Are you tired of seeing fit people post their workout selfies and #gainz on social media? Do you roll your eyes at the thought of another person telling you to “just do it” when it comes to getting in shape? Well, fear not my fellow couch potatoes, because I have a theory that may just change your perspective on all of this fitness madness.

Have you ever heard of cargo cults? No, they’re not some new fad diet that promises to help you shed pounds by only eating escargot (although, if anyone wants to start that trend, I’m all for it). A cargo cult is a type of religious movement that emerged in certain parts of the world after World War II. The followers of these cults believed that by building replicas of airplanes and airports, they could attract the cargo planes that had brought them goods during the war. They would perform rituals and mimic the behavior of the military personnel who operated the planes, hoping to attract the wealth and abundance that the planes had brought.

Now, hear me out on this one: I propose that fitness fanatics are essentially modern-day cargo cults. They see all of the “abundance” and “wealth” (in the form of toned abs and bulging biceps) that comes with being in shape, and they believe that by mimicking the behaviors of fit people, they too can attract this abundance. They post their workouts on social media, they talk about their #gainz, and they perform rituals (like chugging protein shakes and wearing matching gym outfits) in the hopes of attracting the wealth of fitness.

But just like the followers of cargo cults, fitness fanatics can get a little too enthusiastic about their chosen path. They may try to convince you that their way is the only way, and that you too can achieve the same level of fitness if you just follow their lead. They might even shame you for not being as dedicated to your fitness journey as they are. But let’s be real: there are countless ways to be healthy and in shape, and what works for one person may not work for another. So don’t let the fitness fanatics pressure you into doing something that doesn’t feel right for you.

And let’s not forget that being fit doesn’t automatically equate to happiness or success. Sure, being in good physical shape can have numerous health benefits, but it’s important to remember that there are many other aspects to a well-rounded and fulfilling life. So the next time you see someone posting yet another gym selfie, just remember: they’re just trying to attract the cargo of fitness, just like the followers of a cargo cult. And if that doesn’t make you feel better, just remember that you can always go back to your cozy spot on the couch and enjoy a nice, guilt-free Netflix binge. Happy lounging!





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