Laughing during exercise session

Making Fitness Fun

Making Fitness Fun Making fitness fun is easy – you just have to start enjoying it! For some people, of course, it is not as simple as that, but that doesn’t mean that fitness can’t BECOME fun by altering how you approach it. Richie, the Internal Force Fitness mascot, has fun when he is exercising. Being a cartoon makes things a lot simpler, however – I literally just have to draw a smile on him, and presto chango = he’s Read More

ABC Fitness Breathing

Fitness ABC – Letter A

Fitness ABC – Letter A The Fitness ABC is brought to you by the wonderful Edi Polz. Polz published many books on gymnastics for the masses in the 1930s/40s, and what marked them out was the sense of FUN he included, utilizing cartoons such as the ones in the series I’m going to begin today. It’s the same sense of fun I try to bring to Internal Force Fitness because fitness should be fun. I will go through the entire 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

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Japanese Ikigai Exercises

Japanese Ikigai Exercises Ikigai is a Japanese word which basically means ‘reason for being’ in the sense of answering “what should I do with my life??”. One of the ways to ‘unlock’ your ikigai is with Japanese Ikigai Exercises. It has been suggested that since the concept has its origins in the Japanese island of Okinawa – home to an unusually large population of people over 100 years old – that ikigai may hold the key to both happiness AND 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