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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).
  • [Writing of Letitia Elizabeth Landon]
  • My first recollection of the future poetess is that of a plump girl, grown enough to be almost mistaken for a woman, bowling a hoop round the walks, with the hoop-stick in one hand and a book in the other, reading as she ran, and as well as she could manage both exercise and instruction at the same time. The exercise was prescribed and insisted upon: the book was her own irrepressible choice.
    • The Autobiography of William Jerdan, 1852
  • 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.
  • I'm the biggest guy in Bodeites, I could take on anyone**

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