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Health and BodyBuilding.

(By Physical CulturistH


On this subject W. M. Scott remarks in Good Health (jLondon) :

How can the most be got out of our early morning walk or sprint ? If we can spend only half an hour or an hour at the most, after the day’s work is done, how can we best fill in that time out of doors ? Anyone who has at one time or another supplement his regular “ system of physical culture with a vigorous walk or steady run out in the open air, will have recognised the extent to which his breathing has been quickened and deepened. AN OUTDOOR PRESCRIPTION. Do you wish to dispel a fit of indigestion, break up a cold, or banish a ''fit of the blues ?” Then put on on easy-fitting suit, discarding the waistcoat, which hampers breathing, and get out of doors for a good brisk walk up the highest hill in your neighbourhood. If the vigorous exercise has accelerated the working of the lungs to such a n extent that you find yourself panting, stop, stand erect, and force yourself to take full, deep breaths until your breathing is regular and deep ; then set off again, and do not be content until you have covered at least several miles.

'After a time, when your lungs and ■breathing muscles have got stronger and accustomed to the exercise we have suggested, then you can start off with a run of 300 to 500 yards, endeavouring to breathe regularly the while. It is a good plan when walking briskly, or when running', to see how many steps you can take while inhaling, and again the number while exhaling-. This is a tine training for the lungs and the muscles of the chest and abdomen. Such exercise will bring a healthy hue to the palest face, and a bright expression to the dullest eye. Before starting out with the system suggested, take careful measurements of your chest in the normal state, after yon have forcibly exhaled and also after a full, deep exhalation. Take the same measurements from time to time a s you continue the walking and running, and you will he more than satisfied with the results. CURED OF COX SUMPTION. This is the system which Dr. Herbert Ossig, the young doctor who cured himself of consumption by living in the open air both summer and winter, followed in curing himself of this dread disease to which so many of our young men allow themselves to succumb. Even now he does not think ho has commenced the day fitly unless he has had a run of ten miles before breakfast. TO IMPROVE THE CHEST. Have you a weak, hollow chest, with shallow breathing, or do you already possess a fairly well-develop-ed chest and normal lung capacity—there is still hope "for improvement ; there is no reason for you remaining as yon are ; do not he content with mediocrity ; be up a nd doing, and attain the heights of power. Do you aim at a high position in your profession ? Powerful lungs and the confidence which a healthy, open face with bright eyes and a m a nly bearing inspires, will help you towards that end.

Or perhaps you want to he a hotter representative of diet reform. You cannot understand why your simple living a n'd purer diet do not make a more marked improvement in your looks. You feel your friends would he more easily induced to give the reform diet a trial if you were a better example of its benefits yourself —then give up studying hooks on the latest addition to the already bewildering list of patent, concentrated foods, all guaranteed to mavc "rich red blood, ’’ and get outdoors ami see what the most essential lood, pure oxygen, which is not charged i©r Taj the pound, will 'do for jou.

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Health and Body-Building., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 13, 13 July 1907

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Health and Body-Building. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 13, 13 July 1907

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