How you feel in the gym matters. It’s a matter of social justice.

We are bombarded with messages to ‘move more.’ Physical activity is good for us, we’re told. In the right doses, yes, meeting minimum levels of activity reduces our risk of chronic conditions like type 2 diabetes, some cancers, cardiovascular diseases, and depression, plus it helps with stress and our general quality of life.

It seems often forgotten, however, that ‘moving more’ usually means going somewhere. For many of us, that place is the gym. And gyms can be more, or less, inviting.

Content Alert: Geography Compass, Volume 6, Issue 8 (August 2012) is Available Online Now

Volume 6, Issue 8 Pages 455-511, August 2012 The latest issue of Geography Compass is available on Wiley Online Library. Click past … More