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. 1902 Excerpt: ...Close-fitting habits and long skirts are a great hindrance to women in riding. Swimming.--Swimming increases the respiratory movements and straightens the back. The movements of the limbs are free, but the arms tire before the legs, and the sense of exhaustion is most felt about the shoulder. Arrangements should be made for swimming in connection with every school, and it could be taught in a very small bath. A bath 3ft. 6in. deep, and just wide enough to give the arms free play, and about 18ft. long would serve for teaching children, who could perfect themselves elsewhere. Girls should be taught as well as boys, as it is an exercise which gives a graceful figure and carriage. The water should be warmed to about 70 deg. F., and bathing should not be allowed till about two hours after a full meal, nor when the person is exhausted or chilled. If arriving at the swimming place hot, the bather should plunge in directly, and not cool down first. Children who have suffered from ear discharges should put a piece of cotton wool into the ears before diving. It is better to take several baths during the day than to remain too long, at one time, in the water. It is also dangerous to stand about, except during very hot weather. Fencing, Boxing, And Eowing.--These are all of them very useful exercises, but more suitable to the older young persons than to school children. Eowing should not be attempted when wearing tight corsets, belts, etc., or rupture may result. Cycling--This pastime should not be indulged in by children under nine or ten years of age. Care must be taken that the machine is not too heavy for them; some light ladies' machines are better suited than those made specially for children. The gearing should be low, as the rapid pedalling is much better for t...
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