Make Every Day a Day of Health

Make Every Day a Day of Health

Good health is a rich prize – the joy of life. Go after it! Tumble out of bed, and tune in on the Metropolitan Life Health Exercises. They’ll put vim on your muscles, air in your lungs, set your blood-tingling, put an edge on your appetite, and help keep you at your best. In the interest of its 26,000,000 policyholders, the Metropolitan is making a country-wide fight for the betterment of health. One result is already apparent; since 1911 the Read More

Morning Exercise Routine

Morning Exercise Routine

A morning exercise routine is something to be embraced, not dreaded or feared! Why then are so many of us unwilling or unable to do something that has proven health benefits, takes so little time to do, and which just makes us FEEL better? After all, chances are you already do that little arm stretch when you first get up in the morning – what do you think your body is trying to tell you?! Depending on where in the Read More

5BX Exercise Plan

5bx Exercises – Worth Another Look?

Looking for a simple whole-body workout that doesn’t require access to a full gym or even a weight set? Don’t have enough time to work out properly but want to stay in some sort of shape? Instill the habit with a daily exercise program! There is an exercise programme for everybody, programmes for strength, stamina, weight loss etc, BUT; 11 minutes a day, every day, in the home (or wherever you may be) is a lot easier in the beginning Read More

Arm Circle Exercise for Posture and Shoulders

Arm Circle Exercise Which exercise links Billy Blanks, Tony Horton, Shaun T, Debbie Siebers and (practically) EVERY OTHER fitness professional over the last 100 years? It’s the arm circle exercise for the shoulders (there are other exercises too – but I will get to those in due course). The image below is nearly 100 YEARS OLD! Concerns then were the same as now – the advent of the “modern office” was leading to poor posture, slumped shoulders, a general “hunched Read More

Group Exercises in History

Organised Systems of Physical Training

What follows is a reproduction of a newspaper article from The Daily Telegraph dated February 10, 1937. With the benefit of hindsight aspects of the program become chilling, but it is worth remembering that a German Sports Badge exists today with no such dark connotations. I reproduce this here to champion the idea of national (or indeed international) programs to improve the physical fitness of the average man and woman. GERMANY’S METHODS IN PHYSICAL TRAINING System of Competitive Sports for Read More

Best Fitness Test

Physical Efficiency: Keep Fit and Like It

Physical Efficiency: Keep Fit and Like It I love the term Physical Efficiency, it just sounds so much more like what the vast majority of people are trying to achieve. I don’t particularly want to be ripped or shredded; I will take efficient thank you very much! One of the reasons I love old fitness books rather than glitzy new workout programs is that they have different priorities. The chart below comes from a booklet called How to Keep Fit and Like it! published Read More