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5 Workouts That Put Your Sweat To Good Use

PHOTO: The treadmill was used in nineteenth century prisons as a power <a href=visit their website source.' style='float:left;padding:5px' /> An English civil engineer, Sir William Cubitt, designed the first treadmill in 1818 as a way to discipline prisoners while at the same time generating power for grinding corn and pumping water. Not until the 1960s was the machine transformed into the workout staple of the calorie-burning obsessed. Putting aside the torture aspect for the moment, Cubitt may have been onto something by making exercise good for something other than melting pounds and producing piles of sweaty laundry. After all, the calorie is simply a unit of energy.
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