History of Science, Ideas and Technology Group Meeting

Is there anything new under the sun? Promoting physical activity throughout the ages

Monday 2 November 2015 at 7pm

Dr Caroline Adams and Katherine Devonshire-Gill AES

Using the works of Hippocrates, Galen, Mendez, Mercuriale, Fuller and others we show how many of the principles and practices that informed the development of Australia’s National Physical Activity Guidelines and current exercise prescription practices can be traced to a much earlier time. Some of these principles include the importance of regular exercise, the relevance of exercise intensity, acknowledgement of the benefits of different types of exercise such as walking and dance, and the importance of tailoring prescription to meet the needs of the individual. The relationship between class and physical activity will also be discussed.

Other aspects that were recognised historically and are highly pertinent in the modern management of health conditions are the insidious consequences of a sedentary lifestyle, the differentiation between occupational and recreational physical activity and the relevance of enjoyment in activity.

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