Die Fitness-Religion

Health has replaced both heaven and ethics.
Athleticism is the new form of asceticism.
Positive thinking is prized above reflection and meditation.
Human experience, with its rich, tragic, and ironic complexities, is scaled down to the glow of physical well-being.
And self-knowledge, self-mastery, and self-fulfillment are promised through exercise and eating right.

Os Guinness, Fit Bodies, Fat Minds, Baker: Grand Rapids 1994. (10)