Sweat is an open-source program that escorts you through the pain of exercise — in particular, the effective but unpleasant intensity of the seven-minute workout — by reading aloud some mildly interesting novelties to distract you from your struggle. This includes cultural trivia, headline news, weather reports, and sad old jokes.
A video demonstration (and turn on your speaker, please) of Sweat touring through a randomly chosen link-chain of Wikipedia articles, and ending with a recitation of fortune output:
This blog post has further demonstrations and more information about Sweat besides.
The most recent version of Sweat is v202101030, compiled Sun Jan 3 16:33:18 2021. See a list of recent changes to Sweat here.
After downloading, you'll probably need to chmod +x the resulting file to make it executable. (I did mention this was a command-line program, right?)
Run sweat --help to see a quick guide of options.
Read the most current documentation for Sweat on its MetaCPAN page.
Just run it from the command line, with no arguments! It should launch right into a full workout, with Wikipedia articles.
You’ll need a text-to-speech program on your system, one that accepts whatever’s fed to it as a command-line argument as input.
espeak is one choice that’s available through most package managers.