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Workout 1850s style...
Saturday June 1, 2013
The recent burst of sunshine has led me to dig the summer clothes out of the back of my wardrobe and I have been thinking about getting into shape. The modern gym is a wonderful thing but I am an ordinary mortal. I puff and I pant and I do more than glow. I yearn, sometimes, for a more elegant age. I have been flicking through my copy of “Manly Sports, Exercises and Games” (1852 edition) for inspiration.
(Although, due to my gender, I was never the authors’ intended market still....)
I could invest in a bicycle – “a means of the most healthful and varied enjoyment that the Englishman possesses.”
Except, I live at the bottom of a very steep hill and this machine, even if it is “the acme of mechanical ingenuity”, looks somewhat unstable.
I could find a pole and climb it.
The man in the picture doesn’t make this look very comfortable.
(I wonder about splinters &, besides - is it legal to go about hugging telephone poles?)
Or I could practice swinging very large Indian Clubs.
(I doubt I would have the upper body strength to pick up ones this size, unless they were made of foam.)
Or I could find a sturdy pole and do some pole leaping.
It all looks rather exhausting. I suspect I might find myself in need of some reviving Florida water. Perhaps going to the gym is easier after all.