Here’s a hot take from across the pond thanks to columnist Zoe Williams of The Guardian. It seems boasting about your fitness puts you in great danger of becoming a right-winger. “I’m not sure what exercise does for your body,” she writes, “but I do know what it does to your personality. And it’s not pretty.”
I went for a run this morning. Now I feel the urge to invade Poland pic.twitter.com/O26dwloFvb
— Claire Lehmann (@clairlemon) October 1, 2019
It seems that Williams considers self-sufficiency to be a characteristic of the right-wing. Funny … we keep being told we’re supposed to give up our cars to save the environment, but there’s a dark side to cycling:
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.
Despite the clickbait headline, that’s the only mention of becoming a right-winger in the piece. So beware, liberal cyclists … exercise will change you.
“I’m not sure what exercise does for your body…” stopped reading there
— Trey S (@trey__bob) October 1, 2019
Odd to see them coming out blatantly saying they don't know something
— Iwasright (@winklevoss4) October 1, 2019
Exercise is literal fascism
— Thomas Adamson (@tomthecamel2093) October 1, 2019
Right wing is not fascist please. 😉
— Eric Lavoie (@elavoie) October 1, 2019
To the Guardian, they are one and the same.
— ThePigman (@The__Pigman) October 1, 2019
— Eric Lavoie (@elavoie) October 1, 2019
The tone is ridiculous but I actually don't think the core premise is so crazy. Self-discipline and personal improvement equate with right of centre views… if anything it's an endorsement of the right.
— Sam White (@SamWhiteTky) October 1, 2019
It's also known as personal accountability. Which I think is a great thing.
— Sean P. Collins (@RealSPCollins) October 1, 2019
Is being fit going to become some kind of hate or phobia? Not only will we have to “bake that cake!”, we’ll have to eat it too
— Gravenstein (@GravensteinJon) October 1, 2019
No wonder being honest and saying being fat is unhealthy is now labeled oppression.
— Nate (on the) Stone (@nes_nathan) October 1, 2019
— SeriousGoofball (@KleinTrottel) October 1, 2019
Know the feeling. Felt like running for Governor of California right after doing deadlifts.
— Neovocis (@neovocis) October 1, 2019
Every time I do yoga I suddenly want a smaller government.
— Anna Gát ✨ (@TheAnnaGat) October 1, 2019
I did a sit-up last week. Now I want another damn tax cut
— jin boh (@jinboh10) October 1, 2019
So that's why I suddenly start dreaming of invading and colonizing Mexico after I finish working out with my hot personal trainer.
— Brian Cates (@drawandstrike) October 1, 2019
I’m been doing push ups on the hour at work. Made me realize fetuses are babies
— William Page (@Absoullutelee) October 1, 2019
hey @clairlemon check it out. just did the Orange Theory Dri Tri. 2km row, 5km run & 300 body weighted exercises…51m 31s. not too shabby, eh folks? so anyway I got this runner's high and IMMEDIATELY realized we need to run a 10-part @Quillette series praising Friedrich Hayek pic.twitter.com/M65EM8Ps8c
— Jonathan Kay (@jonkay) October 1, 2019
Imagine hating yourself so much, you can find victimisation in other people keeping fit.
— Lord LiquorSnurf of Humbuggery (@LiquorSnurf) October 1, 2019
— Billy Ho (@billyrmho) October 1, 2019
Leftists are so desperate to demonize the Right Wing. It’s sad really. It’s an addiction. They need an intervention.
— Matthew (@GreatAgainMatty) October 1, 2019
Darn right wingers and their *shuffles cards* good health!
— Tony Fedora (@tony_fedora) October 1, 2019
Tweeting is right wing, Claire. You’ve been warned.
— Converted Cyclist (@convertdcyclist) October 1, 2019
‘Are they on DRUGS?!’ The Guardian tells Snopes to hold their beer with piece BLATANTLY carrying water for Antifa thugs https://t.co/XsZKA2Jf2a
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) July 1, 2019