Monday, June 13, 2016
Working Out With Kitties Around
What's in YOUR gym bag?
So much of the time, our kitties are lazy slug-a-bugs. They are always sleeping! It's hard to be human, and stay active all day when the kitties are setting such an example. Some days ... don't we all just want to "cat"? Zzzzzzzz ...
We love our kitties, and they love us. If I head down to the basement gym to exercise, they often follow. If I shut them out, they will pitifully poke their paws under the door. For the most part, I'm okay if they are in the gym with me if I'm on the elliptical or stationary bike. I tried letting them stay while I did weights ... but they were constantly underfoot (literally) or jumping and sitting on my chest while I was trying attempting a chest press. They had to go while weightlifting.
... and of course, anytime the treadmill is on, they aren't allowed in.
Sorry kitties, you'll have to get your steps in elsewhere!
Here is Oreo "helping" while I hula hoop.
While normally I feel like the elliptical is pretty safe, I was aware of Oreo jumping into the open back section. Often, he'd do this RIGHT as I was about to start a session. I'd have to coax him out before beginning. Silly kitty! The other night I had a bad scare (we both did!) as he must have already been in the machine. I didn't know he was there :( I started ... and luckily it does start up quite slow, but still, there was resistance, a thunk, a "meoooowww" and I immediately jumped off but poor Oreo had some difficulty getting out. I'm not exactly sure how it impacted him, if anything was smashed. His poor fur had the grease from the gears on it. He ran right upstairs, and wasn't limping, or showing any visible signs of injury but still, I was sick about it! It took a day or two before I was confident he hadn't been hurt ... poor kitty!
My sweet kitty! Both our kitties have their active, crazy moments too, where I'm sure they get their heart rate racing. But so much of the time ... sleepy snuggles. I had to laugh, when Oreo came and cuddled with my sweaty stuff after one of my Zumba classes. I'd changed out of my shirt, pulled of my Polar HRM strap and set them on the bed and ... Zzzzzzz. Silly kitty!
How do your animals impact your exercise?