Physical Culture Volume 23

Physical Culture Volume 23

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1910 edition. Excerpt: ...I do not literally mean that organ which is known as the stomach, though, of course, the various exercises given here will have a very material effect upon this particular organ. What I especially mean is the strengthening of the part of the body known to the laity as the stomach. One might say that the spinal column maintains the same relation to the body as the trunk of the tree does to its various limbs. The strength of the tree trunk really represents the strength of the tree. In a number of lessons I have presented in this publication I have called attention to the very great importance of spinal strength. I cannot say that the strength of the muscles of the abdominal region, known as the stomach, is as important as the strength of the spine. Nevertheless, a strong stomach, that is, the muscles of the stomach and the exterior walls of what is known to be the stomach, is of very great importance to the enjoyment of superb health. Remember also that it is the weakness of these abdominal walls that makes possible rupture, a very inconvenient and weakening defect. It is weakening because, to a large extent, it interferes with the proper activity of the body. If you are ruptured you are naturally afraid to make vigorous efforts of any kind. Consequently the body suffers because of this particular attitude. The various exercises which I am giving you in the chart which accompanies this article will very greatly strengthen the front part of the body from the limbs to the lower part of the chest. Those broad flat muscles that lie over and protect the abdominal contents are brought into very active use by the various exercises that I am illustrating. If there is a weakness in this part of the body by all means take the opportunity I am...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 20mm | 676g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123699082X
  • 9781236990822