Hippocrates: On Movement, Physical Activity & Exercise


Hippocrates' view on Movement, Physical Activity & Exercise

“Let food be thy medicine, let medicine be thy food”

All disease begins in the gut
— Hippocrates

The above Hippocrates' quotes many of us into health and wellbeing are very familiar with. In fact, I've probably seen more social media posts including those quotes than any other. But did you know the first quote probably doesn't even belong to Hippocrates? [1] That's why it's always important to check your sources as well as the true origin or meaning of an oft-quoted, quote.

So there are many quotes of Hippocrates used by nutritionists and other health professionals but what does he have to say about physical activity?

Here is a short video with a few quotes related to physical activity and exercise, incredible how many nuggets of wisdom, in relation to the importance of movement, was revealed by Hippocrates the father of modern medicine [2] born in 470BC.

“If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.”
— Hippocrates


[1] Cardenas D, "Let not thy food be confused with thy medicine: The Hippocratic misquotation", e-SPEN Journal, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.clnme.2013.10.002. (2013)

[2] Grammaticos PC, Diamantis A ., "Useful known and unknown views of the father of modern medicine, Hippocrates and his teacher Democritus". Hell J Nucl Med. (2008)