Modern Pastime Or, In-Door Amusements

Modern Pastime Or, In-Door Amusements

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1871 edition. Excerpt: ...slowly separate the hands, keep them at the same level, the arms straight, and try to make the backs of the hands moot behind you. This, to all, at the commencement, seems to be impossible; yet, as the chest expands, it becomes perfectly easy, though at first it will make the shoulders and chest rather stiff. Exercise 7.--Stand in the same position (Fig. 4). Grasp Fig. 4. the left hand with the right, bring the arms behind the head, and move them from one side to the other. This brings the pectoral muscles into play with those round the shoulder. Exercise 8.--Stand as before. Place the hands behind, and let the palms touch, with the fingers pointing downwards, as in Fig. 5. Now turn the fingers inward, and Fio. 5. Fig. C. bring the hands as high as possible up the back, taking care to keep the palms of the hands close together (Fig. 6). Exercise 9.--Position as before. Close the hands, draw the elbows back until the hands touch the sides, and move them backwards and forwards until they move easily. You may now try the circular movement, as in Fig. 7, which is one of the best methods of enlarging the capacity of the air cells of the lungs. You may strike the palms and wrists together as they pass in front. Every one of these exercises can be done in a bedroom, parlour, or study. Exercise 10.--Stand as before. Bring the arms quickly in front, as high as the shoulders (Fig. 8). Turn the nails upwards, then swing them forcibly backwards, at the same time turning the nails backward. Keep the body perfectly upright. Do this slowly many times. Stretch the arms out as in Fig. 8, and place the palms together, keep the arms at the same level, and bring the hands behind you, and try to make them meet (Fig. 9). This movement ought to be tried night and...show more

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  • Paperback | 58 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 122g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236640454
  • 9781236640451