Fitness in Ancient History

The Paleolithic Era (about 2.6 million years age) eventually inspires the Paleo Diet and workout programs.


776 B.C.  First Olympic Games recorded. The Pentathalon, Wresting, Pankration (Forerunner of Mixed Martial Arts) and Equestrian Events have been recorded as the first sports of the games.  It has been revealed that wrestling is being considered for removal from future Olympic Games.


460-370 B.C.  Hippocrates drops health knowledge bombs that have truly stood the test of time.

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”

“Walking is man’s best medicine. ”

“A wise man should consider that health is the greatest 
of human blessings, and learn how by his own 
thought to derive benefit from his illnesses.”


431-404 B.C.  Sparta rises to dominance.   Inspires Frank Millers and Lynn Varleys acclaimed 300 Graphic Novel, Eventually leads to The Spartan Race (2001), cinematic adaptation (2007) and 300 Workout.

Image4th Century B.C.  “Marketing” of Olympic Athletes begins.  This sets the stage for Wheaties and all other forms of endorsements.  Amazingly, little is known about nutrition during this period.

350 B.C.  First evidence of hunter-gatherer tribes found in Colorado.  The original organics!

341-270 B.C.  Epicurus, Greek philosopher, original “Dr. Feelgood” and proponent of “No Pain- NO PAIN!” speaks on the importance of positive thinking.



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