Asia was a latecomer to the concept of health and fitness. But in recent decades the region has surged, particularly in specialist, culturally unique concepts such as spas. For example a Travel and Leisure Magazine survey of the top 10 spas in Asia, Africa and the Middle East ranked five from Thailand, two from Bali and one from Hong Kong. Bangkok is awash in fitness centres, Pilates studios, personal trainers, "core body" centres and fitness clubs.
A survey of the top 10 spas in Asia, Africa and the Middle East ranked five from Thailand, two from Bali and one from Hong Kong.
Historically, health and fitness as a concept was driven out of Europe and the United States where a strong commonality with military and political might associated with physical fitness was evident. Some ancient cultures like the Greeks, who invented the Olympic Games, upheld an ideal that a sound mind can only be found in a healthy body. One overriding lesson of history is that in societies enamoured with wealth, prosperity and self-entertainment fitness levels drop. Technology, such as the internet, has contributed to an overall drop in fitness, particularly among computer-obsessed children.
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