Alec Nevala-Lee

Thoughts on art, creativity, and the writing life.

Thomas Jefferson on how to take a walk

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Gilbert Stuart portrait of Thomas Jefferson

Never think of taking a book with you. The object of walking is to relax the mind. You should therefore not permit yourself even to think while you walk; but divert your attention by the objects surrounding you. Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far…There is no habit you will value so much as that of walking far without fatigue. I would advise you to take your exercise in the afternoon: not because it is the best time for exercise, for certainly it is not; but because it is the best time to spare from your studies; and habit will soon reconcile it to health, and render it nearly as useful as if you gave to that the more precious hours of the day. A little walk of half an hour, in the morning, when you first rise, is advisable also. It shakes off sleep, and produces other good effects in the animal economy. Rise at a fixed and an early hour, and go to bed at a fixed and early hour also. Sitting up late at night is injurious to the health, and not useful to the mind.

Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to his nephew Peter Carr

Written by nevalalee

July 4, 2013 at 7:30 am

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  1. Reblogged this on Sean M. Madden and commented:
    What a most timely reminder of that which we, hopefully, already know. Thank you, Alec, for sharing this with us. With warm regards, Sean

    Sean M. Madden

    July 4, 2013 at 8:48 am

  2. Thanks so much—glad you liked it!

    nevalalee

    July 5, 2013 at 9:18 am

  3. Reblogged this on Savage Sophistication.

    Rachel M

    July 31, 2013 at 11:39 am


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