Breaking News: Bragging About Working Out Can Make You Right Wing
Bias alert: I just got home from working out. I even saw the article scrolling Twitter between sets on the squat rack. If this makes me a hateful bro, then a hateful bro be I.
A writer in England was annoyed by #FitnessDay. Specifically, everyone bragging about working out on social media. Which is fine. We all know at least one CrossFitter or Jacked Up Joe who could stand to tone it down a notch. We get it. You're living your best life. What do you want, a Keto-cookie?
Then things got weird.
The problem wasn’t the hashtagging; the problem is with fitness itself.
This is according to someone who writes a fitness column, bear that in mind. "The problem is with fitness itself" seems a bit silly a line, but let's continue.
Do too much, and the self-love develops a carapace of self-sufficiency. This is especially a problem for cyclists, who come to think of themselves as an off-grid warrior class, having performed their commute drawing on no more resources than their own glutes, and maybe a sports drink. Unavoidably, over time, this makes you more rightwing, as you descend into an aerobics-powered moral universe where only the weak need each other, and all the strong need is a waterpouch in their backpack that pipes straight into their mouths.
I see. Just like the being a lazy, fat slob makes you more leftwing (see Fat Pride Propagandist Says ‘F*ck Your Beauty Standards.’ She Has No Standards and Fat Shaming? ‘Experts’ Now Claim Your ‘Healthy Food’ Blog Causes Eating Disorders).
The author does make a point. I can see where exercise makes you more of a conservative: powering yourself, becoming a better version of yourself, working... on yourself. Learning to rely only on... yourself. There's a trend here, you see it? People who better themselves tend carry that trait out in their politics.
But I don't view "self-sufficiency" as a problematic trigger word. Working out teaches you personal responsibility. Taking control of your own health. Being able to stand on your own.
Basically, everything the left hates. So rather than asking cyclists or other fitness fiends to "tone down the #humblebrags on Instagram" this columnist is "fitness-shaming" people by calling them the absolute worst insult in 2018: a conservative.