The stigma that is connected to exercise is that it is tedious, it is boring, it is difficult. Life, in general, can encompass these things, based on perception.
Nonetheless, I pondered his statements and it drove home the fact that (many) people (westerners) are socialized to view meditation with a HIGH Degree of circumspection. Meditation and meditating is mentioned 23 times in the (KJV) bible. Yet many still (choose to) remain ignorant as to what meditation really entails