As far back as 65BCE a Roman politician called Marcus Cicero stated, ‘It is exercise alone that supports the spirits, and keeps the mind in vigor’.
In the Dark Ages, exercise was used to ensure survival for Northern Europe’s barbaric tribes.
In the 19th century, exercise was recognised as a benefit to people and around 1860, a gymnasium was built at Oxford University, and a program for twelve military officials at the university was created. This later became the basis for training for the British Army.
During the early twentieth century, more ways to exercise became apparent, one of the first being in 1930, ‘The Women’s League of Health and Beauty’, founded by Mary Bagot Stack.
It was recognised in 1949 by Doctor Jerry Morris that there was a significant connection between exercise and physical health. A report was issued in 1953 by Morris and his team which showed that less active professional men in less active professional job roles, were at higher risk of heart attacks compared to those who were more active.
What’s in Our Exercise and Fitness eBook?
This book was written so you can learn all about the history of exercise and how it has evolved over the centuries. Find out about the main features of exercise, Aerobic, Strength, Balance and Flexibility. See what the entail and the benefits of using exercise. There are also some interesting facts about exercise included in the book.
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