Yes, as a student of the Classics and of history it always amazes me at how COMPLETELY WRONG the general public's idea about history is. It was quite clear to me while studying ancient exercise that the ancients prized INTERACTIVE exercises the most. When you went to the gym there were other people there to play catch with, wrestle with, etc. They really liked ball games, and the balls were heavy and didn't bounce since they didn't have rubber. Playing catch with what we today call a "medicine ball" was good exercise! Us moderns are loners. If there is one "secret" of the Ancients when it comes to exercise it is: do it with someone else!!! Don't exercise alone if you can help it!!! That's a paradigm shift from our current thinking.