By now many, if not all, of the readers of the geneaBlogs are familiar with Terry Thornton of Hill Country's articles on "My Attempt To Become Unfat." So I thought I would give Terry a few ideas from The Fountain of Youth, physical culture, circa 1904.
If one had a teacher and has regular instructions, one is likely to keep at the work of physical development, whatever it may be.
There are a number of home exercising apparatuses that have been devised, but they offer little advantage over the exercises without apparatus.
The practice of dumb-bells and Indian clubs of varying weights has gone rather out of fashion, as it has been demonstrated that as good results can be attained without them, when the tension or contraction of the muscles is attained through voluntary exertion in what are called "resistance" exercises.
The practise of fencing has been taken up by many in recent years as a means of physical culture. It has some advantages over the more ordinary exercises, in that it gives those who acquire skill in it a dexterity and quickness of movement that would be difficult to attain in any other way, except probably by sword practise, and it trains the eye as well.
It would require many illustrations to show the changes of position in salute, defense and attack, and to render apparent the spring and agility required in their practice, but fencing is highly recommended to those who have the opportunity of learning this fascinating pastime, which carries with it the flavor of other days on the quaint French names by which its different movements are still known.
as I'm not sure there'd be a recovery!
The Delineator. New York: Butterick Publishing, September 1904.