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1917: A young FDR gets into fighting shape with Woodrow Wilson's cabinet

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Cabinet officials perform exercises led by Walter Camp.

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Walter Camp is known today as the “Father of American Football” for his contributions to the rules of the game, including the development of the line of scrimmage and the system of downs.

He was also an outspoken advocate of exercise and physical fitness

With the entry of the United States into World War I in 1917, Camp was appointed director of the U.S. Navy Training Camps’ Physical Development Program.

Disappointed by the sorry shape of most recruits, Camp devised a simple eight-minute exercise routine he called the “Daily Dozen,” a sequence of calisthenic motions including “hands, grind, crawl, wave, hips, grate, curl, weave, head, grasp, crouch and wing.” Read more…

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A tech company is making employees walk 10,000 steps a day, or do push-ups if they fail

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A Chinese company is in the spotlight for trying to relieve its sedentary employees of their desks — by making it mandatory that they clock 10,000 steps a day.

The seemingly well-meaning but strictly enforced rules also deal a penalty of 50 to 100 push-ups to people who fail to meet the 10,000 step count mark.

The Chongqing Evening News quotes one of the new employees at the unnamed technology firm, Hu, who said that on his first day, the company’s HR department made him sign up for a feature on the WeChat messaging app that tracks the number of steps they take each day. Read more…

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Let this 94-year-old gym junkie be your 2017 fitness fairy godmother

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Sticking to a gym plan is hard. Like, really hard.

But if you’re looking for a little bit of inspiration (or a healthy dose of shaming) check out the story of Edna Shepherd.

The 94-year-old woman from Hume, Australia, who pumps iron a staggering ten times a week. Even on her one day off, she’s still getting the muscles moving with a weekly ballroom dancing class.

“I’m always on the go, I don’t like sitting around,” Shepherd says in the above 7 News clip.

The nutrition-savvy great grandmother also claims the exercise regime helps her socialise — particularly when it comes to chatting up the opposite sex. “I like hugging the men: I’m a naughty girl,” says the go-getter. Read more…

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The most devoted fitness fanatics can now squeeze in a workout before their flight

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Yoga rooms are becoming the norm at airports and one even has a therapy pig to try to make air travel less stressful. So it makes sense that now an airport will feature a full gym (with showers) to help you take the edge off, or at least, keep up with your fitness goals.

Roam Fitness is opening by the end of January at Baltimore-Washington International Airport behind airport security so you can work out before your flight or when your plane is hours delayed. It will feature cardio equipment, stretching space, a TRX cable system and a full locker room with showers, towel service and skin products. Read more…

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