Walter Camp’s ‘Daily Dozen’ Exercises: A Simple 12-Step Plan for Physical Fitness

WalterCampBeing that today is Saturday, I thought I would share a personal fitness tip with you.

And by personal, I do mean that I personally do these as part of my own fitness routine.  It’s not a be-all-end-all program, by any means.  But I have found them to be really helpful to include along with all the other stuff that I’m already doing to fend off both age and illness.  So far so good.

After all, if you’re going to be a health nut, you might as well go all the way.

Even if that means going back in time a hundred years!

Walter Camp’s Daily Dozen Exercises

Walter Camp was considered the “Father of American Football“.

He took the game of rugby and transformed it into the organized mayhem of a sport that we know today.

He played it, coached it, wrote about it and taught it.

This, of course, means that he was an “exercise buff” in general.  Because of his high reputation and expertise in the field, he served as a fitness advisor to the U.S. military during World War I.

It was during this time that he developed a simple but sophisticated exercise regimen for soldiers and sailors to follow to keep them in good shape by starting their work day off with a short series of movements that were easy on the body yet beneficial and effective.

Thus were born the Famous Daily Dozen Exercises.

They caught on like wild fire, and pretty soon civilians, working men and housewives were doing them.  Businessmen and politicians and government big-wigs, too.

I love this picture of President Woodrow Wilson’s cabinet members doing them on the White House lawn…

Pres.WilsonsCabinetDoingDailyDozenExercises
Thank you to Brett & Kate McKay at Art of Manliness, for publishing this great (historical) photo along with your awesome article!

The Daily Dozen craze spread during the 1920s and even led to a host of products — books, audio (phonograph records) and magazine articles — spun off from the routine.  It became an international phenomenon.

With the passage of time, other fads and fitness crazes took its place.  Yet even all these years later, Dr. Camp’s Daily Dozen Exercises continue to be a “fitness classic” and a hallmark of simple but effective physical health enhancement tools that anybody can use.  They don’t cost anything, other than about 10 minutes of your time, and there’s no fancy equipment (or, obviously, exercise attire) required.

So, your assignment for today, boys and girls, is to go home and learn these Daily Dozen Exercises and start doing them from now on.

My advice: “Do it for your health!”

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