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Getting Physical (Book Review)

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:

emoticon In the 1950s, what was called "fitness" is now considered "health." Stress reduction, relaxation, and getting good sleep was considered keeping fit.

emoticon 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.

emoticon 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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BEE2LE 8/15/2013 9:10PM

    I love it! Has a lot to say about how Americans & their lifestyles have changed!

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AMYD726 8/12/2013 11:15AM

    Interesting!

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LJOYCE55 8/12/2013 10:53AM

  Thank you for the summarization.

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LOSE4LIFE47 8/12/2013 10:49AM

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