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The Evolution of Medical Views on Exercise

Hippocrates (460-370 B.C.)

Hippocrates, Regimen, trans. by W.H.S. Jones, Cambridge: Harvard Univ. Press, 1953.

Definition Objective
Cleanse and nourish the soul; After dinner— soul may receive drier nourishment from the things that enter, Early morning— the passages may be emptied of moisture & the pores of the soul may not be obstructed, After exercise— secretion from running may not be left behind in the body to contaminate the soul, obstruct passages & trouble nourishment.

Hippocrates, 285.

Frequency Type / Mode 

Walking, Running, Wrestling & all other forms of athletics (in moderation)

Hippocrates, 49, 55 & 371-383.

Duration Time of Day  Intensity
After Dinner, Early Morning, after exercise

Hippocrates, 285.


Hippocrates, 289.

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