The horror of “fitness” DVD’s
I was at Best Buy with the spouse the other night, who was purchasing a new phone, and while waiting I was perusing the DVD’s and Wii games. I found this rather amusing:
Yes it’s a bit of an angle trick as what’s really going on is the Horror section is right next to the Fitness section, but this was the angle from which I approached the shelves, so it’s exactly the way I saw it. And I had a good chuckle to myself.
I also say this as a person who has a couple of fitness DVD’s that I use from time to time and enjoy. But what I don’t enjoy—and wish I could find a dance DVD that didn’t have this—is the weight shame. All of them promise weight loss, “trimmer tummies,” etc. That’s what I find so horrifying. That we’re moving with the goal of changing that which cannot be changed; moving as a punishment for the “sin” of eating; moving to literally beat our bodies into submission. That’s horrifying when there are so many other good and life-giving reasons to move our bodies!