The simple and exciting thing about muscles and bones is that they are made for activity. A person may decide to walk or run, to swim or dance, to wok or rest as the need or desire demands. There are so many interesting things to be done in the world that most of us are eager to be ‘on the go.’ They begin enthusiastically on a new project and often annoyed at themselves when their bodies tire before their interest has lessened. They find that it is impossible for a person to do everything; hence choices must be made of activities that are most satisfactory. Each of us may practice playing tennis, playing golf, dancing, typing, or throwing a baseball. How soon do you tire? Have you lengthened the time before tiring?
There is an attitude among groups that it is ‘sissy’ to admit fatigue. Some people force themselves to keep up with their companions even when exhaustion is near. They do not realize that such extreme fatigue may cause permanent damage by lowering resistance to disease.
Many people having too short a period of rest at night find themselves so sleepy and tired in the morning that it is almost torture to drag themselves out of bed. Going to bed even one hour earlier the night before may help in preventing that early-morning misery.
You may discuss the following topics with experts or your friends: why do little children take naps? Is it a good idea to read after a person goes to bed? Is sleep before midnight better for a person than later sleep? Why is a tired person cranky?
An understanding of the many provisions within the body for producing and distributing energy and for maintaining all of these operations will help us to use them wisely. We can really see the function of rest and sleep for endurance and strength. The need for a balance between work and rest has long been recognized. Fatigue is a normal result of work. It is the body’s way of making sure that the individual will stop his activity and give muscles a chance to gather strength and energy for the next task.
It would be interesting to secure a pedometer and to have several family members wear it for a day or two to find out how far they walk during a workday. Let’s have a try.