For all of you that made New Years resolutions to work out more, here’s a handy dandy flowchart to figure out what to do when you meet something you (vaguely) know in the gym. I always hate that, since I’ll be bright red, dressed in highly practical but kind of unflattering gym clothes and covered in sweat. The person in question will invariably look good in her gym clothes, be running harder than me but not even out of breath, and then will proceed to ask me what I’m doing these days, didn’t I graduate this summer? and I’ll be forced to answer that I still don’t have a job. (No, I’m not frustrated about my first six months post-graduation at all.) Anyway, if you follow the chart, you can avoid those awkward conversations in future. You’re welcome.

By the way, this is not to say that if you ever come across me in the gym, you can’t talk to me. You can, as long as you look exhausted, like working out is supposed to make you look. Then I will be glad of your company. Toss in mentions of a post-workout snack (preferably chocolate, but shared so not to totally negate the exercise that was just had) and I will be your friend for life. Just so you know.