How Prince Philip stayed fit | The Royal Canadian Air Force’s 5BX routine
- Published on: 4/13/2021
- How did Prince Philip stay fit? Besides quitting smoking before marrying Queen Elizabeth II, and avoiding over-indulging in food and alcohol, the late Duke of Edinburgh credited a short Canadian-made exercise regime with keeping him fit all his life.
The Duke, who also enjoyed cricket, sailing, carriage driving and regular walks, reportedly followed the daily full-body strength and flexibility regime known as 5BX (Five Basic Exercises). It was developed by athlete and National Defence scientist William Orban in 1956 to help get members of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) into shape without the need for equipment or much space, but the 11-minute routine soon caught on among the general public.