- In our modern age of wheeled transport, man tends to do anything rather than walk. Age of haste.
- Our ancestors looked on walking as their normal activity.
- Walking is the most natural exercises, necessary for health.
- Everyone should walk at least three or four miles daily.
Nowadays we have cycles, petrol-driven motor-cars, railway trains and electric trams, with motor-buses running all over the country. It is so easy to ride and our climate is so hot at times, that there is a great temptation for man to become over-mechanized. Our grandfathers were more hardy in this respect, and a walk of ten or fifteen miles was a very ordinary affair to them. It is said that if we cease to use any part of the body, then Nature will take away that gift. Scientists say that men of future ages will have short, weak legs, but very strong and powerful arms.”
The body was given us to use, and exercise is the normal tonic of the body. Good digestion, a good heart, and lungs, are only possible to one who indulges, in natural exercise. Games are very good, swimming is excellent, and so are gymnastics and drill. But all of these will not quite make up for failure to walk a certain distance every day. the gentle and prolonged exercise of walking has a beneficial. I must admit I like to set out late for school, and depend on a quick dash on my bicycle to cover the two miles journey. But on the day when I set out in good time and walk the distance in thirty minutes. I feel better for the day. I do better work and sleep better at night. Try it if you don’t believe me.
A really long walk on a holiday is a thing of joy. On some holidays, along with four friends, I go to a little station about five miles out of the city. Then we walk along a broad road, but presently leave it for a small, Bullock, through a few little villages, right round a broad tank, and so back to the railway station of Pasrur for the return journey. The total distance is seven miles, and now we think little of it.
But we have time to observe the many interesting scenes and persons, we meet in the seven miles. With exercise, our minds are broadened and we talk freely of what we have seen. It takes two hours to complete the circuit, for we are not in a hurry. But how much more pleasant than to cover the same distance in the finest motor car. We arrive home like giants refreshed, confident and strong, ready for the most refreshing sleep.