A walk, even in winter, would be more beneficial to the health than all the medicine the doctors may prescribe.
God will not work a miracle to keep these from sickness who have no care for themselves
Inspiration says: "When the weather will permit, all who can possibly do so, ought to walk in
the open air every day, summer
and winter. But the clothing should
be suitable for the exercise, and the feet should be well protected. A walk, even in winter, would be more beneficial to the health than all the medicine the doctors may prescribe. For those who can walk, walking is preferable to riding. The muscles and veins are enabled better to perform their work. There will be increased vitality, which is so necessary to health. The lungs will have needful action;
for it is impossible to go out
in the bracing air of a winter's morning without inflating the lungs... Exercise will aid the work of digestion." E.G. White, Counsels on Health, p. 52.
"Many have expected that God would keep them from sickness merely because they have asked Him to do so. But God did not regard their prayers, because their faith was not perfect by works.
God will not work a miracle to keep these from sickness who have no care for themselves, but are continually violating the laws of health, and make no efforts to prevent disease. When we do all we can on our part to have health, then may we expect that the blessed results will follow, and we can ask God in faith to bless our efforts for the preservation of health. He will then answer our prayer, if His name can be glorified thereby. But let all understand that they have a work to do. God will not work in a miraculous manner to preserve the health of persons who by their careless inattention to the laws of health are taking a sure course to make themselves sick." Counsels on Health, p. 59.
By Suzanne Sutton