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November 17, 1956


JAMA. 1956;162(12):1116-1117. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970290012004

• There is evidence of continued neglect of those activities whereby men and women should strive to maintain a healthful degree of physical strength, agility, and endurance. A lack of physical fitness limits one's opportunities for a full enjoyment of professional and personal life. Formal exercises can take the place, to some extent, of physical work. A planned program of exercises can be adapted to the individual's age, and, by progressing from a cautious beginning, it can be developed sufficiently to undo the mischief of long periods of neglect. The physical activity also results in certain mental satisfactions that make for a feeling of alertness and power. A set of exercises chosen from those herein described can increase the individual's ability to meet the day's physical and mental tasks.