Exercise has become something we have to make time for rather than something that’s just a normal part of everyday life, e.g. cycling is a lycra-clad extreme sport rather than a mode of transport. Or even worse, it’s something we look at rather than participate in. When people ask ‘what sport do you like?’ they usually mean what do you watch on TV. Passivity has become the norm.
For a lucky few, like Lord Coe, sport is their job, it keeps them occupied and healthy at the same time. Crucially they get paid for it too.
Writing about it too, is avoidance. For me, it’s lunchtime at the moment and I’ll be digging my allotment later.