THE DARK AGES AND BEYOND

THE DARK AGES AND BEYOND

This week I will take a sprint through the changing demands for exercise over the past two thousand years. Exercise in the dark ages Those who laboured  were kept active earning their keep. Increasing commerce brought plenty of walking and riding for merchants....
THE AGRICULTURAL REVOLUTION

THE AGRICULTURAL REVOLUTION

The Neolithic Agricultural Revolution The development of a structured society, a more settled population and the growth of agriculture changed the pattern of human exercising to the more mundane work associated with husbanding animals and sowing, creating and...
EXERCISE – LEARNING FROM OUR ANCESTORS

EXERCISE – LEARNING FROM OUR ANCESTORS

The strength and mobility of early man was not developed through structured programmes, methods, or schedules, but rather was forged by the daily, instinctive, necessity-driven practice of highly practical and adaptable movement skills. Today, the few hunter-gatherer...
WHY DO WE EXERCISE?

WHY DO WE EXERCISE?

To survive we had to be fit Animals need to move to survive and higher life forms, so-called vertebrates, have evolved muscles and bones for this purpose. Each animal’s musculoskeletal system has developed to suit its own survival needs – the cheetah has a system...
WHAT TYPE OF EXERCISE?

WHAT TYPE OF EXERCISE?

Aerobic or isometric? Nearly all exercise involves a mixture of aerobic and isometric effort though one or the other usually predominates. Most gym fitness training programmes use a mixture.  The recommendations of the Department of Health were updated in 2005 to...