Beecher, Catharine, Physiology and Calisthenics. For Schools and Families, New York: Harper & Brothers, 1856.
Beecher, Catharine E., Calistenic Exercises, For Schools, Families, and Health Establishments, New York: Harper & Brothers, 1856.
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Exercise increases the size and strength of bones. Exercise will allow the muscles of the body to attain their full size & strength.
Exercise promotes health & perfect development of body. Also treats headaches, dyspepsia, nervous diseases, lung & liver complaints, local diseases & weakness & a great variety of deformities.
Beecher, Physiology, 79, 81.
Gymnastics gives fullness & strength to the muscles, increasing their force, flexibility & dexterity of movement, opens the chest, increasing size & action of the lungs, removes excess fat, increases the circulation of the blood in the skin, influences the organs of digestion.
Beecher, Calisthenics, iiv-iv.