“Take the case of the business man, who takes the omnibus or car to this place of work, spends the most of his day at his desk….his pallor, bad digestion, headaches and general langour and feebleness may be the results of this little exercise. In the case of the middle-aged man, perhaps it is increasing stoutness, breathlessness, rheumatic or gouty tendancies, that warn of the need of muscle work and fresh air. Every healthy man ought, if possible, take a daily amount of exercise which shall not be less than 150 tons lifted 1 foot. This amounts to a walk of about nine miles”
“ A man’s business, as a rule, takes him out of door, and if the risk of his taking too little exercise for health is great, how much greater is it in the case of women, whose duties, as a rule, keep them indoors? Thus it is for days together many of them are not outside at all: then they sally forth on a shopping expedition, spend many hours lingering about shop windows and hanging over shop counters, and then return home fatigued to the uttermost, requiring several more days at home before a further expedition is ventured on. This is a most injurious system. A daily walk of four miles, ought to be insisted on”
It would seem the eminent physician has me banged to rights. I must remember not to linger in front of Greggs, salivating at their cream buns and I’ve been told often enough by the good people at John Lewis that if I continue to take up a position of repose on their curtain-measuring counter I will be removed forthwith.
Finally, the caption competition – such a favourite amongst you last time. Still no prizes but you will be guaranteed a hearty laugh, which will go towards your exercise for the day.