19-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Wednesday, June 3, 1914: Nothing doing.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
You seem so bored. I really hate to suggest it because you do so much hard physical labor—but maybe you’d feel a little better if you did a few exercises.
Here are the directions in a hundred-year-old book for doing Side Bend Exercises—though the book calls them Lateral Trunk and Waist Exercises (Good grief—that’s a mouthful. I wonder if that’s what people actually called this exercise back then.)
Lateral Trunk and Waist Exercises (Figs. 49, 50)
First Position—Stand with the feet nearly together and the arms extended above the head; the arms are relaxed at the wrists and elbows, so that a slightly curved line is formed as is shown in the figure. First sway to the left, bending at the waist line as far as possible, and return to the original position.
Second Position—The attitude is the same as in the first position; sway to the right in the same manner.
These exercises strengthen the muscles on the sides of the abdomen and the lower part of the back , and are an excellent means to reduce the size of the waist in case of corpulency.
Personal Hygiene and Physical Training for Women (1911) by Anna M. Galbraith
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