Category Archives: personal health and exercise

on walking (and exercise)

    “I think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits, unless I spend four hours a day at least–and it is commonly more than that–sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields, absolutely free from all … Continue reading

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Manhattan Island from Bottom to Top; Walking as Exercise

*****************************************************   In the spirit of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, I will begin with the conclusion, followed by evidence to prove my point. Walking is a naturally beneficial form of exercise habitual since human origins. It is perfectly suited to … Continue reading

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Thoreau on walking

          Henry David Thoreau, ‘Walking’ – The Atlantic Monthly, June 1862     I just returned from a morning “ramble” of around two and a half hours. I woke up feeling woolly-headed and like I needed … Continue reading

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Walt Whitman’s prescriptions for healthy living

    Walt Whitman’s health manual, “Manly Health and Training” (1858) has recently been published. It was discovered in 2012 by a graduate student at the University of Houston, Zachary Turpin. “Manly Health and Training,” written under the pseudonym Mose … Continue reading

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does cold air kill germs? (thoughts of a fresh air fiend)

    I was cleaning out an overload of emails on my computer yesterday and came across a few emails I had forgotten about between a relative of mine and me from last winter. The gist of our “electronic conversation” … Continue reading

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Walt Whitman on walking

    “Why are there trees I never walk under but large and melodious thoughts descend upon me?” “Song of the Open Road” (1856)   I too walked the streets of Manhattan Island, and bathed in the waters around it, … Continue reading

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