The very idea of going to a gym to “get healthy” or “get in shape” strikes me as a ridiculous waste of resources. It presupposes that the rest of life is unhealthy, that the gym is some magical location that can undo all the damage the outside-gym habits are doing. By playing into this mindset, I believe gyms actually reinforce the bad habits they ostensibly counteract. … Is the obesity epidemic really the result of a lack of access to nautilus machines and pilates reformers?
You may choose to visit the gym as an island of health in a world of disease, but I would much rather visit an island of disease in a world of health: the neighborhood bar.
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