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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 05, 1914, LAST EDITION, Image 13

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REMAKING CRIPPLED GIRL INTO GREAT
ATHLETE HER FIGHT FOR HEALTH
being the bar and the platform L for
the punching bag.
Three times a week she spends an
hour in the salt water pool of a near
by bath. On these days there is no
gymnasium workout, care being ex
ercised by her father and myself that
her training is not too arduous. Dor
othy is still a growing girl, and one
must be careful not to overtax the
growing girl.
This is one of the dangers parents
who supervise the physical culture
of their girls should be very careful
about. Complete exhaustion must be
avoided, only a healthy tiredness be
ing permitted from day to day.
Physical culture should be gauged
according to the girl's strength,
which will be found to fluctuate con
siderably from day to day, especially
at the beginning. Som'e days Dorothy
may exercise several hours, on oth
ers scarcely at all. But the open-air
breathing period is never neglected.
r I massage Dorpthy every night, ac
cording to a method learned by ob
serving a professional masseur at
work. This I regard as important,
especially is grace and litheness are
to be acquired as well as strength.
Let me not give the impression
that Dorothy is wholly a physical
culture devotee. Far from it She
helps me with the housework, makes
her own dresses, cooks excellently,
draws and paints pictures, uses a
typewriter expertly, finds time to
train her pet canaries, and has her so
cial diversions just like any ordinary
girl. She is not lop-sided in her ac
complishments. Outdoor sports have done more
than save my girl's life and make
her an expert swimmer, They have
made of that life a leaven of joy and
an inspiration to everyone with
whom she comes in contact.
BY MRS. LILLIAN D. BECKER.
Article No. 3.
No girl craving perfect health can
neglect the important matter of prop
erly breathing fresh air.
Every morning before breakfast
Dorothy climbs to the roof of our
apartment and for 15 minutes de
votes herself to deep-breathing ex
ercises to increase the lung ca
pacity, to' stimulate circulation and to
keep the complexion clear.
The inhalations are alternately
directed to the lower and the upper
lung cavities; diaphram and high
chest breathing.
Then come breakfast. And after
that exhilarating lung bath of fresh
air she is properly hungry. The sys
tem has been thoroughly awakened.
There is no special diet, save the
avoidance of sweets, which shorten
the "wind," and the avoidance of acid
foods prior to taking a swim. In this
connection we have followed the pre
cept of the Hawaiians, a great
aquatic people, who say acids incline
to cramps if eaten soon before enter
ing the water.
Dorothy does not drink coffee, tea,
cocoa or any form of liquid with her
meals, since they only retard diges
tion. She gets nine hours' unbroken
sleep. No staying up late at night to
wreck the constitution and under
mine what she has so patiently
built up.
You see it is all so extremely sim
ple. No secret or mysterious short
cut to health. Merely the routine of
plain living and physical exercise, di
verse enough to strengthen and de
velop all the muscles evenly.
We have converted our apartment
house basement into a sort of crude
gymnasium where Dorothy can per
form her horizontal bar work, punch
the bag, swing the clubs and -fence
and box. It was done at almost no
expense, the only permanent fixtures
FOR DISCOURAGED GIRLS
"Discouragement will come upon

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