10 Totally Surprising Health And Fitness Tips From The 1800s


As many people do after New Year’s Eve, I decided to set a fitness goal for myself to start things off fresh and re-energized.

And as happens to most, I’ve not done a great job at sticking to that resolution — just like last year and the year before that. To help inspire me to give it a real shot this time, I decided to look into the past to see what the foundation of fitness looked like way back in the day.

It’s fascinating to see how much things have changed since the popularity of gymnasiums and regimented routines began to sweep through Europe before eventually they eventually made their way to America back in the 1800s. Some of these pioneers’ ideas might not have held fast through the test of time, but you have to admire them for making an effort to help their communities stay active and healthy.

Take a look to see some of the most prominent tips and suggestions from 19th-century experts (or those who claimed to be).

Did we miss any interesting fitness tricks you’ve heard about from way back when? Let us know in the comments, and be sure to SHARE with your friends!

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1. Start Your Kids Young 1/10

Rather than waiting for kiddos to get to their gym class in elementary school, Eugen Sandow, a renowned bodybuilder from the 1800s, suggested starting them off with weightlifting when they’re as young as 2.

He explained that if he had a child, “I should start him with ½-lb. dumb-bells when he was 2 years old, and then gradually increase the weight with his years.”

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