L. E. MYERS ON TRAINING.
He says to commence work in this way: "The first thing you must attend to is your stomach. If you commence violent exercise without taking some kind of an opening medicine, you will most certainly be sick from it. I should advise as a purgative either rhubarb or podophylm, to be followed two days later with about half a bottle of citrate of magnesia. On the third day commence gentle exercise, and be sure you have on plenty of clothing, or else a cold will be the result. In fact this is the period at which you will certainly catch cold unless you are very careful. Do not in any event try to run fast for the first three or four days. I find it best to merely prance about the first week, practicing style and gracefulness. If you are a very heavy, fleshy man, do not commence by loading yourself down with sweaters and trotting a long distance. Your muscles at this stage will not be hard enough to stand the strain, and if you try this you will be sore and stiff for at least a week. If you are as I say, corpulent, take Turkish baths and long walks for about a week or ten days, by which time you will be ready to begin work. When a person strips for the first time in the season, he naturally feels light and strong, and equal to almost anything. If you allow this feeling to carry you away and do too much you will be thrown back in your work. How often have I heard men remark after the first day's exercise, "I can hardly walk upstairs; I'm sore all over; I don't think I'll strip again for a month." etc. It is during these "first days" that sprains, strains and sick stomachs occur.