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A short history of wellbeing through exercise

As people the world over are compelled to spend most of their time at home, daily exercise has never seemed more essential to health and wellbeing. Here writer Kate Carter explores Western history to draw links between people of the past and those of us following online gym workouts indoors or setting out on a government-approved walk or run today. From the ancient Greek gymnasium to today’s primary-school PE lessons, humans have long understood the benefits of getting active.

Words by Kate Carter

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Kate Carter

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Kate Carter is a writer, journalist, presenter, editor and brand consultant. She covers all lifestyle subjects but with a particular focus on health and fitness.