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The Evolution of Medical Views on Exercise

P.H. Clias

Clias, PH, An Elementary Course of Gymnastic Exercises; . . ., London: Sherwood, Gilbert & Piper, Paternoster-Row, J. Hearne, 1825.

Definition Objective

Walking ripen the ideas, develops the memory, & becomes a good auxiliary to the work of the mind.  Walking also dissipates gloomy ideas, vapors of melancholy, & hypocondriacal affections.  Walking provokes appetite, assists digestion, accelerates the general circulation and respiration.  It also brings fluids to the skin, thereby increasing cutaneous exhalation, it augments calorification & makes one resistant to the cold.   Running favors the development of the chest, dilates the lungs, and if moderate preserves the lungs from dangerous & inveterate diseases.

Clias, 23, 25.

Frequency Type / Mode 

Walking, running & jumping are the best of the gymnastic exercises.

Complicated Exercises — wrestling, skating, elementary vaulting.

Swimming.

Clias, 19, 82, 109, 121, 145.

Duration Time of Day  Intensity

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