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Exercise and Fitness

To All Things Moderation

Good news fellow couch potatoes! Long distance, strenuous joggers have the same mortality rate as sedentary people. On the other hand, the Danish study says moderate jogging does improve the mortality rate. Mmm danish...
Posted By: patty | Date: Tue Feb 03, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Death, Exercise and Fitness

Rolling to Reduce

Weight reduction advice from 1918. Original article here (pdf).

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Jan 18, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Exercise and Fitness, 1910's

Beer Mile World Record

Runners World reports that Chris Kimbrough, a 44-year old mother of six, has "shattered the women's beer mile world record." She did this by running four laps, and drinking four beers, in 6:28.6, beating the previous record by 13 seconds. In a previous age, I suppose, this might have qualified her as "beer honorable."

I find her achievement quite inspirational. Makes me think I should start exercising more (especially if that involves a beer-exercise combo).

Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Nov 07, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Exercise and Fitness, Sports, World Records

Facial Fitness Pao

Another strange invention from Japan. This one is designed to exercise your facial muscles. Just hold it in your mouth and swing the bars up and down.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Aug 23, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Exercise and Fitness, Inventions

No More Cartwheels

Diane "DD" Barker, age 65, has been ordered to stop doing cartwheels and splits when she addresses Maricopa County officials at city council meetings. Barker says that it's just her form of personal expression and is a way to show the benefits of exercise. But the city council says it's within its rights to "impose reasonable time, place and manner restrictions on speakers."

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Jun 09, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Exercise and Fitness

Three Decades of Slimming

Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Mar 14, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Exercise and Fitness, Food, Self-help Schemes, 1930's, 1940's, 1950's

Exercise in the Bathroom

This book will teach you how. Available on Amazon.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Dec 02, 2013 | Comments (3)
Category: Exercise and Fitness, Excrement

Glorify Yourself

According to Hollywood "figure experts" back in 1939, this one exercise would have any woman looking like a starlet in no time:

"Sit or stand erect with arms up — elbows bent, hands in front of you at chest level with fingertips touching. Now, without putting any strain on muscles of the arms, lightly press fingertips together. When you are doing this correctly, you can see the pectoral muscles expand with pressure of fingertips against fingertips. Do the exercise 40 times a minute for two minutes every day. At the end of two months, according to Mr. Davies, you no longer will be flat-chested." [Pittsburgh Press - Apr 6, 1939]
Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Oct 11, 2013 | Comments (7)
Category: Exercise and Fitness, 1930's

Pretend you’re a horse and get fit

Get in shape by unleashing your inner horse. Prance, trot, and gallop your way to good health. Joanna Rohrback, creator of the Prancercise "fitness revolution" offers this definition of her workout technique: "A springy, rhythmic way of moving forward,similar to a horse’s gait and ideally induced by elation."

Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri May 31, 2013 | Comments (6)
Category: Exercise and Fitness

Doga (Doggy Yoga)

So apparently this is a real thing. That is, there really are people willing to take your money so that you can bring your dog to your yoga class. The Metro provides some history:

Doga originated in Florida in 2001 when yoga instructor Suzi Teitelman found her new puppy, a black cocker spaniel named Coali, would climb on to the mat with her when she was practising.
‘Any time there was a yoga mat around he was there,’ she says. ‘I realised he loved yoga and being around the class so I started adding him into the postures. I would inhale my arms up and he would inhale his arms up – with some help from me. Over the years we have perfected the postures and found moves that suit both our bodies.’ Teitelman started incorporating dogs into her yoga classes and held her first Doga class in New York in 2002.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Apr 29, 2013 | Comments (2)
Category: Exercise and Fitness, Dogs
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