‘Smith!’ screamed the shrewish voice from the telescreen. ‘6079 Smith W.! Yes, YOU! Bend lower, please! You can do better than that. You’re not trying. Lower, please! THAT’S better, comrade. Now stand at ease, the whole squad, and watch me.’
A sudden hot sweat had broken out all over Winston’s body. His face remained completely inscrutable. Never show dismay! Never show resentment! A single flicker of the eyes could give you away.
Nineteen Eighty Four, George Orwell.
If you have ever read Nineteen Eighty-Four and thought the Big Brother totalitarian society was far-fetched, I suggest you read this article. Although it suggests that reintroducing mandatory exercise regimes would encourage workers to be more active, I am skeptical; it is one step further to removing one’s right for choice.