I’ve been TAing for a sociology of sport & exercise class for our undergrad Kinesiology majors….and I have to keep telling them how our current culture of “no pain, no gain” is a cultural construct that is not useful for encouraging physical activity (and maintaining it as a lifelong pursuit!)
My dear friend Ragen Chastain mentioned on Facebook that she had gone to an enjoyable Zumba class the night before, but was dismayed the next day when she checked out the Zumba studio’s facebook page. Apparently they posted an image stating: “Are You Feeling Dizzy, Sweating, Tired, Breathless? … Good, Great Workout!!!” I’ve posted my modified version below:
Okay, so let’s get started on how wrong this is. Not a little bit wrong. Not even a medium amount of wrong. A Carl Sagan, galaxy-filled COSMOS of wrong. This is not inspiring. This is not cool. This is irresponsible and dangerous.
This sign to me represents a culture where we learn to ignore the signals our bodies send as we work out. This is about a culture of masochism, where the more pain…
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