September 16, 2016 05:10 PM

When she’s not communicating with the dead, Long Island Medium‘s Theresa Caputo is doing heavy lifting at the gym.

“[Working out] just helps me in general,” Caputo, 49, tells PEOPLE. I always hated exercising. If you remember, in the early episodes of Long Island Medium I didn’t like working out, but now I can’t picture my day without it.”

For many people, going to the gym is an escape from work and other life stressors, and for Caputo that’s no exception – though she does still hear dead people at the gym.

“I try not to say anything,” she says. “I work out at a real hardcore gym so there’s all these tough guys, and I know as I’m working out they’re all talking to their dead relatives.”

But she tries not to let the chatter from beyond the grave get in the way of her workouts.

“I’m learning how to be like, ‘This is my time, I need to focus, I’m going to work out and then you can tell me whatever you want after.’ “

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