Monday, 13 March 2017

Physical And Mental Activity

"Any cavalier spent his whole life in such physical activity that an Olympic champion would be flabby by comparison." (p. 686) What a thought!
-copied from here.

After a collapse of civilization, the survivors would return to that level of fitness. After SM Stirling's Change, the people in one community:

are no longer fat;
need all the calories that they can consume;
are trained in combat from the earliest age.

"'The best archers start with the bow as a kiddie. They've grown up rough, too...'"
-SM Stirling, The Protector's War (New York, 2006), Chapter Thirteen, p. 368.

Without a collapse, we need a way to combine the benefits of civilization with optimum health and fitness. Gym is necessary to counteract a sedentary lifestyle. What is the lifestyle that would make gym unnecessary without forfeiting intellectual and cultural pursuits? Maybe we need Ythrian bodies pumping oxygen directly into the bloodstream?

3 comments:

  1. Kaor, Paul!

    I agree with what both Anderson and Stirling said about how a very rough life at a low level of technology WILL make for a very fit people. Far fitter than most of us are, I suspect.

    The only alternative to using gyms is to exercise at home (which is what I do). And eating less!

    Sean

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  2. Human beings are designed to average about four hours of fairly hard work a day (lifting, running, throwing), and a good bit of less intensive activity (walking, etc.) on a diet of lean meat (including organ meats) and high-fiber, minimally processed vegetable foods. This is rather difficult to duplicate today, though one should note that a peasant's life is nearly as "unnatural" as a sedentary 21st-century type's.

    I do about 1.5 hours a day at the gym six days a week, and I'm still not nearly as fit as I'd like.

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  3. Dear Mr. Stirling,

    That does fit in with what I read and observed elsewhere. It seems to me the best anyone can do is live with reasonably temperate habits and make sure to get regular exercise.

    Sean

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