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Keep Fit! A Book for Boys (and Girls)

Keep Fit! A Book for Boys, or, to give it it’s full title: Keep Fit! A Book for Boys AND Girls because it’s now 2020, not 1920, is a bit of fun from the archives. It can of course be argued it makes no reference to girls simply because they actually DID lead very different lives. For a modern audience, however, none of the advice is gender-specific and I think we can ALL actually learn something from this little booklet.

From the Health & Cleanliness Council

Originally published in 1928 by the wonderfully named Health & Cleanliness Council (motto: where there’s dirt, there’s danger!) it covers the very best way to live your day from when you get up in the morning to when you go to sleep at night.

I purchased this booklet initially because it contained a series of morning exercises, but when I actually sat down and read it cover to cover one day, I realised it had SOME good things to say. I say some because frankly, some outlandish things are claimed:

In the stern days of the Great War a famous battalion went “over the top” with a football, and in the excitement of dribbling it towards the enemy’s trenches forgot all about the German bullets…

I’m pretty sure they remembered shortly afterward! Anyhow, that, of course, is a very modern gripe, and those young men certainly needed a distraction.

Keep Fit in Mind and Body

The booklet is arranged under the following headings:

  • Good Morning!
  • A Good Splash
  • Clean hands & Feet
  • Boots and Shoes
  • Clean Clothes
  • Breakfast
  • Carrying on Well
  • Holidays
  • Good Night!

It literally covers you from when you get up in the morning (free tip: when you wake up – get up!) to when you go bed in the evening.

A final word for those who are thinking of taking up the tobacco:

A weedy, slouching lad does not look any more a man because he has a cigarette in his mouth!

Richie Neville | Director

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