The joy of exercise, or why life well lived means a body worked hard
More than the health benefits, getting fit is seriously enjoyable.
"The public health programs are usually phrased as warnings: get fitter or die. And understandably so. The medical evidence on sedentary life and illness, for example, is straightforward, and the various sprains and cuts of exercise are a paltry price to pay. A vision of health was partly what pushed me back into martial arts and jogging when my children were born: hoping to see my children grow up. Kids certainly give me fewer minutes to spare for fitness, but they also provide an existential kick in the bum to try.