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The Evolution of Medical Views on Exercise

William-Edward Coale

Coale, William-Edward, Hints on Health; with Familiar Instructions for the Treatment and Preservation of the Skin, Hair, Teeth, Eyes, Etc., Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1857.

Definition Objective

The object of general exercise is to genially stimulate the circulation, & by that means rouse the various organs, otherwise liable to sluggishness & inaction, to a wholesome activity in the performance of their functions.

Coale, 76.

Frequency Type / Mode 
Exercise should be equable & regular.

Walking, riding, boxing, fencing, swimming.

Coale, 78-9.

Duration Time of Day  Intensity

Exercise should not be taken on an empty stomach, therefore not before breakfast or immediately after.

Coale, 77.


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