Poll: Food Network at the Gym

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An interesting question came up last night - why do so many people watch Food Network at the gym? We watch it because we don't get cable at home and occasionally need a fix of Alton Brown. But we're not the only ones - Rachael Ray, Ina Garten, Emeril and the Next Food Network Star are often playing on the next treadmill over.

Is it motivation to hit that extra mile? For hardcore dieters and gym rats is it perhaps the perverse pleasure of watching something that they're denying themselves? Or is it the sheer wordless entertainment value of exotic travel and Iron Chef throwdowns that have taken over the channel? Tell us...

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.