If you’re like most of my clients, you have at least one piece of exercise equipment hanging out in your bedroom. There are two problems with this. The first is that, quite frankly, the bedroom should be used only for sleep and sex. Other aerobic activity or exercise equipment that functions as a clothes rack distracts us and makes it difficult to relax or sleep.
Think about it. If you actually use the exercise bike, the bedroom looses it’s restful relaxation zone designation and becomes 24 Hour Fitness©, because, trust me, that bike is there 24 hours a day, making you feel guilty for not using it more. Let’s say it wins out and you do use the bike, 20 minutes before bedtime because that’s the only time you cleared in your schedule. Now you’re amped up and it’s definitely not a relaxation zone. Equally as bad: you don’t use the bike at all and it collects clothing and dust. Now it’s there, making you feel guilty 24/7 while also being a horrific eyesore. This scenario isn’t very relaxing either.
If it’s not exercise equipment, it’s often something else: a chest, a basket, a chair. Whatever it is, we want to remove those catch-all items today. We want the bedroom to be as peaceful and restful as possible.
So what to do? If the bedroom is absolutely the only place you have to put your exercise bike, I want you to think long and hard about how often you use it. Once a week? Once a month? Once a year? Does the amount of use and enjoyment warrant disrupting your sleep and potentially making you feel guilty for not using it. If you’re only using it one day a week, that’s 6 days of guilt. You could just go outside and walk around the block. Let’s say it’s worth it to you to keep it in there, then please at least cover it at night with a sheet or some other calming peace of fabric.
Maybe it’s just free weights that are hanging out, or a yoga mat and a resistance band. If that’s the case, please try to put those away in a closet when they’re not in use. Also question them. Maybe just doing some pushups and sit-ups in the living room, could replace having to store exercise equipment in the bedroom. Or maybe there’s room in the garage. Regardless, please, please try to get it all out of your bedroom today.