The Woman of Forty
Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.
Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC
By: Edith Belle Lowry
Excerpt from book: CHAPTER III HER EXERCISE AND RECREATION The best exercise for the woman of forty is not something that lays another burden upon her, but something that will add to her joy in life. The average woman of forty needs an outside interest more than she needs rolling exercises. She needs association with youth and a youthful joy in living. Exercise should be looked upon not so much as something good and healthful but as something that will restore the needed balance to life by making life once more enjoyable. When exercise is a conscious physical effort it defeats its own ends. Exercise taken as a duty will not bring the same benefit as the same movements gone through in play. Exercise for the middle-aged should be something that will break up the regular routine of life, something that will have a pleasurable anticipation. It should not involve violent movements orprolonged and exhausting muscular strain, neither should it be continued to the point of fatigue. All work produces fatigue poisons. In the normal individual, these are balanced by the reproduction of new cells. If the production of fatigue poisons exceeds the recuperative powers of the individual the general health declines. There is a limit to the amount of work that any person can do without harm to himself. What this is depends upon the individual. It is reasonable to expect that a brawny six footer could do more physical labor than a slender youth barely five feet tall. The slender youth may be able to do more mental work, for he may be an intellectual giant. The natural abilities of a person should be considered in the selection of any work and then the man, or woman, should not overdo. If one must work beyond normal limits at times, she should try to save herself every other unnecessary expenditure of vita...