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Entry from June 23, 2012
“Never stand when you can walk, never walk when you can run” (exercise adage)

"Never stand when you can walk, never walk when you can run” is advice given to people to discourage them from being sedentary. Charles E. Page, M.D., wrote in Health Culture in 1900:

“Never sit when you can stand; never stand when you can walk; never walk when you can run; never ride when you can go afoot. Don’t go round a hill, but climb it; and a few flights of stairs to mount is the next best thing.”

“Never lie down when you can sit, never sit when you can stand, never stand when you can walk” became a common American fitness adage by the 1980s.

The 19th century culture of Arabs and Moors in Morocco, however, was to take it easy. “Never walk when you can ride, never stand when you can sit, never take two steps when one will do” was said to be an Arab maxim in 1862.


Google Books
My Wanderings:
Being Travels in the East in 1846-47, 1850-51, 1852-53

By John Gadsby
London: A. Gadsby
1862
Pg. 169:
One Arab maxim is, “Never do to-day what you can put off until tomorrow; never walk when you can ride; never stand when you can sit; never take two steps when one will do; never be without a pipe when you have one within reach.”

Google Books
Children of All Nations:
Their homes, their schools, their playgrounds

By G. Clausen, et al.
New York, NY: Cassell & Company, Limited
1884
Pg. 252:
In Morocco we shall find both Arabs and Moors. The latter, as we know, at one time invaded Spain, and left many relics of their splendid architecture, which remain to this day features of the peninsula. They are warlike and yet lazy, and we have heard some Moorish proverbs which say—

“Never stand when you can sit --
Never walk when you can stand --
Never run when you can walk.”

Google Books
September 1900, Health Magazine, pg. 87, col. 2:
Never sit when you can stand; never stand when you can walk; never walk when you can run; never ride when you can go afoot. Don’t go round a hill, but climb it; and a few flights of stairs to mount is the next best thing. Don’t step slowly, even crossing a room—make everything count for training. Don’t over-do; rest when tired.—Charles E. Page, M.D. in Health Culture.

31 October 1900, Duluth (MN) News Tribune, “Hints on Healtb Topics,” pg. 4, col. 5
A well-known medical writer in a recent number of Health Culture condenses some good advice in these sentences: “Never sit when you can stand; never stand when you can walk; never walk when you can run; never ride when you can go afoot. Don’t go round a hill, but climb it; and a few flights of stairs to mount is the next best thing. Don’t step slowly, even crossing a room—make everything count for training. Don’t over-do; rest when tired.”

Google News Archive
14 February 1964, Wilmington (NC) Morning Star, “Swedish Proverb Has Lessons For Health” by C. A. Dean, M.D., pg. 6, cols. 5-6:
I recently read, and enjoyed very much, an old Swedish proverb: “Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; sit less, walk more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say moire; hate less, love more; and all good things are yours.”
(...)
Walking is still one of the best exercises, especially for those over 50 who usually don’t participate in sports very often. To expand this saying a little more— never lie when you can sit, never sit when you can stand, never stand when you can walk and never walk when you can run.

Google Books
Maximum Personal Energy:
Unleash your energy potential and enjoy life

By Charles T. Kuntzleman
Emmaus, PA: Rodale Press
1981
Pg. 58:
That is, never lie down when you can sit, never sit when you can stand, never stand when you can walk. These physical activities should also be complemented with good eating practices.

Google Books
June 1984, Black Enterprise, pg. 280, col. 3:
Exercise: The Winning Edge
You may say there’s no time for a gym or health club, but you can make some moves for your health’s sake. Simply put, never sit when you can stand, never stand when you can walk, never walk when you can run. Walk upstairs instead of taking the elevator; walk to meetings instead of driving or taking a taxi.

Google Books
Seniors on the Move
By Renate Rikkers
Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics Publishers
1986
Pg. 181:
Always remember the old fitness saying, “Never lie down when you can sit, never sit when you can stand, and never stand when you can walk.” And to this I add, “Never use your car when you can walk, and don’t walk slowly if you can walk briskly.”

Google Books
Fit, Firm & 50
By Jay H. Lehr and Ken Swanson
Chelsea, MI: Lewis Publishers
1990
Pg. 244:
There is an old fitness adage that says, “Never lie when you can sit; never sit when you can stand; never stand when you can walk; never walk when you can run.”

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityExercise/Running/Health Clubs • (1) Comments • Saturday, June 23, 2012 • Permalink


Walking is the best exercise for everyone.Always keep in your mind, “Never sit when you can stand; never stand when you can walk; and never walk when you can run.

Posted by slimquick  on  06/30  at  01:25 AM

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