Community Roundup: Would You Work Out at Madonna's New Gym?

Plus, can certain scents boost your mood?

Madonna has yet another new business venture: Hard Candy Gym. (iVillage blogger Leslie Goldman speculated what kind of amenities Madonna’s new gym might offer.) Member on the Gym Rats message boards discussed whether they would actually check out her gym if there were one in the neighborhood. The responses were mixed.

Freshstartnow says she is “always open to new ideas” and would at least pop in to see what all the fuss was about. She’d definitely be game for joining if the classes taught some of Madonna’s famous music video choreography.

Jeanwl has zero interest in anything the Material Girl is promoting. “I'm not into celebrity workouts. Being famous doesn't mean you know anything about fitness,” she says.

“Not at all interested,” agrees millcreek2. “The price would probably be too high, simply to carry her name, and it would probably be very trendy with an annoying clientele.”

Would you work out at Madonna’s gym if it came to your city or town? Chime in on the boards.

I am not someone who can let the weather roll off my back. When I am cold, I get angry. So I am usually one of the first people in my neighborhood to pull out my puffy down coat and bundle up from head to toe in hat, mittens and scarf. Despite all my cold-weather accoutrements, I was still frigid while walking my dog yesterday morning. Just as I was cursing the cold weather under my breath, we walked through a Christmas tree lot that had been set up overnight on the sidewalk. I slowed down, breathed in the woodsy pine scent and felt a smile creep over my face. Meanwhile, my arthritic German shepherd started leaping around like a puppy, running from one tree to the next, sniffing vigorously. The smell had given both of us a noticeable lift.

On the Alternative Health message board this week, cmkarla asked her fellow members if certain aromas affect people’s mood -- for better or for worse.

“Warm scents of spices always make me feel at home and relaxed,” says cmamyd. But when she gets a whiff of something she doesn’t like, such as pet smells or heavy floral scents, it can make her feel nauseous or headachy.

Member mollmae also believes scents can make or break at atmosphere. “If I walk into a room and it smells fresh and clean with a nice scent, I feel happier and more at peace. If the room smells stale or smoky or filled with a scent that I don't care for, I really don't want to spend much time there,” she explains.

No wonder realtors like to pop a batch of cookies in the oven before an open house. What smells bring you comfort? Chime in on the boards or below.

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