I was very thankful when I arrived at the gym the following day and saw an HVAC service vehicle parked in front
I have a very strict but productive routine during the week. I get up to an extra early alarm in order to stop at a fitness center on my way to work. The fitness center provides 24/7 access and there’s very few people there at that time of morning. I never need to wait to use the machines I want. I devote an hour to cardio, strength training and stretching and then use the showers and locker rooms to get cleaned up and dressed. I head into the office ahead of rush hour traffic. Because of the workout, I’m energized and super productive. I typically finish up early and can once again avoid rush hour for the commute home. Last summer, I started having all sorts of complaints with headaches, congestion, itchy eyes and sore throat. I’d sit down at my desk and cough and sneeze and blow my nose continually. My productivity suffered. It took me forever to finish tasks, and I’d end up getting home super late. I had trouble getting out of bed in the morning, and I dreaded my workouts. Every time I spent an hour at the gym, I felt worse. It finally occurred to me that my symptoms showed up right when the weather warmed up. This also coincided with the gym using the air conditioner. I was suspicious that the cooling system was pumping contaminants into the air and making me sick. I mentioned my concerns to someone at the front desk, and she admitted that she’d also been dealing with the same health concerns. I was very thankful when I arrived at the gym the following day and saw an HVAC service vehicle parked in front. There was a technician inside working on the air conditioner.