Joe Rogan And Others BLAST Women’s Fitness Magazine For Apologizing For Suggesting Readers ‘Burn Christmas Calories’

A women’s health magazine has apologized after tweeting "burn off those Christmas calories,” Joe Rogan and other blast Women’s Fitness Magazine on Twitter.

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The holidays are renowned for the time when people celebrate a little too much, possibly overindulging in copious amounts of food and drink. Since fitness magazines have ever existed, they have published articles providing insight on how to lose the extra weight gained during the holiday season. However, we are in a time when outrage is weaponized to the point that fitness magazines get chastised for suggesting to their readers that they actually exercise. We truly live in spurious times.

The U.K.-based Women’s Fitness Magazine posted an on-brand and seemingly innocuous suggestion that people may want to start exercising to slim down after pigging out during the past few weeks.

On Sunday, Women’s Fitness mag tweeted, “Are you getting out for a run, walk or cycle today? It’s a great day to burn off those Christmas calories… post your pics here!”

The tweet was sensible and proposed living a healthy lifestyle, so of course, people on Twitter had a problem with it.

Dr. Sarah Vohra, a “consultant psychiatrist in Nottinghamshire,” cried that the tweet used “problematic language.”

“Hugely concerning and problematic language,” the belly-aching kvetcher wrote. “We shouldn’t be ascribing moral labels to food and exercise or encouraging people to adopt an earn and burn mentality; it’s the fall out from these damaging marketing campaigns that I see only too well in clinic.”

Why do the British refuse to use “the” before “clinic” and “hospital?” Americans made the best decision in 1776.

“As a mainstream fitness magazine, why not use the opportunity to promote the positive mental and physical health benefits to be gained from going outdoors/ exercise; improved mood, better sleep, more energy etc. Disappointing,” the captious fussbucket with less than 750 Twitter followers complained.

Another quibbling Twitter user whined by calling the suggestion of exercising as “triggering and outdated.”

“I find it really sad that in 2020 you’re promoting the need to ‘burn off’ Christmas calories. I think that’s a very triggering and outdated message to be sharing. You’re encouraging women to work out from a place of guilt/shame which I think is very negative and dangerous.”

Instead of simply ignoring the pernickety online gripers, Women’s Fitness backpedaled to the squawks of the apparent carping harridans.

“Sorry to hear you’ve seen some distressing examples of food issues,” Women’s Fitness replied. “We weren’t saying people had to burn off calories. The reality is that some people will have eaten more than usual and may be feeling that they want to do something about it. Or some people may feel OK with it.”

The internet was in utter shock that the fitness magazine actually apologized for suggesting that people exercise after the holidays, including Joe Rogan. On Instagram, the UFC commentator and podcast heavyweight posted a screencap of an article headlined: “WOMEN’S FITNESS MAGAZINE APOLOGISES AFTER TELLING READERS TO ‘BURN OFF CHRISTMAS CALORIES.’ Rogan captioned the photo: “This is so dumb it hurts my feelings.”

Other online commentators blasted the Fitness Magazine for apologizing.

“Idc what you do.. you need therapy. It’s a fitness magazine,” a woman replied.

A snarky Twitter user sarcastically quipped, “Exactly, a fitness magazine should NOT discuss fitness. I also get triggered when GQ talks about fashion, Sports Illustrated mentions sports, Entertainment mentions celebrities, or when Rolling Stone has the nerve to discuss music. How. Dare. They.”

One level-headed individual injected some common sense into the discussion, “Nothing wrong with this post at all. Everyone knows it’s natural to eat more and kinda binge over Christmas. Yes, it’s positive for people to take action and burn calories. If you don’t want to, don’t. Imagine being offended at being encouraged to exercise.”

One Twitter user astutely asked, “This is a fitness page. Not a make unfit slobs happy page. Mens fitness would never post about keeping a beer belly would they?”

“This is definitely satire,” one person wrote.

Let’s hope that people stand up to the fauxrage on social media in 2021. And by “stand up,” I meant figuratively, as in “standing up” like “defending an idea against criticism.” I apologize to anyone in advance who was offended by my choice of words, there was zero disrespect to those who can’t actually physically “stand up.” I’ll do better in the future and consider my ableist privilege.

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