Hints for Health From An Early 1900s Book Still Ring True!

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I enjoy discovering new books and often find that the best reads are books written long ago and are better values that books sold today.  The following “hints for health” are found in a book that is a very interesting read from the early 1900s called ‘Tramping and Camping’ by the Walking Woolfs.

I’d explain it myself but the introduction does a great job:

The unique experience of Mr. and Mrs. Dwight H. Woolf, the champion Long Distance Walkers, has awakened general interest throughout the United States.

In 1909, Mr. Woolf’s doctor informed him that he would have to get out in the open and stay there, or he would die. He weighed only 107 pounds, including clothes, and was growing weaker daily. Yet he hesitated about giving up his business as a music publisher work; and it seemed a little short of madness to forego all the luxuries his life – the so-called “comforts” of civilization.

But Mrs. Woolf, who was a brave, sensible woman, thoroughly devoted to her husband’s interests, agreed with the physician and suggested a walk to the Ozark Mountains.

That was the beginning of a most remarkable series of trips through Missouri, Kansas, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and up through the north Atlantic States to New York and Boston, then home to Kansas City journey of about 10,300 miles.

Yet, wherever the couple went there was really but one destination – health.

Mr. Woolf gained strength and, not long after starting, was able to make twenty-five or thirty miles in a day. Clad in neat khaki uniforms, he and his wife—now the leading woman pedestrian of the world—marched from city to city, accom- panied by Dolly and Don, their faithful horse and dog.

The group was often surrounded by cheering crowds, or met by newspaper reporters and escorted with honor by delegations of police into the pres- ence of mayors and other officials, who received the travelers cordially.

But the “Walking Woolfs” gained something far more valuable than honor or fame; and their advice to others who have suffered from the effects of sedentary work is:

“When you get into a rut walk out of it.”

He who draws close to nature is rewarded in many ways, not the least of which is perfect health.

The object of this book is to preach the doctrine of exercise and fresh air.”

It’s amazing how a book written this long ago is not only a good “ripping” read but holds such good advice for living even nearly 100 years later.

For those of you who enjoy our Success Library, I’ve decided to include this book in it as well, making it available for all, and for FREE.  To access the Success Library, simply click here.

Here’s the Hints for Health from the beginning of the book:


Health comes first.

Get up early.

Go to bed early.

Get plenty of fresh air

Drink plenty of water.

Exercise daily in the open air.

Never be in a hurry at meal time.

It is better not to eat enough than too much.

Two meals a day are enough for persons employed at office work.

Don’t jeopardize your health to make money.

Wealthy men would give their riches for health.

Health is easy to lose and hard to gain.

There is a bright side to life if you look for it.

If you can’t think of something pleasant to talk about, be a good listener.

Don’t worry—get back to nature.

Don’t sleep with a closed window.

Open the window at the top.

Best Remedies—Fresh Air, Sunshine, Exercise Water. Nature.

Remember—That the largest amount of your ailments come from the lack of exercise and fresh air. 


  1. Greeting from over the sea. informative article I will return for more.

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