Physical Activities during the Interregnum
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However, once distrust of physical recreation was aroused its prospects were gloomy. The physical nature of man, the Puritans were reminded, was the seat of some of the darker vices, especially gluttony and lust. The body's play and the body's vices tended to merge together without distinction and attitudes towards physical functions became much more antagonistic than the original philosophical premises of Calvinism had demanded. Once this antagonism was given full rein (and it was likely to have unanimous support from all the sects in the movement), drastic legislation against sports and games was almost inevitable.