A friend of this blog writes:
So, this opinion piece says the poor don’t get enough exercise, so of course the wealthy are to blame. Why? Because wealthy whites like to do things like yoga, spinning groups and the like, and they don’t see poor people at those classes.
The writer’s solution is anti-wealth. The writer could decide that we need to encourage job growth so poor people could raise their income and choose new forms of exercise, if that is what they want. But instead decides that everyone needs to be brought down a notch, do community yoga and the like.
Sort of like the morning calisthenics during Mao’s regime!
I wonder how the fitness instructor a feel, the yoga instructors, etc about the idea that they are making too much money teaching classes to wealthy people? The writer didn’t say that, but that would be a consequence of getting rid of private gyms.
Eggs must be broken to make an omelet!
And did the writer ask poor people what they’d like to do to increase their physical activity? I mean, in cities, many of the poor are already walking quite a bit for errands, to the bus, etc. Would they like community exercise opportunities? Well, sure, let me just pencil that in between my 2 hour bus commute between my two jobs, picking up food for my family, and washing clothes at the laundromat.
Back when I went without a car for a year, I lost like 30 pounds – and rarely had much time for anything but getting ready for my next walking/biking/mass transit sojourn.