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It was the year of the at-home workout—Peloton, Nordic Track, and Beach Body. Or maybe you just got on craigslist and outfitted the garage. Over and over, I’ve heard people raving about how much they love their home workout routine and predicting the death of traditional gyms. Why would anyone go back?
Because Humans Are a Social Species
Forces that sometimes drift outside the cold logic of practicality and efficiency compel we human folk. We buy paperback books because we prefer the feeling, live and die with our favorite sports team, wave strangers on at four-way stops, and spend energy each day sifting through our ever-expanding collections of shirts, pants, and shoe options to find the right outfit. We are a social species that cannot thrive or even define ourselves in isolation.