Keeping Fit All the Way eBook

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[Illustration 12.  Wave.

In the “Wave” the tendency is to go too far forward and not far enough back, the result being an unsymmetrical motion.  It is very easy to go forward, but more difficult to make the motion to the side and back.  Care should be taken that the arms are kept squarely against the ears.  The motion should be like waving the mast of a ship, the hips representing the deck and the trunk, head, and arms up to the top of the hands, the mast.]

The body should be forward at “One,” to the right at “Two,” backward at “Three,” and to the left at “Four.”  The motion should be steady and not in jerks.

At “Reverse” the same movement should be repeated in the opposite direction—­i.e. to the left.

As the movement is completed for the fifteenth time the body should be brought to an erect position, stretching the arms up as far as possible; and at “Rest” the arms should drop slowly, laterally, to a “Hands” position.  Five circles should be described in each direction.

In the “Wave” the tendency is to go too far forward, and not far enough back, the result being an unsymmetrical motion.  It is very easy to go forward, but more difficult to make the motion to the side and back.  Care should be taken that the arms are kept squarely against the ears.  The motion should be like waving the mast of a ship, the hips representing the deck, while the trunk, head, and arms up to the top of the hands, represent the mast.  This movement, like the others, should not be extreme at first, but gradually increased after a week or so.

Weave:  (The order is “Weave.  Ready—­Cross.  Weave!”) Assume the “Cross” position.  In this movement, at “Cross” the feet are spread until the heels are about twelve inches apart.  The left foot remains stationary, the right foot being moved to accomplish this.  On a count of “One, two, three, four” the body is turned to the left from the hips, the arms maintaining the same relation to the shoulders as at “Cross,” until at “One” the face is to the left, the right arm pointing straight forward (in relation to the feet) and the left arm straight backward. (See Fig. 13.)

[Illustration:  Fig. 13.—­Weave, first position]

At “Two” the body is bent from the waist so that the right arm goes down and the left up; and at “Three” the fingers of the right hand touch the ground midway between the feet.  The left arm should then be pointing straight up, with the face still to the left.  The right knee must be slightly bent to accomplish this position. (See Fig. 14.)

[Illustration:  Fig. 14.—­Weave

In the “Weave” care should be taken that the arms and shoulders are kept in one line.  The turn begins with the arms horizontal until they are nearly at right angles to the “Cross” position.  Then the knee commences to bend and the body bends at the trunk, the hip turning in until the finger tips touch the floor.  At that time the arms and shoulders should still be in the same relative position as at the start—­namely, in “Cross” position.]

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