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December 1961

Diseases Produced by Lack of Exercise— Hypokinetic Disease

Arch Intern Med. 1961;108(6):961-962. doi:10.1001/archinte.1961.03620120145026

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Abstract

Man, laboring and straining for the bare pittance he needed for survival, has finally been able to change the face of the earth so that there are places where physical human labor not only is required very little in sophisticated modern societies, but exercise of any kind is looked upon as pathological, a freak which makes the obese shudder. They think of anyone who takes any avoidable exercise as sickened, a diseased residue left over from an exuberant youth. They avoid even thinking about the few queer people who still make an effort to stir the circulation, open the pores, aerate the nether alveoli, and strengthen their muscles by forms of physical work sufficiently vigorous to get up a sweat.

All races have had a strong folk belief in a magical time of antiquity lost in the dim past—a garden of Eden when man, living in a state of nature,

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