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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Wednesday—Good For You, Good for Funky Fitness

Happy & physically fit RCAF pilots
Retro fun fitness  — The Royal Canadian Air Force Exercises 

Introduction by Roger Duhamel, Queen's Printer (Pocket Books, Inc. © rev. edition 1962) 

After two years of painstaking research, an RCAF team of doctors, scientists, physical education specialists and artists produced the 5BX and XBX Plans for Physical Fitness.

That's right.  A crack team of Canadians came up with this fitness program, and it really works! It was originally developed in 1956 for RCAF pilots, a third of whom were not fit enough to fly.  Dr. Orban to the rescue!  

Common sense guidance
Nice leg hair
I don't know if it's the repetitions or the 1950's Jack Lalanne meets Gypsy Boots devotion to healthy living that gives me the giggles, but this is a nice alternative to hopping over dog crap at the reservoir.  The following video is a perfect demonstration of how fun it is!  Keep watching...It gets funnier toward the end & reminds me so much of how we used to do these exercises.  

Here's why I love the XBX_Five Basic Exercises for women_and 5BX_Five Basic Exercises for men:

•  The program was designed by native Saskatchewanian, William Robert Orban (21 April 1922 - 18 October 2003), a Canadian athlete, scientist & academic who attended UC Berkeley (my alma mater) in 1941 on a hockey scholarship.  :::Go CAL ice hockey!:::  Dr. Orban received his Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from the University of Illinois.    

•  Dr. Orban's later work focused on active living for seniors.  He was way ahead of his time. 

•  It's fast!  The women's workout is a 12-minute a day program.  The men's daily workout is 11 minutes.  
Exercise that will make you smile!  :)

•  No special equipment.  No big balls to roll around on, no steps, no giant rubber bands.  Some loose shorts & a teeshirt, and you're good to go!

•  George Burns was devoted to the RCAF daily exercises.  I'm a George Burns fan.   

•  It's fun to read...

Your Appearance

...A thigh that is made up of little muscle and a lot of fat may have the same measurement as the one that has firm muscle and a light fat layer, but—let's face it—it is just not the same thigh.

I believe I can do this!
Amen to that!

•  It's open source & free!  Isn't that great?  Click HERE for the pdf.  Scroll down to the middle bottom of the page to bring up the pages prompt & click on the little camera icon.

Last, but not least...Check out my progress report from 1982!

Starting date:  October 17, 1982