Will the Government Pass Laws Requiring Exercise?

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg loves us. He wants us to be healthy. So he’s taken it upon himself to pass laws to stop people from eating too much salt, trans fats, and big sugary drinks. He believes these new laws will make a difference. Of course, they might, but so will passing a law that requires everybody to eat only 1800 calories per day.

When Mayor Bloomberg gets a hold of the new exercise study, there’s no telling what new laws will be passed. According to the medical journal The Lancelot, “a third of the world's adults are physically inactive, and the couch potato lifestyle kills about five million people every year.” That’s about the same number of people who die from cigarette smoking.

If smoking can be banned in restaurants, buildings, apartments, and parks because of health concerns and healthcare costs, then it seems logical that people should be required to participate in “30 minutes of moderate physical activity five times a week, 20 minutes of vigorous activity three times a week, or a combination of the two.”

With ObamaCare being ruled constitutional, it’s not beyond the realm of possibilities that the government could require an exercise program of every American. If people can be taxed if they do not purchase health insurance, surely they can be taxed for not exercising according to a set of government-mandated exercise requirements to foster optimum fitness in the name of lowering healthcare costs.

The Lancet series called for global efforts to promote physical exercise by improving pedestrian and cyclist safety on city roads, for example, more physical education at school or promoting access to free public exercise spaces.

What does “global efforts” mean? Will the United Nations be empowered to force exercise compliance? Will we have to wear pedometers to prove how much physical activity we get in a day?

There’s already a “Let’s Move” campaign spearheaded by Michelle Obama and Health and Human Service Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. The administration wants local leaders to create more play areas for children working with businesses to fund city street closings. “These so-called ‘play streets’ allow children and their families to run, walk, bike or play outside without worrying about traffic.” Could the next step be compulsory?

Maybe the government will mandate that we walk to work or get a bicycle. Justice John Roberts and his four Supreme Court comrades gave the government unlimited power to force us to comply with its policies in the name of “good health.” You better getting your walking shoes and drop a few pounds before the government police knock on your door with a set of scales.


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  • Michael Isenberg

    I think government-mandated exercise is in the pipeline. In my novel, Full Asylum, which takes place a few years in the future, I predict a federal "Healthy Office Program" which requires everyone to engage in 15 minutes of group calisthenics at the beginning of the workday.
    - Mike
    http://www.FullAsylum.com

    • InvisibleHandInMyPants

      So you get this site to create a post so you can comment and pimp you POS book. Nice work.
      Lots of fools here, so you may sell a few.
      The stench that arises from this site and folks like you is overpowering. If you cant make people afraid enough with twisted facts, you dream up some silly unsubstaintiated nonesense about gummit required exercise. And the fools buy in to it.
      You are scum.
      Is anything sourced in this story? No names. No gummit officials. Just pure conjecture. And Bloomberg is an odd bird. The Dems surely dont claim him, nor does Obama.
      I had a dream last night about unicorns. Think Ill pen a diary about gummit requiring all citizens to purchase gummit owned unicorns.

      • Screeminmeeme

        IHIMP........See you are spewing your usual blather.

        Sources? Names? Gov officials? Who are you to demand proof which confirms this article? You let your beloved Obama get away with mountains of lies and obfuscation. He took office making claims that have never been substantiated.

        Where are the sources that prove who he is? Names? Place? Records?

        His nebulous past doesn't seem to bother you one whit, nor does the imposition of his will on the people. Anyone who hasn't had their head up their butt...anyone paying attention...has observed the gargantuan tentacles of his administration reaching further and further into our lives.

        Have you ever read George Orwell's '1984?'...or are comic books your usual fare? Not so surprisingly, what happened in the fictional nation of Oceania, is transpiring right here, right now in our country.

        1984 is a political novel written with the purpose of WARNING readers in the West of the dangers of totalitarian government. Having witnessed firsthand the horrific lengths to which totalitarian governments would go in order to sustain and increase their power, Orwell wrote to SOUND THE ALARM in the West where there was uncertainty about how to react to the RISE of Marxism and Communism.

        He was deeply concerned and dismayed by the oppression and brutality in COMMUNIST/MARXIST countries, and was very concerned about the role of technology in enabling oppressive governments to monitor and control their citizens. He ultimately concluded that technology which can be used for moral good, can also help the advancement of diabolical evil.

        One of Orwell’s most important messages in 1984 is that LANGUAGE is of central importance to human thought because it provides the framework and limitations for ideas that individuals might want to express.

        Just like the book....Political correct speech and behavior is being forced on a people who have the constitutional right to speak freely.......legal action is taken if you say something that offends someone else.....and as a result a new language is being developed by which we can no longer accurately express certain ideas. Up is down, in is out, black is white, slavery is freedom. And truth is avoided at all cost.

        And....Obamacare is in the process of destroying our economy, our medical system, and life in America as we know it. It had nothing to do with health, and everything to do with control. Our privacy is all but gone and the IRS will have access to everything including our bank accounts. And appointed government panels....just like Palin said.....will decide who lives and dies, which is the ultimate control.

        Obama's compelling need to control, if he is successful at fooling people a second term, will no doubt be seen in more legislation and executive orders that will gradually rob us of every liberty.

        I recall how those of us who read '1984' laughed at the suggestion that America could ever fall to Communism...how we thought it impossible that Americans would allow such a thing to happen.

        Well...we're not laughing now....because we have a Lying Traitor-in-Chief who is leading our country down the path into the misery of Marxist totalitarianism while some wonder how we got here.

        Obama, the fictional ''BIG BROTHER'' brought to life, is busy at his work of ''transforming'' America .......and pathetic sycophants like you, are making it possible.

        • InvisibleHandInMyPants

          Wow. You are ill. That was scary crazy. Coward.

        • Screeminmeeme

          IHIMP...Thx for making my point.

          You can't refute anything I posted so you use the standard refuge of all cowards....ad hominems.

        • ed8101

          Screeminmeeme you are right on target. Many years ago Nikita Khruchev (sp?) told us we would be conquered from within. I expect he is now laughing in his grave. Really appreciate the reference to "1984" -- wish more people would wake up and see what is happening.

        • Sam in NC

          Ed, the original 1956 version. Scary stuff ! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQ7ZxW68ww0&feature=related

        • Rosie46

          People are still sleeping and like lemmings will follow Obama over a cliff. Look at his executive orders and the UN treaties that he is pushing and you will see what he envisions as the future for our country -- let the UN control our oceans (LOST), our land and propduction (Agenda 21), our rights (Small Arms Treaty) and our children (UN Conventionon the Rights of the Child (changed to rights of disabled person to cover its real goal - our children). Do we want the UN taking all US sovreignty from us? Wake up!!!

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1228864447 John Mora Capestany

          I have seen Communism and its effects up front and personal. Your post has to be one of the best I have read and "on Target". I agree that the current administration has conditioned the ill-educated public into believing that the administration has their best welfare at heart. Nothing could be farthest from reality...it's about control- total control and by the time they realize it, it will be difficult to reverse the effects. What bothers me most is that members of Congress and the Senate do nothing about it.
          It's as if they're all brainwashed or hypnotized by the rhetoric. People,
          wake up and smell the B.S.... if Congress and the Senate isn't working for us, VOTE THEM OUT!!!

        • Sam in NC

          John, I think that majority of the Congress are either being bought off, blackmailed, are Commies themselves, or have had physical threats made toward them or their families, by the Commie thugs in the current administration. I can see no other reason for this traitorous behavior.

        • Screeminmeeme

          Sam in NC....Remember...there are 70 registered socialists in Congress. These guys/gals are on the same wavelength as Obama....so why would they oppose his agenda?

          We are absolute fools for letting these people remain in power.

        • Sam in NC

          You're right. It's time to cleanse the Congress of this scum.

        • Doris

          I like your post - and, I just saw this on Medical News Today's website. My guess is that one day, if you can't prove you are exercising, you will not be covered by "Obamacare" and you will pay yet another TAX for your laziness! http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/248001.php

        • Sam in NC

          Good post, Screemer !

      • David Lakatos

        Your right you are a jack off.

        • InvisibleHandInMyPants

          You're not your. You are severely lacking in knowledge of Ayn Rand.

      • http://www.facebook.com/michael.hilton.773 Michael Hilton

        Your "invisible hand" is scratching your scrotum, I suspect. Nearly every "conjecture" concerning Obama seems to eventually rear it's head. Obama is a socialist. This country is a Constitutional Republic. The two are incompatible.

        • InvisibleHandInMyPants

          There is zero evidence he is a soshulist. The voices you hear in your puss-filled fevered head dont count. He is a centrist who loves Wall Street money, like any politician does.

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/4ENB63ODGUC7YAF5EKZLEAWIAE Mary

          check your spelling, Mr./Ms. hand in your pants!

        • InvisibleHandInMyPants

          Do you understand satire? One doubts.

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/4ENB63ODGUC7YAF5EKZLEAWIAE Mary

          No, I doubt he's a "Soshulist." I think he's an outright communist like his real daddy, Frank Marshall Davis!

        • InvisibleHandInMyPants

          Reality? Who needs it? Coward.

        • Sam in NC

          TROLL ALERT !!!!!!!

      • Sam in NC

        If you don't like this site, a$$hole, go somewhere else. Nobody likes you here anyway.

    • http://www.facebook.com/michael.hilton.773 Michael Hilton

      That'll make the place look a little like a field full of Chinese all exercising to the same leadership, won't it? Maybe we can adopt a "one child per family" option as the Chinese also have.

      Seriously, I'm so tired of Obama I can't even watch a TV clip having his photo without feeling nauseous.

      PS Your linked site looks really interesting. Well done.

    • David Lakatos

      And tread mill's plug into the internet with camera's. When your doctor say's your over weight to make sure you run 2 miles a day.Oh yes it's will happen in the furture if we keep going down the road we are going now.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/4ENB63ODGUC7YAF5EKZLEAWIAE Mary

        You got it right. When the doctor says "you're severely obese, then it'll be time to have a little discussion with the death panels.

    • http://twitter.com/SunsetParker Sunset Parker

      All right then. If its in your novel its sure to happen. (raising eyebrows)

    • Sam in NC

      Sounds like a good book, bro.

    • Ruggedlark

      Way to promote (innocuously) your novel.

      Personally, I chuckle about the provision to keep young people on their Parent's health insurance until they are 26...which class of people do you think is the most healthiest? Probably those young 18 year olds, just graduating high school-which is why training them for the Military is so easy...Easy to keep young and healthy people, healthy.

      15 mikes of exercise won't be enough. For anybody.

  • Alan Scher

    Medical journal " the Lancelot" ? Is that anything like the Lancet, but without King Arthur?
    Don't you have proof readers?

    • Scott

      How does this affect the point of the article by Gary Demar? The point remains.

    • InvisibleHandInMyPants

      Nah, no time for accuracy. Thats for elitists. This place is a cesspool of ignorance.

  • AngryAndy

    Well of course it is, since the left has no ambition of its own it some one to tell them to put the Bong and chips down, go out side and exercise.

  • Pete

    I can see it now. The people are moved into the cities to make more room for collective farming to grow more crops to feed the starving in Africa and the Middle East. The Block Leader in Jack Boots, black saddle pants and brown shirt blows his whistle and the people hurry outside for 1/2 hour of mandatory exercise then go to their building dining room for hot gruel and ersatz coffee, then to work on their government job. The Leader knows best. Keep voting for the liberals you idiots and your children or grandchildren might see this. P

  • richbrat

    Gary you are talking smack again just to have something to say. Why not can the rhetoric rather than movin' yo mouf' because 90% what you say is B.S. anyway.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4ENB63ODGUC7YAF5EKZLEAWIAE Mary

    Maybe they'll attach a pedometer inside the microchip they want to implant inside the populace for Obamacare.

  • ConservaDave

    On the one hand this article sounds a little silly; on the other hand I don't doubt for a second that these busybody intrusive controlling tyrants would love to figure out a way to force us into something like this, which would make them feel so....worshiped. Lucifer's sin included desiring to take the place of God. How much different are people like Bloomberg and his ilk?

  • BarbinWashington

    Where does all this leave the children and adults who are too disabled to exercise? Of course if Obamacare stands (and I read the entire document) panels will be empowered to deny care to those of us too disabled to be considered "productive members of society". Does anyone remember their history - Germany 1930s ring any bells!

    • Michael G.

      Kind of sounds like that would be the idea anyway.

    • Ruggedlark

      BarbinW. You know exactly where that leaves you.

      Just where the current thought process is right now, in the White House. Not Worthy of Living. Especially, once the government is completely in charge of your medical health, and they MONITOR it.

  • samtman

    It would definitely help to fight obesity and reduce health care cost in these Fat United States of America, FUSA.

  • Macranthunter

    Fine with me. But I expect a fat dividend check for my low blood pressure, on the nose cholesterol, low heart rate, low BMI, flat abs, and overall excellent tone. Also, I expect the President and every member of congress to beat me in a foot race and be able to squat, curl and bench press at least half of my max.

    Otherwise, get off.

    • Ruggedlark

      Lucky You. And, I'm not being a smarty here. I mean it. You WILL be one of the Lucky few. Because, well. You've already outlined your healthy status. Not everyone will be so lucky.

      Lets just hope you are still a tax paying citizen, supporting the government behemoth.

      You Should Get a Bonus. Good Luck with that.

  • jhforsythe

    It is none of the government's business whether I exercise or not!

  • Michael G.

    I've gotten this farf in life without their "meddling". I'll get the rest of the way without it too.

  • Lee

    Bloomberg and his ilk are a bunch of crazed idiots. Banning what "they" think is bad or wrong is not what their job is. Their job is to support the people that they represent, ensure economic, industrial, social growth for their areas of concern and protect those same civilians from terrorists - foreign and domestic - who want to make them chattel and tell them how to live. All of congress needs to be voted out for new blood as well as the WH and then the federal indictments for treason, fraud, theft and endangering the American people by all of those commie socialists.

  • Bob DD

    Communist Russia?

  • Schrecken

    I know a way we can all get more exercise - let's MOVE Obama right out of the Whitehouse this November!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Berenice-Bauer/100000969003176 Berenice Bauer

    Nothing and mean NOTHING surprises me about this administration. The whole batch of them are a bunch of wanna be dictators. Maybe old moochelle could walk to her next vacation place and tote all that luggage on her head. Now that would not only make her healthier physically but the country wealthier.

  • kaafir

    The only ones who wouldn't be affected by something like this would be the muslims, they aren't affected by obama care so why would it be any different with this if it ever happens.

  • organicroseski

    If the government would be successful in forcing people
    If a local government (later Federal) was able to grab the power to make people exercise, as that government directed; this would be government controlling people for the government's good.They would not stop on exercise. I guess you would be able to state that the whole group of people would be subjects to the government. The government would be able to rule at the leaders pleasure. In other words they would be able to start a form of serfdom. (You might say this is stretching Bloomberg's idea.)
    Remember a small change causes a similar change nearby, which then will cause another similar change and so on--the Domino effect ref: wikipedia) Also, it they were able to force people exercise in a certain manner that would mean our rights of choice would be gone.

  • strugglebuggy

    Check Obamacare and find that at certain ages care will be withheld. transplants, knee ops etc will be cost prohibative considering your age and how long they feel you have left. they laughed at Palin for the death panels crack but what else can you call rationing boards? Sell the house to pay up. Oh, dont forget to pay Obama's regime 3.8% sales tax on the house and if you die the heirs owe 55% death tax to the feds alone. That's how he pays for Obamacare. So almost 59% of your estate goes to pay for med. care for strangers. Makes ya feel warm and proud to be so generous??? Why do you think many Drs. are retiring? they wont get pd. as well and they dont want to play God this badly.