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. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ...the exercise of large groups of muscles. This is accomplished to a large extent by walking, particularly by walking as rapidly as ...
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. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ...the exercise of large groups of muscles. This is accomplished to a large extent by walking, particularly by walking as rapidly as four miles in the hour. When much exercise at this rate seems inadvisable, the same result can be attained by interrupting the walk with frequent rests. This point has been discussed under the head of dosage. The agitation of the body at every step tends directly to stimulate the functions of all the abdominal organs. In this respect, walking far excels bicycling, in which the body is relatively motionless being supported on the tuberosities of the ischium. When the patient can utilize the advantages of a hill, walking can be made even more effective than on the level. There is no better or quicker way of modifying the great organic functions of respiration, circulation, and digestion than by walking up a grade. This should be done with frequent rests in order to prevent embarrassment of the cardiac or pulmonary systems; but for reasons already discussed under dosage it is important that the exercise be sufficient to call for steady, conscious effort. The effects of running differ from those of walking somewhat in kind, but even more in degree. In running at any ordinary rate of CALISTHENICS 31 speed the leg does not have to be pulled forward at each stride; and, on the other hand, the up-and-down motion of the body is greater in running than in walking; thus, the effect upon the abdominal organs is greater, the energy expended is greater, and the effect upon the general system is more marked. The increased activity of the diaphragm also stimulates the circulation of blood in the abdominal organs. Running should not be pursued to the point of circulatory or respiratory embarrassment, not only because of the effect upon...
Good Only. Ex-Library Cover has light wear/marks; faint stain along bottom edge of cover and pages. RARE copy of this early 20th century work on physical education by muscular exercise, based on a lecture course on the Philosophy of Exercise, the subject-matter of which appeared in the "YMCA Athletic League Letter" in 1899-1900. Chapter I is on exercise and development, and Chapter II is on "Materia Gymnastica; sports and games; systems of gymnastics". Illustrated.
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