Sunday, 13 October 2013

Forgotten gurus: F Meredith Clease


In 1909, with advertisements surrounding him advocating tobacco, patent remedies and astrology as a means to health and happiness, F Meredith Clease was offering something truly radical: exercise. Clease said his system of stretching not only cured obesity and “prominent hips” but also “Slackness, Out of Breath, Puffiness, or Can’t-be-bothered Condition.” 
If only people had listened. Was he a crank, a quack or a visionary? It’s still so hard to tell the difference.