Vintage Beauty: Exercises

Today I’m sharing with you what I’ve been calling my “Pin-Up Work Out Routine”.  For many years I struggled on a very severe level with body image issues.  This past has made me tentative about working out, since I fear falling back into a state I care not to revisit.  Additionally, many of the work outs illustrated in contemporary magazines and practiced in today’s gyms produce super trim bodies that I do not find attractive, and also would work against wearing vintage clothing.  Let’s face it, the 1940s and 1950s encouraged a shapely figure for women, while today, it seems women encouraged to have no curves to speak of.  This is why I found these pages so interesting and helpful.  Not only do they keep me simply fit, but they would also support the figure that I desire.

These pages come from the same book that many other of my vintage beauty tips have come from, Ern and Bud Westmore’s Beauty, Glamour and Personality from 1947.

I enjoy doing the following exercises to fun and upbeat music, especially big band or numbers from the Brian Setzer Orchestra.

In addition to these pages, I also hula hoop.  While I can’t do anything fancy, the traditional hula hooping is a great work out as well, burning 60-100 calories in just ten minutes time, while also increasing your back’s flexibility.  I also enjoy it because you can read or watch television while hula hooping!

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