Physical Efficiency: Keep Fit and Like It

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 in 1943. Note how it doesn’t ask how long you exercise for, whether you work to failure, whether you feel the burn! It wants to know if you try and stay in a good and positive mood all day (although I like the term ‘peppy’ to be honest). It wants to know if you walk tall and eat right. It wants to know if you take time for yourself and relax properly.

Put a Spring in your Step!

Hibernation season is almost upon us; NOW is the time to think about little changes you can make to give you an extra spring in your step! Take this test to see if you’d have been considered physically efficient in 1943:

Fit for Spring Daily Activities Fitness


Well? Are you peppy? Do you stand tall with your abdomen flat? Do you regularly lose yourself in an all-absorbing interest?

Laugh all you want, but poor is still POOR!

I think that is an excellent set of questions to ask yourself. Consider those points, act upon them and you will be fit for Spring, Summer, Autumn AND Winter!

Why not check out our SHOP for something like the Daily Dozen or the beginner-friendly Radio Taiso or Chinese Exercises – all routines that originated in a time when THESE things were a priority!

Use Your Body More Efficiently

In the booklet the chart was preceded by the following:

Commonplace movements can help to condition the body so that improved circulation and elimination and freedom from fatigue will result. Have YOU learned to work more efficiently though the correct use of your body?

Well, have you? The way to do this, of course, is to start at day ONE and don’t try to skip ahead, make fitness FUN – which I covered in part HERE, and just get into a nice little ROUTINE which you can stick to.

1000 Direct Ways Toward Higher Physical Efficiency!

Here is the cover from the booklet (I will come back to it in future posts if you are curious about what else is inside); pay close attention to the six ways it says lead the way to physical efficiency:

  • Relaxation
  • Exercise
  • Medical Care
  • Nutrition
  • Rest
  • Recreation
Physical Efficiency: Keep Fit and Like It


Ready to go back in time to move forward with your fitness? Stick with me at Internal Force Fitness and we’ll do just that!

Richie Neville | Director

Internal Force Fitness