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Embrace the Elements: From playful polar bears to dedicated fitness enthusiasts, keeping fit knows no bounds

Background imageKeep Fit Collection: Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) young bear rolling around in the snow

Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) young bear rolling around in the snow, on newly formed pack ice during autumn freeze up, Beaufort Sea, off Arctic coast, Alaska

Background imageKeep Fit Collection: Woman exercising

Woman exercising, Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Utah Arizona border, United States of America, North America

Background imageKeep Fit Collection: Crowd of people practicing Tai Chi, Shanghai, China, Asia

Crowd of people practicing Tai Chi, Shanghai, China, Asia

Background imageKeep Fit Collection: Blaine walking club, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service

Blaine walking club, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service
Blaine walking club, between c1910 and c1915.

Background imageKeep Fit Collection: Dum-bell exercises. From The Household Physician, published c.1898 (engraving)

Dum-bell exercises. From The Household Physician, published c.1898 (engraving)
6116654 Dum-bell exercises. From The Household Physician, published c.1898 (engraving); Photo © Ken Welsh. All rights reserved 2024

Background imageKeep Fit Collection: Leg, body and arm exercises. From The Household Physician, published c.1898 (engraving)

Leg, body and arm exercises. From The Household Physician, published c.1898 (engraving)
6116650 Leg, body and arm exercises. From The Household Physician, published c.1898 (engraving); Photo © Ken Welsh. All rights reserved 2024

Background imageKeep Fit Collection: U.S.S. New York, morning exercise, between 1893 and 1901. Creator: William H. Jackson

U.S.S. New York, morning exercise, between 1893 and 1901. Creator: William H. Jackson
U.S.S. New York, morning exercise, between 1893 and 1901

Background imageKeep Fit Collection: U.S.S. New York, morning exercise, between 1893 and 1901. Creator: William H. Jackson

U.S.S. New York, morning exercise, between 1893 and 1901. Creator: William H. Jackson
U.S.S. New York, morning exercise, between 1893 and 1901

Background imageKeep Fit Collection: Fort Myer Officers Training Camp, 1917. Creator: Harris & Ewing

Fort Myer Officers Training Camp, 1917. Creator: Harris & Ewing. Fort Myer Officers Training Camp, 1917
Fort Myer Officers Training Camp, 1917

Background imageKeep Fit Collection: The Graphic, Front Cover March 6th.1886, 1886. Creator: Unknown

The Graphic, Front Cover March 6th.1886, 1886. Creator: Unknown
The Graphic, Front Cover March 6th. 1886, 1886. From Brindisi to Burma. From "The Graphic. An Illustrated Weekly Newspaper Volume 33. January to June, 1886"

Background imageKeep Fit Collection: Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute; Exhibition of the girls physical culture class, 1922

Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute; Exhibition of the girls physical culture class, 1922. Creator: Unknown
Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute; Exhibition of the girls physical culture class, 1922

Background imageKeep Fit Collection: Lyn Marshall, yoga expert, who is to appear at the Albert Hall. June 1972 P035453

Lyn Marshall, yoga expert, who is to appear at the Albert Hall. June 1972 P035453

Background imageKeep Fit Collection: A man performing exercises with a frisbee. June 1980

A man performing exercises with a frisbee. June 1980

Background imageKeep Fit Collection: School Gymnastics, 1909. Creator: Nikolai Georgievich Katanaev

School Gymnastics, 1909. Creator: Nikolai Georgievich Katanaev
School Gymnastics, 1909. This image is from Tipy kazakov: Sibirskie kazaki na sluzhbe i doma (Types of Cossacks: Siberian Cossacks on duty and at home), one of three albums depicting the territories

Background imageKeep Fit Collection: School Gymnastics, 1909. Creator: Nikolai Georgievich Katanaev

School Gymnastics, 1909. Creator: Nikolai Georgievich Katanaev
School Gymnastics, 1909. This image is from Tipy kazakov: Sibirskie kazaki na sluzhbe i doma (Types of Cossacks: Siberian Cossacks on duty and at home), one of three albums depicting the territories

Background imageKeep Fit Collection: Mario Gallati, the famous restauranteur of The Caprice and formerly The Ivy restaurant

Mario Gallati, the famous restauranteur of The Caprice and formerly The Ivy restaurant, keeps fit by exercising in the early morning in Hyde Park. 1st September 1957

Background imageKeep Fit Collection: More and more married men are taking up weightlifting. Out of the nine weight lifters who

More and more married men are taking up weightlifting. Out of the nine weight lifters who attended Bisham Abbey National Recreation Centre at Marlow

Background imageKeep Fit Collection: Dave Bennett (left) and Lloyd McGrath, Coventry City footballers who both broke their

Dave Bennett (left) and Lloyd McGrath, Coventry City footballers who both broke their legs last season, are now back in training

Background imageKeep Fit Collection: King Henry VIII School, Coventry, now has a proper gymnasium for the first time since

King Henry VIII School, Coventry, now has a proper gymnasium for the first time since 1941, when the old gym was bombed. Boys at the school, for the last 15 years

Background imageKeep Fit Collection: Q. P. R. striker Stan Bowles was chosen today by Sir Alf Ramsey for his squad for

Q. P. R. striker Stan Bowles was chosen today by Sir Alf Ramsey for his squad for
Q.P.R. striker Stan Bowles was chosen today by Sir Alf Ramsey for his squad for the International match v. Portugal in Lisbon. Stan Bowles pictured in happy mood at the Ruislip training grounds

Background imageKeep Fit Collection: Class 2a take part in a sponsored Leapfrog marathon at Bablake School, Coventry

Class 2a take part in a sponsored Leapfrog marathon at Bablake School, Coventry. 31st May 1973

Background imageKeep Fit Collection: Teenager Maureen Mulcock of Bellingham, South East London

Teenager Maureen Mulcock of Bellingham, South East London, balances a platter of fruit on the bottom of her feet as he tries to keep fit in preparation for an upcoming beauty contest. May 1953

Background imageKeep Fit Collection: A woman performing exercises with a frisbee. June 1980

A woman performing exercises with a frisbee. June 1980

Background imageKeep Fit Collection: Runner on sunlit path in early morning, cose to the Vale of Health Hampstead Heath

Runner on sunlit path in early morning, cose to the Vale of Health Hampstead Heath, London, England, UK. November 2015

Background imageKeep Fit Collection: The Gym in the rue des Martyrs, Paris, founded by Eugene Paz in 1866 (colour litho)

The Gym in the rue des Martyrs, Paris, founded by Eugene Paz in 1866 (colour litho)
CHT293608 The Gym in the rue des Martyrs, Paris, founded by Eugene Paz in 1866 (colour litho) by Rose, Laurent Victor (19th century); Musee de la Ville de Paris, Musee Carnavalet, Paris

Background imageKeep Fit Collection: Human Pyramid at a French Gymnastics Festival in the Seine area, 1899 (colour engraving)

Human Pyramid at a French Gymnastics Festival in the Seine area, 1899 (colour engraving)
CHT293609 Human Pyramid at a French Gymnastics Festival in the Seine area, 1899 (colour engraving) by French School, (19th century); Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris

Background imageKeep Fit Collection: Ragini Desakh, Page from a Jaipur Ragamala Set, 1750 / 70. Creator: Unknown

Ragini Desakh, Page from a Jaipur Ragamala Set, 1750 / 70. Creator: Unknown
Ragini Desakh, Page from a Jaipur Ragamala Set, 1750/70

Background imageKeep Fit Collection: Indian warriors exercising with a view of the English Residents camp, c

Indian warriors exercising with a view of the English Residents camp, c
CHT176802 Indian warriors exercising with a view of the English Residents camp, c.1810 (coloured engraving) by French School, (19th century); Bibliotheque des Arts Decoratifs, Paris

Background imageKeep Fit Collection: A Display of Gymnastics before the Emperor (colour litho)

A Display of Gymnastics before the Emperor (colour litho)
CHT293602 A Display of Gymnastics before the Emperor (colour litho) by Japanese School, (19th century); Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris

Background imageKeep Fit Collection: Girl Guide Athlete Badge, 1923 (colour litho)

Girl Guide Athlete Badge, 1923 (colour litho)
473023 Girl Guide Athlete Badge, 1923 (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Girl Guides)

Background imageKeep Fit Collection: Walking Machine (litho)

Walking Machine (litho)
KDC379791 Walking Machine (litho) by French School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: ingenious French exercise machine invention enabling the user to simulate climbing a mountain at)

Background imageKeep Fit Collection: Poster advertising the Bains du Nouveau Cirque, 251 rue St

Poster advertising the Bains du Nouveau Cirque, 251 rue St
488590 Poster advertising the Bains du Nouveau Cirque, 251 rue St. HonorA©, Paris, late 19th century (colour litho) by French School, (19th century); Private Collection; French, out of copyright

Background imageKeep Fit Collection: Master-at-Arms Scout Badge, 1923 (colour litho)

Master-at-Arms Scout Badge, 1923 (colour litho)
473617 Master-at-Arms Scout Badge, 1923 (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: To earn this badge)

Background imageKeep Fit Collection: Russell Smith of Southport shows just how fit you can be at 80

Russell Smith of Southport shows just how fit you can be at 80. Mr Smith, a retired industrial engineer claims the secret of staying young is 3.5 - 5 minutes of exercise each day

Background imageKeep Fit Collection: Lynda Carter - star of the television series Wonder Woman

Lynda Carter - star of the television series Wonder Woman, jogging along Park Lane in London. Wonder Woman ran for 3 series from 1975 to 1979. Picture taken 31st January 1980

Background imageKeep Fit Collection: Ninety two year old supergran Winifried has a work out watched by health boss Tony

Ninety two year old supergran Winifried has a work out watched by health boss Tony Richardson. July 1979

Background imageKeep Fit Collection: Ninety two year old supergran Winifried Ali gives a demonstration of her ability to

Ninety two year old supergran Winifried Ali gives a demonstration of her ability to complete a few press-ups watched by health boss Tony Richardson. July 1979

Background imageKeep Fit Collection: Morriis Brafman Seventy three year old of Arlington Road Petersham Surrey

Morriis Brafman Seventy three year old of Arlington Road Petersham Surrey. 20th November 1955

Background imageKeep Fit Collection: Frank Shortland seen here rowing and raising funds for Children in Need at the Coventry

Frank Shortland seen here rowing and raising funds for Children in Need at the Coventry Sports Centre. 15th January 1994

Background imageKeep Fit Collection: Class 2a take part in a sponsored Leapfrog marathon at Bablake School, Coventry

Class 2a take part in a sponsored Leapfrog marathon at Bablake School, Coventry. 31st May 1973

Background imageKeep Fit Collection: Pensioner Pat Barry, 76, training for the Powderhall Sprint. 15th August 1973

Pensioner Pat Barry, 76, training for the Powderhall Sprint. 15th August 1973

Background imageKeep Fit Collection: Old People - Bob Robinson aged 73 Superfit Grandfather who was sacked because he was too

Old People - Bob Robinson aged 73 Superfit Grandfather who was sacked because he was too old to work

Background imageKeep Fit Collection: Pakistan - Bangladesh Civil War June 1971 A large area of East Pakistan

Pakistan - Bangladesh Civil War June 1971 A large area of East Pakistan territory is under the control of the Bangladesh Freedom Fighters

Background imageKeep Fit Collection: Reveille 'Keep Young and Beautiful feature, Woman wearing one piece bathing costume

Reveille "Keep Young and Beautiful feature, Woman wearing one piece bathing costume
Reveille " Keep Young and Beautiful feature, Woman wearing one piece bathing costume exercising with weights. Circa 1958

Background imageKeep Fit Collection: Reveille Fashion Feature The Vernon girls pose with rugby balls in the reveille

Reveille Fashion Feature The Vernon girls pose with rugby balls in the reveille studio. Circa 1959

Background imageKeep Fit Collection: Reveille 'Keep Young and Beautiful feature, Woman wearing one piece bathing costume

Reveille "Keep Young and Beautiful feature, Woman wearing one piece bathing costume
Reveille " Keep Young and Beautiful feature, Woman wearing one piece bathing costume exercising with weights Circa 1958

Background imageKeep Fit Collection: Contestants in a beach beauty competition at Skegness 26th July 1960

Contestants in a beach beauty competition at Skegness 26th July 1960



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Embrace the Elements: From playful polar bears to dedicated fitness enthusiasts, keeping fit knows no bounds. Whether it's a young bear rolling around in the freshly formed snow or a woman diligently exercising her body and mind, staying active is essential for all creatures. In bustling Shanghai, a crowd of people gracefully practices Tai Chi, harnessing their inner strength amidst the vibrant energy of China. Meanwhile, back in 1980s June, a man showcases his agility by performing exercises with a frisbee – proving that fitness can be both fun and unconventional. As the sun rises over Hampstead Heath's serene Vale of Health, a runner embarks on an invigorating journey along a sunlit path. The tranquility of nature serves as motivation for those seeking solace while keeping fit. And speaking of unexpected pursuits, more and more married men are embracing weightlifting as their chosen form of exercise – defying stereotypes and pushing their physical limits. In the world of sports injuries and comebacks, Coventry City footballers Dave Bennett and Lloyd McGrath demonstrate resilience after breaking bones on the field. Their determination to recover showcases how maintaining fitness goes beyond just physical health; it also builds mental fortitude. From London to Paris and beyond, individuals like teenager Maureen Mulcock from Bellingham refuse to let limitations define them. They push boundaries through various activities such as yoga expert Lyn Marshall who graces stages like Albert Hall with her expertise. Fitness has evolved throughout history too – from Eugene Paz founding The Gym in Paris back in 1866 to witnessing human pyramids at French gymnastics festivals in 1899. These glimpses into our past remind us that staying active is not just about personal growth but also about celebrating our collective achievements. So whether you find joy in rolling around like a polar bear or prefer structured routines like Tai Chi or weightlifting - keep fit. Embrace your own unique journey towards wellness because when it comes to staying active, there are no limits.