09) Exercise: How important is physical work and exercise, as well as proper rest?

Prophetic Statements

Brigham Young

Instead of doing two days’ work in one day, wisdom would dictate to (the Saints), that if they desire long life and good health, they must, after sufficient exertion, allow the body to rest before it is entirely exhausted. When exhausted, some argue that they need stimulants in the shape of tea, coffee, spirituous liquors, tobacco, or some of those narcotic substances which are often taken to goad on the lagging powers to greater exertions. But instead of these kind of stimulants they should recruit by rest. Work less, eat less, and we shall be a great deal wiser, healthier, and wealthier people than by taking the course we now do. It is difficult to find anything more healthy to drink than good cold water, such as flows down to us from springs and snows of our mountains. This is the beverage we should drink. It should be our drink at all times . . . It may be remarked that some who use spirituous liquors and tobacco are healthy, but I argue that they would be much more healthy if they did not use it, and then they are entitled to the blessings promised to those who observed the advice given in the “Word of Wisdom.” [1]

I have no objection to their learning to cultivate flowers, herbs, and useful shrubs in the gardens. It is good for their health to rise early in the morning and work in the soil an hour or two before breakfast, this practice is especially beneficial to those who have weak lungs. [2]

. . . it is far healthier to walk than to ride. [3]

  1. Brigham Young, Discourses of Brigham Young, p. 187
  2. Brigham Young, Discourses of Brigham Young, p. 211
  3. Brigham Young, Discourses of Brigham Young, p. 191
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