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Benefit Of Out-door Life

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The perfectly healthy man is he whose mind is well balancea, whose brain is clear and active, and whose body is capable of rneeting all demands made upon it by the senses. To attain to this pitoh of excellence, moderate and regular exereise is absolutely essential. Dyspepsia and a host of kindred ailments are more frequently the direct result of sedentary habits thau of indiscretions in the matter of diet ; and a inan's legs, if properly used, will often prove more beneficial to the sufferer than all the drugs in the pharmacopoeia. Thousands of people do not know what the enjoyments of healthy, vigorous life really are. They havo never experienced the buoyancy of spirits, the warm glow of blood in the veins, consequent upon, pedestrian exercise, - indeed, inseparable Erom it. They mistake the lassitude which oppresses them at the end of the day's work for physical exhaustion. It is nothing of the kind. It is only a weariness caused by the dullness of routine. Nothing rests the brain of either scholar, or bookkeeper, or clerk, like a little bodily exercise. The man who retires to ais bed with a weary brain and an enervated body never tastes the delights of sleep. Many, perhaps, will doubt the truth of this. Liet them try for theinselves, for uow they have the opportunity. [f they cannot play base ball or cricket, [ut them walk. If they cannot go to a gymnasium, let them swim. If they oannot do anything else, let theni chop wood. Happy the man who can find time to row. It is not necessary that he should row races : it is not even necessary that ie should row himself out of breath, or row the skin off his hands. We doubt if ;here is any exercise which is a panacea or so many ills as the exercise of the oar. The oarsman raust lead a températe life, and thus rowing may fairly be regarded as one of the most powerful agents in the causo of temperance. No good oarsman ever was or ever can be intemperate. - With loss of tomperance comes loss of skill. The samo rule, in a lesser degree, holds ?ood of all real out-door sports. On the uinting field, in cricket, in base ball, in rifle shooting, in all out-door games, and oven in ten-pins, steady nerves are essenaal tosuccess, and to steady nerves intemperance is is a deadly foe. Therefore we are glad to see a greater love for the open air growing up amongus. - JV. Y. Bvening Vost.


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