Exercise is the performance of some activity in order to develop or maintain physical fitness.
- Better to hunt in fields, for health unbought,
Than fee the doctor for a nauseous draught.
The wise, for cure, on exercise depend;
God never made his work for man to mend.
- John Dryden, Epistle to John Driden of Chesterton, line 92-95 (1700)
- Health is the vital principle of bliss,
And exercise, of health.
- James Thomson, The Castle of Indolence, Canto ii, Stanza 55. (1748)
- If you would get exercise, go in search of the springs of life.
- Henry David Thoreau, “Walking” (1862), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 5, p. 209, Houghton Mifflin (1906)
- Exercise and application produce order in our affairs, health of body, cheerfulness of mind, and these make us precious to our friends.
- Thomas Jefferson, Letter to his daughter, Martha Jefferson. (March 28, 1787) The Family Letters of Thomas Jefferson, p. 34, eds. E.M. Betts and J.A. Bear, Jr. (1966)
- I get my exercise running to the funerals of my friends who exercise.
- Barry Gray, New York magazine (May 19, 1980)
- I feel about exercise the same way that I feel about a few other things: that there is nothing wrong with it if it is done in private by consenting adults.
- Anna Quindlen, Living Out Loud, p. 65, Fawcett Columbine (1988)
- Walking is the natural recreation for a man who desires not absolutely to suppress his intellect but to turn it out to play for a season.
- Leslie Stephen, Studies of a Biographer: Second Series (London: Duckworth, 1902) vol. 3, p. 261