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Not Your Grandmother’s Work Out

October 11, 2009

Exercising in 1918

If your idea of fun is climbing rope ladders (without gloves – ouch!!) while wearing ginormous bloomers and a long-sleeved blouse, like these trendsetters from 1918, go for it! Although I have to say, judging from the expressions on these ladies’ faces, “fun” doesn’t look like it’s part of the package. (Except for the one woman in the back — what is up with her?)

Fortunately for the rest of us, working out has come a long way, babeeeee! We’ve got super lightweight, stretchy clothes, high tech footwear and equipment, plus dozens of different kinds of exercise to choose from.

Now  for the bad news. We’re not doing much with what we’ve got.  According to a new survey published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, Americans are making sloths look like Olympic contenders.

Despite 14 years of public education campaigns, only one-third of Americans know about national recommendations for a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise a day, and fewer than half meet that goal ….

Okay, so here’s what we know so far:

— Public health education on exercise: FAIL.

—  Public interest in exercise: FAIL.

—  Health consequences: obesity epidemic heading for size XXXXL.

All this in spite of the fact that health experts repeatedly remind us that exercise is the only known fountain of youth and that if exercise benefits could be put in a pill it would be the biggest selling drug evah!!

So why don’t we work out more? Too boring? Too painful? No time? What?? Just curious about why something that makes most people feel better almost instantaneously is being ignored.

Seriously. Talk to me about it.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 18, 2009 1:51 am

    Awesome blog!

    I thought about starting my own blog too but I’m just too lazy so, I guess Ill just have to keep checking yours out.

    • abolderwoman permalink*
      October 18, 2009 1:13 pm

      Absolutely, come back anytime!

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