National Geographic : 1942 Jun
Fit as a fiddle? FEW OF US keep in good physical condition auto matically. We must be willing to work for it. When we do keep "fit as a fiddle" our daily job becomes easier-our whole outlook on life is more cheerful and optimistic. In a program for keeping fit, the following are all important: 1. Sufficient sleep and rest. Most adults need eight hours of sleep daily, children consider ably more. 2. Recreation-a complete change from the daily work for both mind and body. Get yourself a hobby! "When play stops, old age begins." 3. The rightfood-in the right quantities, eaten leisurely in pleasant surroundings, at regular hours. Over-eating and rapid eating may be worse than too little food or the wrong kind of food. 4. Exercise-regular exercise. If periodic medi cal examinations show us to be physically sound, we are never too old to take some form of exercise. Some of the troubles which we may avoid by ob serving these simple rules are: a general feeling of fatigue and poor health... poor digestion... constipation .. . insomnia . . . sluggish thinking ... sickly appearance. One of the steps toward fitness which you can take immediately is to get sufficient exercise. Per haps you have a favorite game which gives you regular exercise. If not, walking is an ideal exer cise, especially for adults. A brisk walk "wakes up" the circulation, stimulates the lungs to greater activity, and helps tone up a surprisingly large number of the body's muscles. Walk at a vigorous pace! Try to get some walking into your daily routine. You'll enjoy it more if you have a definite objective: walk to work, to the store, to the station. If you are a desk worker, moderate exercise such as walking will help you relax after a confining day's work. Metropolitan will send you a free booklet which contains additional information about keeping fit. Ask for 62-N, "Health, Happiness and Long Life." COPYRIGHT1942-METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE CO. 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.