“Leave all the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as reading; I will rather say more necessary, because health is worth more than learning.” – Thomas Jefferson

Exercise — Jefferson’s Monticello

Thomas Jefferson firmly believed that physical exercise ensured not only bodily health, but mental health as well.  Walking was his preferred activity, although as he aged he lamented that “a single mile is too much for me,” and turned more to horseback riding as his daily exercise.