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Are Health Clubs Spiritual Communities?

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Researchers from Harvard’s Divinity School are trying to determine what spaces function as spiritual communities. The New York Times article, When Some Turn to Church, Others Go to CrossFit, examines the efforts of researchers to pinpoint what constitutes religiosity in America.

I suppose it depends on how you define spiritual or religiosity. My experience is that is it not spiritual. I think it is as simple as health clubs, for some, constitute the third place people interact. I have worked in gyms for 35 years I find it curious that so many people spend so much time walking on treadmills when it is a perfectly beautiful it’s-great-to-be-alive day.

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