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Exercise at Home!

A set of two wooden clubs that each have rounded handles and two stripes that go around the wide centre of the club, photographed laying in opposite directions on a plain white background

With much of the world locked down at home, getting in some meaningful physical exercise can be hard.  There have been many attempts over the years to develop new exercise technologies to make working out more accessible.  Swinging these heavy, wooden Indian Clubs (76.12.101a,b), was fitness fad in the late 19th century brought to the West by British travelers to India.  The clubs originated as wooden weapons, which were swung around the body for training, and they have more than two thousand years of proven exercise gains on the Indian Subcontinent. The fad may have passed, but modern variants are still available today – do you think you could incorporate some Club Swinging into your exercise regimen?

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