Would You Go Running More if a Man Carried a TV in Front of You?

By Gary Cutlack on at

The safe exercise environments provided by gym chain David Lloyd are testing a new motivational service, with one gym offering the chance to jog around for a bit while a man with a tablet strapped to his back stays in front -- letting you watch TV over the sounds of your gasping breath, exploding heart, and the voice in your head saying 'This can't really be good for me'.

The TV-on-a-slave's-back thing is real and not a joke, although you need to be within commuting range of the gym's Chigwell branch this weekend to see if it's as impossible to concentrate on TV while bouncing along as it appears. You also have to book a space on the PTV course and hope it's not already been over-subscribed by ironic gym bunnies, eager to try a new thing that's almost certainly just a stunt.

Before you say 'Why is this news? I came here to see leaks of potential iPhone 11 third-party cases' there's a serious point being made. The nation's love of binge-watching US straight-to-streaming superhero shite is potentially hazardous for our health, they say, with work stresses and the peer pressure to always have watched all 48 episodes of the week's coolest thing meaning we're perilously close to becoming a sad country of obese people, albeit obese people with encyclopedic knowledge of competing cinematic universes. So, er, join a gym.

Jorge Fernandes from the Chigwell DL operation said: "We appreciate that the hectic nature of modern life means people often struggle to find time to exercise each week. Our new PTV classes aim to counter this trend, giving time-poor parents and young professionals the perfect means to stay up to date with their favourite shows while ensuring they stay active and healthy at the same time." [David Lloyd]

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