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A simple aerobic exercise devised in 1956 by Gordon Richards to train athletes for the Olympic Games. Pattering is similar to running on the spot. The exerciser steps quickly on the spot with the feet moving backwards and forwards but barely leaving the ground. The knees are not lifted, and the arms and legs move in a coordinated manner. Recommended speeds for a slow patter are about 50 steps per 10 seconds; for fast pattering, step as fast as possible. Pattering is tiring and beginners should start slowly doing only about 5–30 seconds a day (depending on age), gradually extending the session over a period of weeks. No session should exceed 2 minutes.

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