Trying to Get in Shape? Here's the History Behind the Common New Year's Resolution - Deepstash
Exercise was not necessary until the mid-20th century

Most people didn't see exercise as necessary until the mid-20th century. Food scarcity meant people didn't overeat, and it didn't make sense to try to burn off the calories.

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Trying to Get in Shape? Here's the History Behind the Common New Year's Resolution

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The exercise culture in the U.S. only took off after World War II.

  • After a 1955 report showed that 57.9% of American kids failed one or more of six physical fitness tests - versus ab...

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Some entrepreneurs and trainers played a vital role in the rising exercise culture.

  • Health clubs were popularized by the Vic Tanny Gyms chain.
  • Weight-lifting for women was ...

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The rise of exercise culture has that has led to fitness-focused New Year's resolutions does not mean people will exercise. Only 1 in 4 U.S. adults and 1 in 5 high school students meet the reco...

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