Sluggish bodies make sluggish minds. Men that sit about all of the time will soon become lazy and lethargic. Movement quickens the mind, enlivens the body, gives vigor to the heart, and makes the man more prepared to conquer the world about him. Rather than always living sedentary, take your friends, go for a row on the lake, or a run down the road. Race your brothers, have a shooting match with your father, or a swim for its benefits. Lift heavy objects at times to build your muscles, leap into the air to improve your balance, throw a ball for your eyes and climb trees for your hands. Never allow your hands become to soft; -unless you are an invalid- a soft hand is a hand that has had too many hours indoors. Work up perspiration and panting, and then step again into your room, take down your book, read it, and prepare for your next adventure, be it the Amazon, be It the South Pole, or be it outside aiding your younger sisters to make a doll house.
Through His Strength We Will Conquer,
Andrew C. Abbott