Bodily Health and Spiritual Vigour, 1913 style

As we recover from overindulging this Thanksgiving, some of us could use a workout. In 1913, William J. Lockington published a series of lectures given to Jesuits on the importance of health–both spiritual and physical. The volume includes lectures on spiritual exercises, dietary guidelines (“Our breakfast, unlike that of Continental countries, is a substantial meal, and all mental application must be avoided for at least half an hour afterwards”), and illustrated workouts. Walks are encouraged to last four, five, or even six hours. Golf is discouraged as “too lengthy for an ordinary mortal subject to the Scriptual limitation of three score and ten years.”

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