The PJ Tatler

Should Physical Fitness be a ‘Conservative’ Value?

PJM’s David Steinberg ran a very interesting piece on running shoes and injuries. Highly recommended food for thought.

It reminded me of something I’ve pondered lately. The Centers for Disease Control reported: “About one-third of U.S. adults (33.8%) are obese.” Their time-lapse map shows how states have all gotten fatter since 1985.

Granted, there’s a problem with their Body Mass Index. It’s basically a weight/height formula, which doesn’t adequately separate muscularity from high-fat. But assuming equal sampling error across time and states, the picture isn’t pretty.

Where do conservatives weigh in on this issue? (pun intended) Living in Texas, it’s clear that people are more obese than in California, my ex-state (thank God).

Physical fitness is a reflection of personal responsibility. The Harvard Institute of Lifestyle Medicine notes: “Lifestyle choices, including tobacco use, poor diet, and inactivity, are at the root of the most prevalent causes of death: heart disease, stroke, and cancer.”

Better health means lower medical costs, so you conserve your money.

If we invoke the final Second Amendment solution to get American back on track, physical fitness equates with better survival and success rates.

Thomas Jefferson: “The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.”

They didn’t have Cheetos and TV back then, and had to walk most everywhere.

All military branches require physical training. If you believe in defending the Constitution and Bill of Rights, are you ready?

Same for defending yourself and your family from violent criminals.

My favorite: God gave me a relatively healthy body; to squander it is to insult God. So it’s not vanity, but religious freedom.