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    Old Age: Strong and incessant exercise in the open air

    Dear Editor,

    I read with interest the article "Physical activity is medicine for older adults" by Taylor in the Postgraduate Medical Journal (1). I agree that physical activity is and remains an organismic necessity and the best buy for public health (2-3)!

    The German physician Christopher William Hufeland (1762 - 1836) wrote in his famous work 'Art of Prolonging Life' in 1797: "Harmony in the movements...

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    Re: Old Age: Medicine is activity (Do not forget Susruta of India)

    Dear Professor Jorwal,

    In history of exercise physiology is often forgotten that Susruta of ancient India was the first physician to prescribe physical activity for health reasons. He promoted dietary changes and daily exercise of moderate intensity such as brisk walking to minimize the consequences of diabetes and obesity (1). Today, elderly people are very likely to benefit even from simple, full-body exercise...

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    Old Age: Medicine is activity
    • Pankaj Jorwal, Assistant Professor of Medicine
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      • Rohit Verma

    Sir,

    This article points out the well documented fact that increased physical activity has clear-cut protective effect from all cause mortality(1). Developing countries like India are also acknowledging such facts and are issuing guidelines for the same so as to promote health care of elderly even at primary health care level(2).

    With development and prosperity the average individual age is increasin...

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