Saturday, December 18, 2010

The Origin of Spring Waters

Recently I posted a link to a great resource for aiding our discussion on the evolution of fitness. Today I share with you a piece of Southern Indiana history and our place in the origin of bottled spring water.

French Lick Resort and West Baden Springs were at the center of the booming spring water industry in the United States during the early 1900's. These storied resorts played an enormous role in health and later fitness in the North American culture during a booming period. From the 1830's till the early 1980's many of the political and social elite flocked to see and be seen in this quiet valley.

Fitness and Leisure at West Baden included: 

Creation of "The Eighth Wonder of the World"

In 1888 Lee W. Sinclair acquired controlling interest in the West Baden hotel and within a few years was its sole owner. He transformed it into a sophisticated resort, adding an opera house, a casino, a two-deck pony and bicycle track and a full-size baseball field.......The hotel offered something for everyone, including golf on two courses, horseback riding, billiards, bowling, baseball, swimming, hiking on scenic trails, bicycling, movies and nightly theater. 
Recapture a little bit of a time gone by, I encourage anyone to explore the history of these resorts and continue to redefine your goals and expectations of health and fitness as you learn more about how the past 100 years has shaped your current beliefs and decisions about your "fitness" routine.


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Fitness Fads

"The History of Fitness" by Lance C. Dalleck, M.S. and Len Kravitz, Ph.D.
By now I hope that I have stimulated a few thought provoking questions. For me there are a few main questions I want you to consider.: 1) Why do I perform the type of exercises that I do regularly? and what do I expect to gain from them? 2) Why does fitness have so many different definitions and forms? 3) Why does this defination have such a different meaning in other cultures?

The above link provides an excellent frame of reference for these questions.
My challenge to you is to re-write your definition of fitness.