My attitude to sports of any kind has been always very suspicious. Any kind of mass obsession caused by a brainwash “it’s useful and healthy'” causes some natural resistance in me. Recently I found out what the reason for my sceptical attitude towards any kind of fitness and sports: why doing it while we can do something more useful with the same results?
Modern people in the “civilized societies” have created an enormous level of physical comphort. They have learned to avoid any physical work and enjoy their laziness. At the same time they realise that “the body needs to be shaken.” And that – regular! So, the clever modern mind has invented the need of fitness and sports.
Look at this amusing description:
“A man who spends his necessary, unenjoyed working life among papers and ideas will recreate his innate expectation of physical work through something like golf. Unmindful that its main virtue is uselessness, the golfer trudges about in the sun carrying a heavy load of clubs and every so often brings his attention to a sharp focus on the problem of persuading a ball to fall into a hole in the ground; this is done, very inefficiently, with the end of one of those clubs, not by carrying the ball and dropping it in. If he were made to do all this by force, he would feel sorely put upon, but as it is called recreation and is guaranteed to serve no purpose beyond exercising him, he is free to enjoy it. But there are now many golfers who have allowed the labour-saving impulse to spoil some of this pleasure as well, since it has been suggested by the relevant sector of the culture that carrying the clubs is not pleasant and, more recently, that the trudging between strokes ought also to be moved into the work category and little automotive carts are used instead. To re-create themselves after playing golf, they may soon have to resort to tennis.” (by Jean Liedloff)
Isn’t it hilarious?
And the truth of the moment is very simple: why not do some necessary physical work (house cleaning, washing up, gardening, fixing some small damages in household or any other useful physical work outside) on our own? No, we prefer to hire a cleaning lady and then go to a fitness club. The amount of energy we would spend on housework is surely the same as at fitness club, and besides it is a useful training! The joy of working with own hands is something hard to compare with other things. After all, our ancestors have been living it since millenia and that is a strong inborn mechanism. Then why reject it?
Another truth is that the huge fitness industry will never let us come back to the roots and enjoy the simple physical work.