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History of exercise from ancient times to the present

A man works out with a medicine ball.
Karsten Winegeart

In the book SWEAT: A History of Exercise, author Bill Hayes tells the story of the modern obsession with exercising—a form of physical activity distinct from sports, play, or athletics—along with its ancient origins.

Hayes joins us to explore the cultural and scientific history of why and how we exercise, as well as how the human body works.


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