Health and BodyBuilding.
In my last notes I mentioned howdesirable it was to have a calm, seif-contained disposition. I consider that the best method of gaining this very desirable disposition is by attention to the ■ demands of Nature. As I said before, imagination is responsive for many complaints, and worry is equally as bad. How can a person who is continually worrying over small matters expect to have a cheerful disposition or maintain good health. I find that the best cure for worry, is deep breathing, because deep breathing is conducive to cheerfulness. Pure air is absolutely essential to life, to health, ©ne can exist on bad air, but to exist does not necessarily mean living. The average individual imagines that it has but little influence on his general health. There was never a more serious blunder. There is food in air. Oxygen is a food. It is just as necessary—in fact, far more necessary to life than any other element which enters into the constituents of the body. 'A man can live for several days without water, but ]»e cannot live for five minutes without oxygen. , If people would only consider the importance and enormous value of pure air, rich in this oxygen, that the lungs may be liberally supplied with their needs. It 'is not possible to acquire or retain power for any length of time if this necessity for pure air is not recognised. It is surprising the number of people who are afraid of draughts. This has “dug”- premature graves for thousands. /Did you ever notice that the more a man feared draughts the more colds he seemed to contract, the weater he seemed to be, while the more careless man in this matter rarely had a cold. Fresh air is- the greatest tonic in the world. It absorbs the impurities that are thrown off from the body, and assists igroatly in accelerating the powers of elimination constantly going on through the pores. Of course, if accustomed to smothering yourself with clothing, do not immediately adopt the other extreme. The body is like a plant made delicaee by being kept from sun and air.; If such a plant is immediately exposed to rough breezes and the direct rays of the sun, it is liable to suffer from this sudden change, but expose it a short time the first 'day, gradually increasing the time each day, and finally it will become vigorous and hardy. A weak body is exactly like this plant. I have already mentioned in my last notes the great power of mental influence over the body in any condition of health or disease. Thousands of healthy human beings go about with a dread on their mind that they arc suffering from some insidious disease, when their ailment really exists only in their imagination. Such a condition, if continued long, will, however, produce actual disease.This mental condition must be couraged as much as possible. Remember that disease or weakness is unnatural, and that the body, if given an opportunity, will actually, cure itself. Sylvanus Stall, D.R., has said : “Every young man who desires 1 to remain strong should have an absoi’bing purpose in life, ‘‘The man who aims at the sun will shoot higher than the man who aims at the earth. “If you do not build a few castles in the air, you will never own any that a,re built on the earth.” Gloomy thoughts are enemies, and the only way to a cheerful disposition is by constant attention to exercise and the care of the body.
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Health and Body-Building., Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 50, 9 February 1907
Health and Body-Building. Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 50, 9 February 1907
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