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Wednesday, February 04, 2021

Some people in bloggerland are devoting their downsized-delivered downtime toward increased time in the gym.

Funny, because that same thought had crossed my mind nearly a year ago, when I found myself with a significant chunk of extra time after wrapping things up with a major client. I had enough money to basically coast for a little while (this was before the recession hit the fan), and figured, since my chief excuse against regularly working out was lack of time, that this was an ideal window in which to do some personal body work.

I never did get around to it. I found out that my innate resistance to physical exercise was stronger than the pull of filling a time vacuum.

Maybe the notion will take hold when I’m truly unemployed, versus underemployed. Because that seems to be the crucial determinant for spurring people onto the healthclub treadmill:

…Ever noticed that your friend who is laid off seems to be using some of his downtime to grow abs of steel? Declining work hours, hypothesizes [University of North Carolina-Greensboro economics professor Christopher] Ruhm, may give us more time to get to the gym or to shop for food rather than ordering take-out or buying prepared meals. Even those of us who still have our jobs might not need to work as hard or as long when business is slower, giving us more time and energy to spend on healthier activities. “I’m not saying this is universally true,” Ruhm says. “It’s not to say some people aren’t incredibly despondent and can’t get out of bed.”

Economically-triggered despondency? That sounds like a solid start to a crash 51-pound-shedding Unemployment Diet. Combine that with the extra gym time, and your body-fat index will soon resemble the economy’s growth rate.

At least all this economic turbulence will result in an overdue wave of improved physical fitness. It’ll balance out the deteriorating mental health outlook, too.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 02/04/2021 11:18:54 AM
Category: Business, Science, Society
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  1. Maybe it’s not too late for Congress to add gym subsidies for the unemployed to its stimulus package, It wouldn’t be any crazier than the honeybee insurance proposal.

    Comment by jobseeker — 02/05/2021 @ 10:49:29 AM

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