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The Evolution of Medical Views on Exercise

Girolamo Mercuriale (1530-1606)

McIntosh, P.C., “Hieronymus Mercurialis ‘De Arte Gymnastica’: Classification and Dogma in Physical Education in the Sixteenth Century”, The British Journal of Sports History, 1:1 (May, 1984).

Definition Objective
Vigorous voluntary movement of the human body with a change in the rate of breathing done either to protect health or to develop fitness.

McIntosh, 77.

Exercise restores heat lost by excretion, induces sleep which is good for digestion.

McIntosh, 79.

Frequency Type / Mode 
Duration Time of Day  Intensity



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