The Trials of Gob

After the holidays, many people are recommitting to a program of healthy eating and exercise in the new year. But the time you spend on a treadmill or elliptical can quickly seem endless, even if it is not, because it is boring.Obviously, the best thing to do would be to pray-you could pray the office, or the rosary, while on the treadmill.But if you're like me, you can only improve yourself in one way at one time--it's too hard to improve oneself physically and spiritually simultaneously. So I've been in search of the perfect workout television show. It has to be not too difficult to follow, funny, and a little bit off-kilter and absurd, because (after all) the idea of getting on a machine to make you exercise is absurd, when you think about it.And I think I've found it: Arrested Development, which debuted on Fox in 2003. Each episode is 21 minutes long (good for those restarting programs). And you can get them all on Netflix streaming ($7.99 a month). That's the wonderful thing about Netflix. All the series you ever missed are available, instantly, in a neat little row. You just click from episode to episode.And Gob-that would be George Oscar Bluth II, played by the wonderful Will Arnett.Yes, it's pronounced "Job."So I guess I get a little bit of religion in after all.

Cathleen Kaveny is the Darald and Juliet Libby Professor in the Theology Department and Law School at Boston College.

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