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Special Exercises for Women
W HEN you meet a woman her carriage is the first charac­teristic that impresses you. If it is upright, buoyant, and graceful, the chances are ten to one she will impress you as being a pretty woman, whether her face is beautiful or not. Nine-tenths of the reigning beauties of to-day owe their eleva­tion more to proper and graceful carriage than to mere beauty of features.
Good carriage will to a large extent hide any defect of form. The women of the stage, credited with being the possessors of Venus-like forms, owe their position in popular estimation to the great attention they pay to carriage. If any woman can stand properly, hold her body properly poised, and walk grace­fully, she will certainly be set down as a pretty and well-formed woman, wherever she goes.
Proper carriage, the physiologist will tell you, is impossible without proper muscular development. And so it is; yet, a long stride has been taken when a woman decides to make an effort to stand and walk naturally. When the attempt is first made, if improper methods have been habitually employed, it will quickly tire you; but persistence, and a brief period de­voted to practice of the movements shown herewith, will make it easy.
Figure 1 shows the right way to stand. The weight should be evenly distributed on the ball and heel of the foot; the limbs should be held straight, and slightly—very slightly—in­clined forward from the perpendicular; the abdomen should be held in; the bust should form a graceful curve from waist to neck; the spine should be perpendicular; the shoulders
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