Sources: Papers On Health

Where this is advised medically, it is often taken in a

manner far from wise. For weakly people seeking strength, exercise

should never be pursued to the extent of fatigue. Up to a certain point

it does good; beyond that, harm. The beginning of harm is indicated by

the feeling of weariness. At the same time it must be remembered that

what is felt as weariness may be merely laziness. This must be

energetically combated. There is no royal road to health any more than

to learning.

In some cases this disinclination for exercise may arise from too much

or too rich food, and a more sparing diet may remove it. See

Appendix; Physical Culture.

When even walking is out of the question, a kind of exercise may be

given by gently massaging the limbs while the patient is in bed. The

back muscles should also be gently rubbed and kneaded, so as to cause

them to move under the skin, without effort on the patient's part. But

no fatigue must be caused. The amount may be gradually increased as the

patient can stand it. See Brain Exercise; Massage.