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Roosevelt the Outdoorsman

Source: The Library of Congress

Theodore Roosevelt was a sickly young boy afflicted with asthma. As a teenager, he decided that he would “make his body,” and he undertook a program of gymnastics and weight–lifting, which helped him develop a rugged physique. Thereafter, he became a lifelong advocate of exercise and the “strenuous life.” He always found time for physical exertions including hunting, hiking, riding horses, and swimming.

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