Monday, August 12, 2013
I recently read a book called Getting Physical: The Rise of Fitness Culture in America by Shelly McKenzie. I am pretty sure this was the author's dissertation. It was an interesting, decent read, though I didn't love it; dissertations can be a bit dry. The author discusses the rise of fitness from the 1950s-1980s. Here are a few interesting takeaways:
In the 1950s, what was called "fitness" is now considered "health." Stress reduction, relaxation, and getting good sleep was considered keeping fit.
When "jogging" (not "running") first became a thing, it was geared toward middle-aged adults. People were considered serious joggers if they logged 3-5 miles a week, and pundits couldn't see the younger generation getting into it.
The more things change, the more things stay the same. Obesity, being less active at work, and exercise fads were issues in the 1950s and 1960s, like they are now.
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