This section of the book is from "Fasting, Hydropathy and Exercise", by Bernarr MacFadden.
Exercise No. 11. Reclining and rasing left leg as high as possible, with knee straight, and repeat same with right leg.
Exercise No. 12. Standing, hands on hips, circulatory body exercise, swaying body in circular manner right, left, back and forward.
Exercise No. 10 will relieve the feeling of oppression in abdominal congestions and various gastric troubles. May be prescribed to advantage during the spasms following the paroxysm of a congestive chill. "Artificial respiration," as physicians call it, may be effected by moving the arms in a similar manner, as for the revival of half-drowned persons.
Exercise No. 11 is a modification of No. 2 in cases where patient is unable to turn over on his side. Will react on the muscles of the hips and spine and benefit invalids incapable of any other exercise.
Exercise No. 12 is a movement tending to stimulate the action of the intestines, and helping to prevent derangements of the digestive process. Has been tested in seasickness with results that have been explained by the conjecture that it counteracts the anti-peristaltii movements of the bowelsin plainer words the tendency of the ingesta to revert towards the stomach. Sailors becoming conscious of a qualmish feeling about the region of the digestive apparatus, start for the rigging to "work it off," and succeed better it would seem, than experimenters with Dr. Mackenzie's chemical bowel-regulator.
Exercise No. 13. Reclining, hands grasping something back of bead, raising both feet to vertical position.
Exercise No. 14. Reclining on stomach, raising left leg with knee straight, as high as possible; same with right.
Exercise No 15. Reclining on stomach, grasping dumb bells in hand, raising arms from hanging position to position illustrated
Exercise No 16 and 17. Reclining, arms hanging, raising bells upward and outward from the body, level with shoulders Reversing that motion by bringing bells from position Illustrated in No 15 to position on level with the shoulders, as illustrated in No 16
Exercise No. 18. Reclining on back and raising body to sitting position, as per illustration.
Exercise No. 13 is a severe test of the abdominal muscles, but of great benefit to invalids who are temporarily incapacitated from pedestrian exercise, as by injuries to the foot or flexor sinews. May be continued, with long pauses, for a quarter of an hour at a time, twice or three times a day.
Exercise No. 14 is about the best movement to bring relief from the vigor of sinews strained by weight-lifting, or stiffened by long-continued inactivity, as in the case of bedridden invalids.
Exercise No. 15 will strengthen the muscles of the neck and shoulder and might often exceed the efficacy of local application in breaking the spell of tetanus, or "lockjaw." The premonitory symptoms of that mysterious disorder are frequently attended with a feeling of soreness about the very muscles which this form of dumbbell exercise tends to invigorate. "Keep moving your arms, keep moving your arms," was Dr. Benjamin Rush's constant advice to sufferers from injuries that began to threaten tetanic complications.
Exercises Nos. 16 and 17 are modifications of the foregoing, and the best "vivacious exercise" for invalids temporarily deprived of the use of their lower extremities. Soldiers with their shoulder-joints cramped by the straps of a heavy knapsack and with their arms hanging idle, can be kept in a fair state of health by pedestrian exercise alone, and, vice versa, the total inactivity of the lower motive organs may be compensated by a persistent use of dumb-bells in the manner described in the two last paragraphs.
Exercise No. 18 is a movement cure for invalids, but also a first-class aid to digestion under circumstances making other forms of exercise unavailable. It is a last resort kind of motion cure and affords a fair chance to test the difference between the simplest sort of exercise and no exercise at all.