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Exercise Freaks Are Soulless, Disgusting, Putrid

by Camella Lobo 


Tags: Spirituality, health, soul, fitness, Reid Buckley, The American Conservative,

Exercise FreakWalking like a zombie on a treadmill to nowhere means you are self-obsessed and have no soul, according to Reid Buckley in The American Conservative. He compares excessive exercise to the ancient Hebrews in the desert, worshipping a golden calf.

Buckley’s proposed solution is to take a stand against the gym junkies’ soul-sucking ways by simply ignoring them. Oh, and then eat some chocolate cake. He writes:

The fitness craze is simply another escape from the consequences of metaphysical ignorance—an attempt to flee time and space and the inevitability of inexorable, unstoppable, uncamoflageable aging. One pities them: they are doomed to the disintegration of the mortal frame in which they take such pride and invest such complacent hope, doomed to the eventual rotting of their poor flesh—cold to the touch, loathsome to the sight, offensive to all the yet living: disgusting, putrid, worm-ridden, foul.

Source: The American Conservative

tammy hynes
6/25/2009 2:55:46 PM

I think all three of you missed the phrase "excessive exercise" in the first paragraph...


cbrownlie
6/23/2009 1:31:39 PM

I've been an exercise freak for years and I don't eat the toxic stuff that passes for food in American supermarkets. My philosophy is that you can eat whatever you like and I'll leave you alone. It's your body. I would be very happy if others would extend the same courtesy to me. Why should it bother you that I politely turn down white bread, white sugar, and farm factory meat?


mark1t_13
6/17/2009 11:35:37 AM

I heard going to the gym can help improve neurochemistry and self image. Not exercising and eating too much cake however can lead to becoming negative and critical of others, even to stereotyping them, which to me, "metaphysically speaking", seems ignorant.


lauragrimes
6/16/2009 10:57:20 AM

I teach Senior Aerobics. I love teaching this class. Their perspective is: I am doing this for my health. I want to be able to keep doing the things I am doing. And I enjoy seeing my friends while I am taking class. It's not about having a hard body. It's not about appearance. It's about function. Sitting around eating chocolate cake isn't going to cut it.