Leave all the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as reading. I will rather say more necessary because health is worth more than learning.
- Thomas Jefferson
In Jefferson’s “happiness” quote from yesterday, he explained how our happiness ultimately depends on several factors that are within our control – one of which is “good health”. In today’s quote, he expresses his feelings on the importance of exercise and recreation as contributing factors toward health.
Exercise and recreation were so important to Thomas Jefferson that he advocated leaving the entire afternoon for those activities. Now, we may not be able to dedicate an entire afternoon to recreation and exercise like Jefferson (though I encourage you to mention it to your boss just to see what happens), but we should still strive to dedicate time to those activities.
For each of us, the activities and time available will vary – but the important thing is to make physical activity a matter of daily routine. If this is not something you currently do, I encourage you to give it a try. Take a walk during your lunch break, take the stairs instead of taking the elevator, go outside in the evening and play with your kids. Alternately, you can step things up a notch and join a gym or start a DVD-based exercise routine.
To make daily activity a part of your life, you need to stick it out long enough to make it a habit. Force yourself to do it for 3-4 weeks and it will become much easier – stick with it for 2 months and it might stick with you for years!