All my fellow geeks who have hated or are still suffering from gym class: Have faith. It used to be worse. In centuries past, physical education was absurd, sexist and just plain weird.
All my fellow geeks who have hated or are still suffering from gym class: Have faith. It used to be worse. In centuries past, physical education was absurd, sexist and just plain weird. These eight P.E. lessons are a blessing that you haven't had to go through. These are nightmares.
1. DODGEBALL WAS EXTREME.
Let's begin with the stereotypical nightmare gym class has for dweebs: dodgeball. It was also known as Murderball, Killerball, or simply Dodgeball. Many schools have stopped dodgeball, much to the dismay of sportswriters. They also use softer, more cushiony dodgeballs instead of the rubber-leaving missiles of the 1980s.
Even the dodgeball I played in my youth was much more gentle than earlier versions. Junior R.O.T.C. published a 1922 physical education guide that describes a dodgeball version where one team stands in a circle while the other team gathers in the middle. The outer team then attacks the inner team with medicine ball. Medicine balls were those heavy, leather-bound, boulders that weighed between 7 and 12 pounds at the time. (The game was also slightly different in another aspect: the inner and outer teams switched places to see which team could take down the opposing team faster.
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2. GYM CLASS WAS PRETTY SECIST.
Gym class was, as with so many things in the past. Girls were not allowed to exercise, and they had strict restrictions. The 1856 book Physiology & Calisthenics For Students and Families suggests a number of exercises. These include teaching girls how they should curtsy to each other after performing a stretch together and how to properly place their hand in the crooks of a boy's elbow. This is a great way to get a good workout! It's hard to forget the sometimes bulky, full-coverage clothes that girls had to wear when exercising. This exercise outfit dates back to 1893. It was considered more progressive than other options because it was less restrictive. The Metropolitan Museum of Art describes the outfit as follows: "The middy-style blouse and bloomers allowed movement, fully concealing the female figure. While the balls at the ends of the sash could have been used to prop up calisthenics,"
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3. GYM CLASS IN THE ANCIENT SPARTA WAS ALL AROUND SURVIVAL.
You can thank Ares that you didn't have physical education classes in ancient Sparta. Boys in the war-mongering Greek city-state attended an "agoge" program. The first stage was for boys aged 7-13. It consisted of basic training, frat-hazing and a Bear Grylls-style show. The students were given very little clothing and had to make their beds from reeds. They were also starved. You were encouraged to steal food, but if you caught you would be beaten or flogged.
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4. YOU HAD to SQUARE DANCE.
Square dancing has been an American staple in American gym classes for decades. It started in the 1920s, and continued until the 1980s. What, other than mild dorkiness, is there a problem with square dancing? The push to teach square dancing at the gym stemmed from anti-Semitism and racism. It's true. This Quartz article reveals that Henry Ford was a well-known racist and antisemite. He was concerned about jazz's negative effects. Jazz, which he considered music orchestrated by Jewish and Black people, was he believed to be music designed to corrupt America and drive people into sex and alcohol. Square dancing was promoted by Ford as a wholesome salvation and he campaigned for it to be included in P.E. Classes. The article states that by 1928, almost half of American schools had begun teaching square dancing and other forms of old-fashioned dance to students.
5. KIDS HAD to PASS THE PRESIDENTIAL FITNESS TESTS.
Dwight D. Eisenhower, President of the United States, was concerned by studies that showed American youths were not being physically fit enough. This concern was shared by John F. Kennedy (later Lyndon B. Johnson). Johnson created the Presidential Physical Fitness Awards Program in 1965. It incorporated the work from all three presidents. Johnson stated that it was important that young people improve their physical and mental abilities. Sport and other forms active play promote good health, and help our country produce strong young citizens who are ready for the future.
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Get more fruits and vegetables.
Whole grains are better than refined ones. Brown rice is better than white. Switch to whole-wheat pasta
Consider lean proteins such as poultry, fish and beans.
Reduce your intake of processed foods, sugar, salt, saturated fat, and other unhealthy food.
Flexibility is key to eating well, according to Joyce Meng, MD assistant professor at UConn Health's Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center. You can follow a strict diet plan if you prefer. It's okay if you don't like following a strict diet plan.
Tricia Montgomery (52), founder of K9 Fit Club knows firsthand the benefits of a healthy diet and lifestyle. Her favorite things are eating healthy food and making small, frequent meals. She says, "I don’t deny myself anything." "I still enjoy dessert, key lime pie, yum!" -- I love frozen gummy bears and moderation is the key.
Get regular checkups. Your doctor will keep track of your medical history so that you can stay healthy. If you are at high risk of osteoporosis (a condition that weakens bones), your doctor may recommend more vitamin D and calcium.
You may be recommended by your doctor to have screening tests done to monitor your health and detect conditions before they become serious.
Be open to communication. Meng said, "If you have any questions, ask your doctor." "Ensure you are satisfied with the information." Talk to your doctor if you have concerns about any medication or procedure.
It can be very detrimental to your health. It is impossible to avoid it all, but there are ways you can reduce the effects. Do not take on too many responsibilities. Set limits for yourself and others. It is okay to say no.
To relieve stress, try:
Talking to a friend or family member.
Develop healthy habits
You can prevent problems from coming your way tomorrow if you make the right decisions today.
Brush your teeth twice daily and floss each day.
Limit your alcohol. Limit your alcohol intake to 1 drink per day.
Take your medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor.
Get better sleep. Try to sleep for at least 8 hours. Talk to your doctor if you are having trouble sleeping.
Keep out of direct sunlight between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Wear your seatbelt.
Meng suggests that you take time each day to invest in your own health.
Montgomery was able to see the benefits. Montgomery says that she has overcome health issues, is happy, and has a positive outlook. She says that her life has been forever transformed.