National Geographic : 1943 Jul
WHO should exercise... and WHY LIKE OUR ARMED FORCES, civilians, too, must keep fit for their part in this war. This means adequate sleep, rest, recreation, a nutritious diet -and exercise. Everyone in good health should take some form of exercise-the type depending upon age, strength and occupation. Proper exercise strengthens the muscles which hold us erect and in good posture. It stimulates the circulation and keeps the heart and lungs in prime condition. It helps us avoid putting on excess weight. Digestion and elimination are im proved ... vigor and endurance are heightened ... we have that feeling of being in "the pink" of condition. In short, proper exercise helps us live longer! Meanwhile, we get keener enjoyment out of everything in life. Generally, some form of exercise which may be continued the year round is preferred. Mod erate regularexercise is far better than too much at one time. Any exercise is more beneficial out of doors. The tonic effect of fresh air and sunshine is great. Wisely taken, exercise should produce a pleasant exhilaration-not undue fatigue and aching muscles. Desk workers and those who do light manual work-sitting or standing at a machine, for ex ample-need exercise to keep them limbered up. Workers whose jobs demand great physical ex ertion need recreationmore than "muscle build ing." They should seek sunshine, rest and fresh air in their leisure time. If regular checkups show us to be sound, we are never too old to benefit from some form of exercise. This year, millions of Americans are getting splendid exercise through their Victory Gardens. If you are one of these, Metropolitan will send you upon request a free booklet, 73-N, "Keeping the Garden Going." COPYRIGHT 1943-METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE CO. ,Sl AIVNNVERSAR%4^I868yj9I Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (A MUTUAL COMPANY) ()' Frederick H. Ecker, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD Leroy A. Lincoln, PRESIDENT 1 MADISON AVENUE, NEW YORK, N. Y.