America Shapes Up


One, two, ugh, groan, splash: get lean, get taut, think gorgeous

That is the true myth of America. She starts old, old, wrinkled and writhing in an old skin. And there is a gradual sloughing off of the old skin, towards a new youth.

—D.H. Lawrence

At 7:15 a.m. Audley White, 52, watches the Today show, an American morning ritual. But with a difference: the youthful-looking information systems manager views the program on a convenient monitor while he pounds out the miles on a motorized treadmill at the Xerox Corporate Fitness Center in Stamford, Conn....

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