Roy J. Shephard
An Illustrated History of Health and Fitness; from Pre-History to our Post-Modern World; (PDF) explores the health/fitness interaction in a historical context. Beginning in primitive hunter-gatherer communities; where survival required adequate physical activity; it goes on to consider transformations in health and physical activity at subsequent stages in the evolution of “civilization.” It focuses on the health influences of a growing understanding of medicine and physiology; and the emergence of a middle-class with the time and money to choose between active and passive leisure pursuits. The ebook reflects on urbanization and industrialization in relation to the need for public health measures; and the ever-diminishing physical demands of the work-place. It then evaluates the attitudes of prelates; politicians; philosophers; and teachers at each stage of the process. Finally; the ebook explores professional and governmental initiatives to improve public involvement in active leisure through various school; recreational; worksite; and sports programs.
“This large volume is a compendium of short; well-cited facts about fitness and health and lifestyles; supplemented with figures. … This ebook gives readers a very good understanding of the evolution of health and fitness in various regions of the world; along with religious and cultural aspects. It will primarily be useful to advanced students or researchers. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students; researchers/faculty; and professionals.” — A. H. Goldfarb; Choice; Vol. 52 (12); August 2015
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