THE PHYSICAL CULTURE CREED (Nov, 1934)

THE PHYSICAL CULTURE CREED

We Believe:
That our bodies are our most glorious possessions; that health-wealth is our greatest asset; that every influence which interferes with the attainment of superb, buoyant health should be recognized as a menace.

We maintain that weakness is truly a crime; that sickness is the penalty of violated health laws; that every man can be a vigorous, vital specimen of masculinity; that every woman can be a splendidly strong, well-poised specimen of femininity, IF THE LAWS OF LIFE ARE RIGIDLY OBSERVED.

We believe that the requirements in the building of glorious health are:

First: Pure air and sunlight whenever obtainable; thorough ventilation of living rooms.

Second: Wholesome diet of vital foods, well masticated, eaten only at the dictates of a normal appetite; frequent fasting of a day or two if needed.

Third: Reasonable regular use of the muscular system throughout the entire body in work, in the gymnasium, on the athletic field, or otherwise.

Fourth: Thorough cleanliness, which requires frequent baths—cold baths for a tonic, hot baths for cleanliness—though dry friction with the open hands, brush or towel is also valuable.

Fifth: Internal cleanliness, which is a matter of regular and thorough elimination.

Sixth: Abundant sleep, measured in depth or quality as well as duration; this power of deep sleep being dependent upon sufficient exercise and healthful habits.

Seventh: Right mental attitude; thinking is a powerful factor in maintaining vital health, and can be constructive or destructive. The mind can build you up or tear you down.

3 comments
  1. Don says: January 18, 20102:54 pm

    Eighth: If you’re ever sick, it’s your own damn fault!

  2. Paul says: January 19, 201012:47 pm

    They forgot tons of sex.

  3. nlpnt says: January 19, 201011:07 pm

    Other than the emphasis on fasting and “regular and thorough elimination”, this isn’t bad advice today.

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