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October 23, 1967

A Substitute for Jogging as Exercise

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JAMA. 1967;202(4):368. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130170168041

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To the Editor:—  Dr. Waldo E. Harris and his team are to be congratulated on their careful study and concise report, "Jogging: An Adult Exercise Program" (201:759, 1967). Unfortunately, by the fourth decade many of us have become relatively chair-bound and need some type of easily available physical activity to stimulate the circulation and, incidentally, burn up calories.I'm sure it would be pleasant to jog-walk around the University of Oregon track in Portland during the spring and fall. But what about jogging in the winter or summer, especially if one lives in Nome or New Orleans? Furthermore, social acceptance of this type of activity in some urban areas is highly questionable.Consequently, I would like to suggest an alternate type of moderate exercise which could be performed year-round and without any question as to acceptability. Requiring little skill and minimal equipment, jumping "skipping" rope should be a satisfactory