Music and Friends; Or, Pleasant Recollections of a Dilettante Volume 3

Music and Friends; Or, Pleasant Recollections of a Dilettante Volume 3

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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. 1853 edition. Excerpt: ...extreme; generating a feebleness of body in which numberless diseases take root, and prove a dire infliction upon mankind. After this speculation upon our origin and wellbeing in the world, I will go to my subject, "The Use of Exercise." My father was remarkable for his lightness of step at the age of ninety-four. He was regular in taking his walking exercise every day--sometimes twice a day. In approaching a similar age I look back upon many of his actions as a guide, and have scrupulously adopted his habits. In summer time I walk before breakfast, as I dine in the middle of the day, and again I enjoy a ramble in the evening, after tea. In the winter, I avail myself of the prime of the day. A little rain never stops me; if I am caught, I accelerate my pace, and return with a slight perspiration, instantly changing my dress for dinner; hence, I never take cold. The best pace is that which accords with the motion of the pulse--if you hurry beyond that, you are sooner fatigued. My pulse seldom varies from sixty to sixty-four--what Handel terms Tempo Ordinario, or Common Time--that is my natural pace. If you walk slow you may walk all day. I never walk with a stick. Anything carried in the hand destroys the erect position of the body, and interrupts the swing of the arms. The arms are pendulums, which act like the fly-wheel in machinery, to steady the motion. In my walks I prefer undulating fields to a plain road. If windy I meet it, and return home with the wind at my back. Walk once a day, and you will never have occasion for a doctor and his calomel. I may with propriety conclude with the striking remarks of Dr. Uwins upon Exercise, which occur in a work he wrote upon Mental Diseases. He says: --"I urge upon all, and more

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  • English
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