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Health and Body Building.

(By Physical Guitarist).,

In my last notes I dealt with the subject of “Personal Magnetism,” and in this article I purpose referring to certain physical exercises for muscular development, and which. will help to make and store magnetism. It is of little use taking these' muscular exercises unless deep breathing is practised at the same time. By combining the two the brain is strengthened and developed, and so are the nerves. Now for the exercises. Stand erect, take your dumbrbells and place your hands to your sides, then begin to inhale a long deep breath gently, sand as you inhale slowly lift your arms above your head till the dumbbells clash. ... Count five, mentally, holding your breath the while, then slowly return your arms to your side, exhaling the breath as you go. Repeat this twenty times, but remember, very little benefit will accrue if you forget the breathing and attend only to the exorcises. This breathing and muscular exercise tends to strengthen the lungs and chest, and. simple as it may appear, is very valuable. Thus is how to store magnetism for use. At the close of each spell of exercise, draw the breath in as directed before. Then, as you breath, slowly stretch one arm at a time straight before you, clenching the hand (without chimb-bells) until every muscle is tense and rigid ; relax each arm separately ; then repeat with both arms, making both tense and rigid. Now. make each leg, the trunk and backbone and the neck equally stiff, holding your breath meanwhile ; then as you exhale let every part of your body relax, so that you are limp ; fet your arms sink to your side, your neck and body give way ; let go everything. be limp as a rag, and so rest. It is not easy, this relaxing process. You want to relax the brain, too. for, otherwise-, it contains its hold on the muscles and sinews, and in sipite of your efforts they remain strained and tense. Practice an arm at a. time ; let the fingers hang loose and helpless, then the waist, and so on, until the entire organism is at your control. Put when you TENSE vour muscles, make them rigid. INHALE THE BREATH. When you relax vour muscles. EXHALE YOl-R BREATH. The next exercise is as follows : Stand erect, empty your lungs, and holding your hands to your sides, gradually sink down into the position of sitting on your heels ; then slowly bring your arms to a horizontal position in front ; slowly inhale, rising easily and gracefully on tip-toe, throwing the arms badk as if swimming, and gradually sinkingback on to your heels as before. Repeat this twenty or thirty times. It is just grand. The blood tingles and courses through the body, and as the blood courses so the magnetism courses through every vein. It is one of the most important exercises, for every muscle is called into play. 1 The last exercise is as follows : Stand erect, inhale , then, without bending the knee, bend over until your fingers touch the floor ; exhale as you arise to an erect position ; then, slowly inhaling, bend in similar manner to the left side, exhale as you come up ; and, inhaling ag’ain, slowly bond to the right. I may remark, in concluding this article, that the flexing of the body and muscles gives rest, the tensing of the muscles charges them with magnetism. This magnetism courses through the blood, and is distributed evenly to every part of the body, there to be stored and kept for use, unless wasted by jerky actions, anger, irritability, sudden starts, fidgety ways, worry, and generally all actions or conduct which are borne of a lack of self control. In my next notes I will give exercises and methods of treatment which are specially adapted, and have proved themselves of undoubted curative value in certain ailments.

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Health and Body Building., Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 51, 23 March 1907

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Health and Body Building. Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 51, 23 March 1907

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