Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1789-1949 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the
National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress. external link Learn more
Image provided by: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, Urbana, IL
Newspaper Page Text
they take up too much of our
time, which means there are
other things we like to do better.
It is impossible for actresses to
get as much exercise as it is ne
cessary during theirong and ar
duous seasons; consequently, I
have formed a little course of
physical exercises especially for
myself, and they are so dequate
to my needs that I have told them
to many of my friends and now I
am going to tell them to you.
The only principle involved is
Did you ever notice a baby push
its little toes to the farthest ends
possible and raise its hands above
its head? Children are always
stretching, always climbing
about, always making all their
But after we grow older we
become lazy and sometimes cer
tain muscles go for days, weeks,
and even years without being ex
ercised. They get stiff. Here's
how to preven't that:
The first thing when you wake
up in the morning, stretch your
lungs -by taking long, deep
breaths. I am going on the as
sumption that you sleep jwith
your windows wide open. Then
stretch your entire body by
throwing your arms up over your
head and seeing how far you can
push your feet down toward the
Do not do this hastily; work
slowly until you can feel the
blood tingle to your1 toes. Then
jumping out of bed, go to the win
daw and draw three or four deep
breaths, .filling y;our lungs until
they seem ready to burst.
Hold the air while you count
four, and then let it out slowly
through the nose. Now take the
position with one arm in the air
and the other thrown back of you,
bending back and yawning with
your whole might. After you
have done this two or three times,
you may be sure that you have
dislodged any lazy microbe that
may be lurking about in ydur sys
tem. Then'go over to a doorway and
standing with your back to it, rise
on your tip toes; throw your arms
up and see how near you can
come to reaching the top of the
door. Don't be afraid, this will
not hurt you, as you are not try
ing to lift any heavy weights.
When you go to put on your
stockings, push your legs out in
front of you as far as possible.
Work your toes even further, and
when you clasp your CQrsets draw
your abdomen up by taking a long
breath until you have stretched
your bust way out of the corset.
If-you fyid that you cannot do
this easily and sink back with
ease, your corsets are too tight.
Now you are ready for your
"set up." Rise on the balls of
your feet. Take a long breath.
Hold yourself in this position and'
rajse your arms over your head;
let them fall to your sides, and
still holding your poise by stand
ing pn the balls ofjyour feet, walk
to your mirror and stretch your
mouth in a smile!
Just One Last Word You.
Imust stretch jana Keep on stretch
ing. Stretch very muscle Ux