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152935.  Fri Mar 02, 2007 7:43 am Reply with quote

There was a brief “and finally” mention on BBC radio news yesterday of a report claiming that people who take too much exercise (such as joggers) are partly responsible for global warming; they inhale more oxygen than the rest of us and exhale more carbon dioxide. I’ve been unable to find any other reference to this so far ... But if we can find it, it could start off a “Why is exercise bad for you?” chain quite nicely.

152937.  Fri Mar 02, 2007 7:46 am Reply with quote

The academic who trained David Walliams for his Channel swim has warned fitness fanatics that too much exercise can kill.
Professor Greg Whyte carried out a study that warns exercise can do "more harm than good". He says too much exercise can cause women to become infertile and the thousands of men who play Sunday league football to suffer crippling injuries in old age.
He will present his findings at the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences' (Bases) annual conference at Wolverhampton University next week, as part of the debate: 'Exercise: Is it really good for you?'.
Prof White, director of science and research at the English Institute of Sport in Manchester, will argue that exercise can increase morbidity and mortality.


152945.  Fri Mar 02, 2007 7:53 am Reply with quote

“In the nineteenth century many people cultivated walkism - competitions and championships to see who could go the farthest on foot (without sleep). Women were as welcome as men to participate. New York's Pedestrian Hall opened on February 19, 1879, with a walking match between Florence Levanion and Cushing - they were to walk 3,000 quarter miles in 3,000 quarter hours. There is no record of the outcome. In March of that same year Cushing participated in the "Ladies' Six-Day Tournament." The New York "Herald" later sneered that "the robust laundry maid" had quit before finishing. Here Cushing's short skirt shows a woman's need to keep her legs free while striding. She sports several medals. Cushing - a celebrity - poses at the famous Sarony studio in New York City, circa 1870.”


152951.  Fri Mar 02, 2007 8:03 am Reply with quote

This is rather nice ... extracts from Callisthenics For Ladies, some exercise advice from the 1880s.

“It is a very usual plan in America and France, where the subject has been carefully studied, to wear a special costume, consisting of a loose blouse, with a sash at the waist, and Turkish trousers; or in place of the blouse, a Garibaldi bodice and skirt; dark blue serge with white or scarlet braid, or unglazed holland with the same sort of trimming, are most in favour, being both strong and light. Grey and red is another favourite mixture. The boots should be an easy fit, with low heels. Our illustration (Fig. 1) will show that such a dress, while ensuring perfect ease and liberty of action to the wearer, is by no means unbecoming.”


152957.  Fri Mar 02, 2007 8:10 am Reply with quote

Aagh! I can’t get a picture from that last website to come up here; not sure why. But they are well worth a look, picture researchers.

171695.  Thu May 03, 2007 3:18 am Reply with quote

The world is walking 10% faster than it was 10 years ago

Teams with stop watches timed how long it took 35 men and women to walk along a 60ft stretch of pavement.

Comparing the results with those compiled by US psychologist Professor Robert Levine in the 1990s, the study showed that people were, on average, now walking 10 per cent faster. Men are generally 25 per cent quicker on their feet than women.



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