A neighbor of mine challenged her overweight husband to lose weight, and so she bought him an exercise app. He responded cheerfully, “Great! I’ll listen to it in the car as I drive to work!” We all had a good laugh at the lengths he went to avoid exercise.
Americans have a complicated relationship with exercise. Mark Twain once declared, “Whenever I feel the urge to exercise come on, I lie down until it passes.” This comment is echoed by Lucy, in the comic strip Peanuts, “Exercise is a dirty word… Every time I hear it, I wash my mouth out with chocolate.”