February 26, 1916


JAMA. 1916;LXVI(9):654-655. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.02580350042021

A familiar furniture advertisement reminds us that, inasmuch as one third of our life is spent in bed, we can well afford to give some consideration to the attainment of comfort during that period. It is equally true that another large fraction of our daily experience consists in walking. Even a seemingly sedentary person indulges in the movement of forward progression to an extent which he may scarcely realize. According to F. G. Benedict, very few persons close a day of ordinary life without having walked a distance of not less than two or three kilometers (between one and two miles), and the actually studied movements of a person who might be classed as an ordinary "office worker" showed that the average distance walked per day amounted to seven miles.1 If we add to such facts the consideration that walking is a part of the necessary business routine of

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