Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Hand-Book Of Manly Sports: 1883
Persons in health are apt to think of illness as something disagreeable, but about which they need not trouble themselves, until it troubles them. Having full confidence in the doctor and his prescription, future disease has no terrors. Health can be preserved by exercise alone. Drugs are not wholly useless, but excepting in cases of contagious diseases, it is better to direct our efforts against the cause, rather than the effect. In a work of this kind it is only possible to but briefly notice certain essentials to the care of health.
Late hours and late meals should be avoided. Simple food, without spices or stimulants, should be regularly taken, and in moderate quantities.
PURE AIR. Health requires that we breath the same air once only.
Thorough ventilation of the house and place of business, and especially the sleeping rooms, should be attended to.
An equal temperature of the body should be maintained by exercise, or clothing which should be adapted to the season of the year and include proper under-clothing. The feet should always be protected by warm stockings and shoes.
The body should be kept perfectly clean. A soap and water bath should be taken at least once a week. This is a valuable adjunct to health, as it prevents the accumulation of impurities discharged through the pores of the skin.
The elementary principles of health are, pure air, perfect cleanliness, well-cooked food, and plenty of sun-light.
Posted by J.E. Miller at 7:08 PM