My system: 15 minutes' work a day for health's sake

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Very much interested in trying these straight-forward, common-sense exercises. His ideas seem at once very modern and sometimes a bit antiquated (the explanation of how to bathe and towel off, for example.) Absolutely worth a read.

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Page 14 - ... are antiquated and effete, they have no right, like megatheria of old, to hover about in the strata in which we live. We are ready to give them a place of honour in our museums, but we cannot allow ourselves to be swayed by them any longer. This may seem a harsh judgment especially as coming from one who has devoted the best years of his life to the publication of the Rig-Veda, and who certainly has never regretted having done so, as little as he would regret having been the first to unearth...
Page 46 - ... cause of this unusual mortality in a water-supply contaminated by washings or soakings from cess-pits or other receptacles for the evacuations of the bowels of more or less diseased human beings. Direct experiment has proved that in a light porous soil a well eighty fee.t deep will drain a mass of soil in the shape of an inverted cone, the apex of which is at the bottom of the well, and the base of which has a diameter of two hundred feet, or more than twice the depth of the well. Hence, if,...
Page 71 - ... body back into its upright position and straightening the right leg, slide your palms up the outer side of the left thigh, hip, and half up the side of the body, and then across the front ; while the left hand is stroking the front of the body sideways, the right is doing the same over the diaphragm. Then take both hands away and slap them smartly down on the outer side of the right leg, the upper part of the body leaning to the right and the left knee being bent, whereupon the whole movement...
Page 71 - Then, while bringing the body back into its upright position and straightening the right leg, slide your palms up the outer side of the left thigh, hip and half up the side of the body, and thence across the front; while the left hand is stroking or rubbing the "stomach...
Page 17 - In the first place, I would reply: The loose dirt which comes from without is perhaps blacker, but is not so dangerous as the dirt, consisting of waste matter and poisonous substances, which is given off through the skin in much larger quantities than most people think, and which can be partially absorbed again to poison the body, if it be not removed every day. As a proof of the facility with which substances from without can penetrate through the skin to the internal organs, let me mention that...
Page 8 - ... corset and with a parasol, filling themselves every day with strong drink and too rich and indigestible food, and inhaling and absorbing into their blood, day and night, poisonous gases which they, and others in the same room, have exhaled and exuded. Many others fall ill through sins of omission. He who does not take care of his body, neglects it, and thereby sins against Nature; she knows no forgiveness of sins, but revenges Herself with mathematical certainty.
Page 57 - ... commence by raising the body from the "forward-bending" position without turning round, thus always waiting to turn until the body has regained its upright posture. If there be any feeling of tiredness in the arms or shoulders, drop the arms each time you turn. Exercise No. 8. Alternate bending and straightening of the arms, lying face down•wards, the weight resting on the hands and toes.
Page 19 - ... night. If not, they must be performed in an adjoining room, the window and the door of which have been open during the night. I can however hardly believe that anyone who takes the least interest in his or her health would sleep without giving free circulation to the fresh air through open windows. My two little boys are bigger and healthier than any other children of the same age that I have seen.

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