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Dear Rabbi Simon
Whilst I have realised for a while at my ripe old age that I need to do more exercise, what holds me back is finding the time.  Once I get home in the evening, there is always something to do and despite my best efforts I never seem to be able to get these trainers on and get out the house for a jog!
One solution which would really work for me would be to go to the gym next to my office during the working day, I would be able to schedule it in, and hopefully listen to a shiur in the gym too.
Am I right in thinking that as long as one is careful to guard ones eyes that it is okay to go to a mixed gym?  (Alas there is no men-only gym nearby.)

Dear Jim,
The short answer to your question is yes, in view of your circumstances and stage of life, for reasons of improving/maintaining/preserving good health there are grounds to allow attending a mixed gym as per the specifics of your question.
Best regards
Rabbi Rashi Simon

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Dear Rabbi Simon,
Where do you stand on quinoa (and the kitniyot ban) for Pesach?
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Dear Tzippy,
In line with other American authorities, I am in favour of quinoa. Although I reject completely the voices (mostly from Israel) seeking to abolish the ban on kitniyot entirely, IMO we do not need to include in the prohibition pseudo-grains that were unknown in the Old World until modern times. Best to buy with a Pesach hechsher though, to be free of any possible wheat contamination.
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