Fitness, Well-Being, and Preparation for Death


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Moira Howes
Trent University
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In this article, I argue that we should revise our understanding of physical fitness to include preparation for challenging physically mediated life experiences—such as aging, disability, illness, reproduction, and death—as an important goal of physical activity. Such a revision is needed because the messages about fitness we encounter through “fitness ideology” can undermine the cultivation of skills and perspectives important for finding meaning, equanimity, and even happiness in light of such experiences. Because one of the ways that fitness ideology undermines personal growth and well-being is through the promotion of fear and denial of our mutability and mortality, I focus on death, generally the most...
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