THE PHYSICAL CULTURE CREED (Nov, 1934)
THE PHYSICAL CULTURE CREED
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.