A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from March 05, 2015
“Move it or lose it” (exercise adage)

“Use it or lose it” is a proverb that dates to at least the 19th century. “Move it or lose it” is a popular exercise adage. If bone joints aren’t moved, a person might lose the ability to move in the future. “You’ve got to move it or lose it” was the motto of Camp Murrietta (a “fitness weight loss camp” or “fat camp") in Kerrville, Texas, in 1983. “Move it or lose it” appeared in several exercise-related newspaper articles in 1986.

“We’d like to alter that a bit to say, ‘Move it and lose it.’” one 2004 book stated, pointing out that people who “move it” often “lose it” (weight). “Move it or lose it” has also been used to describe a real estate move.


30 August 1983, Del Rio (TX) News-Herald, “Kerrville camp helps heavy teens slim down” by Marcia Smith (Dallas Times Herald), pg. 4, col. 3:
The words “fat camp” are never spoken at Camp Murrietta. “Fitness weight loss camp” more aptly describes the program that stresses physical activity, says the staff.

“You’ve got to move it to lose it” is the camp motto. Even during their free time, Camp Murrietta girls are encouraged to stay in motion.

OCLC WorldCat record
Kinematics : move it or lose it
Author: David Wuertz; Professional Video Services, Inc.
Publisher: Naples, Fla. : Professional Video Services, 1986.
Edition/Format: VHS video : VHS tape Visual material : English

20 May 1986, Boston (MA) Herald, “Fitnotes” by Kim Upton, pg. 25, col. 3:
MOVE IT OR LOSE IT—If you’re having a good time with life and wish to continue, here’s another thought on prolonging the experience of living. The magic formula, sorry to report, is exercise.

30 August 1986, The Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), sec. 1, pg. 5, col. 1:
These seniors ‘move it’ so they won’t ‘lose it’
Exercising keeps ‘em limber

by Evelyn Dorman
It’s hard to believe Mabel Thoeresen has rheumatoid arthritis, or that she is 63, because she literally jumps into her exercise routine.
(...)
Thoresen proves that every time she steps into her classroom at Wheeling’s Pavilion Senior Center. Her motto? “It’s move it or lose it,” she says.

Thoresen may not claim to be the next Jane Fonda, but she does believe exercise is the key to helpingher enjoy life.

13 September 1987, The Advocate (Stamford, CT), “Calendar,” pg. A5, col. 2:
Arthritis Support Group. Norwalk Hospital, Maple St. 7:30 p.m. Judy Lambertson, “Move It or Lose It.”

13 October 1987, The Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH), “Fit,” pg. 2-D, col. 1:
Exercise is for you; move it or lose it.

6 November 1987, Boston (MA) Herald, “Study: Move it or lose it, permanently” (UPI), pg. 6, col. 1:
CHICAGO—Middle-aged men at risk of heart disease could cut their fatality rate by nearly a third if they would “just move around some,” spending as little as 45 minutes a day gardening, golfing or bowling, a major study said yesterday.

Google Books
Mega Health
By Marcus B. Sorenson
Ivins, UT: National Institute of Fitness
1992
Pg. 214:
MOVE IT OR LOSE IT!
A second major factor in bone loss is sedentary living. With little or no weight-bearing activity, bones lose part of their reason to exist and deteriorate rapidly. Bones are meant to move, bear weight, and work against resistance. When this doesn’t happen, bone tissue is not sufficiently stimulated to stay strong. It is well known that when bones aren’t used, they begin to lose their calcium stores, which results in a loss of bone.

Google Books
Lose It for Life Workbook
By Stephen Arterburn
Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson
2004
Pg. 97:
You’ve heard the saying, “Move it or lose it!” We’d like to alter that a bit to say, “Move it and lose it.” The more you move your body, the more calories you’ll burn and the more fat you’ll lose.

OCLC WorldCat record
Move it or lose it: Tips on how to follow a healthy lifestyle while living the hectic exec’s life
Author: A Holloway
Edition/Format: Article Article : English
Publication: CANADIAN BUSINESS, 79, no. 9, (April 24, 2006): 74-75
Database: British Library Serials

Urban Dictionary
move it or lose it, grampa
The phrase is pretty self explanitory.
Move it (command), or lose it (threat), grampa (insult).
Man, this group of idiots just stopped in the middle of the hall.
“ MOVE IT OR LOSE IT, GRAMPA”!

by musicxlove June 29, 2006

Google Books
Stress Management:
Practical Ways to Relax and Be Healthy

By Eve Adamson
Avon, MA: Adams Media
2007
Pg. 54:
Move It or Lose It!
Exercise may be one of the most perfect stress management tools, yet it’s often the first thing to go when our schedules get too busy.

OCLC WorldCat record
Move it or lose it! : a step by step approach to achieving peak performance in the corporate world through mindset, fitness and nutrition
Author: Adam Strong, (Personal trainer)
Publisher: Waddon, Croydon, Surrey : Filament Publishing Ltd, [2014?] ©2014
Edition/Format: book_printbook : English

The Examiner (San Francisco, CA)
February 12, 2015 Features » Health & Fitness
Sounding the alarm about keepsake ultrasounds
By Mehmet Oz And Mike Roizen
(...)
FORWARD MOTION
You’ve heard the expression “Move it or lose it”? Wow, is that true! A new study looked at the life expectancy of over 334,000 men and women, and found that — regardless of your body mass index — inactivity (no recreational activity and a sedentary job) is twice as likely as obesity to lead to premature death.

News4Jax (Jacksonville ,FL)
There’s truth behind the phrase ‘move it or lose it’
Author: Jodi Mohrmann, Managing editor of special projects,
Published On: Feb 27 2015 06:40:00 AM EST
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Josephine Scott moves like a woman 20 years her junior. At age 78, she lives on her own and loves it.

“I do all my own housekeeping, cooking, cleaning,” she said.

Scott was part of a two and a half year national trial evaluating fitness in the elderly. The LIFE study or Lifestyle Interventions For the Elderly, recruited 1,600 sedentary seniors.

“We found when we started the program that some people were only able to be active for maybe five minutes at a time,” said Anne Newman, MD, MPH, of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.

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