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Why To Exercise Today: 'Fit Is The New Rich'

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The enormous popularity of Stafko's essay confirms a long-standing sense I've had that many Americans are annoyed by public displays of fitness. I've never owned an expensive car or million-dollar home. But fitness-induced annoyance strikes me as similar to the resentment that symbols of wealth can provoke. In a nation grown fat, fit is the new rich. Among fitness have-nots, there's a simmering distaste for runner smugness, perhaps even a desire to see runners trip and fall.

Such pettiness isn't beneath me. When a woman ahead of me in an airline queue recently contorted herself into a yoga pretzel, I found myself hoping she'd lose her balance, especially since I'm barely flexible enough to touch my toes.

(Hat-tip: Tom Anthony)

This program aired on November 19, 2013. The audio for this program is not available.

Carey Goldberg Twitter Editor, CommonHealth
Carey Goldberg is the editor of WBUR's CommonHealth section.

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