Though exercise wasn’t as hyped in the 1940’s as it is today, it was still something that was considered good for you. Interestingly my beauty books don’t mention weight loss when it speaks about the virtues of moving your body, though it does say that exercise will keep your body trim. It put much more stress on the joy of being able to control your movements and to feel liberated in your body as well as promoting your health and vitality.
The advice is to do your exercise every morning for 15 minutes- get up a little earlier to find the time. The kind of exercise is what the book call gymnastics, but we probably would call aerobics. Start slowly if you are new to it and gradually build up your strength, but do try work hard enough to feel completely warm. Keep you posture throughout and don’t forget to breathe properly. Be very careful when you stretch out your muscles! Do your exercise in front of an open window, of, if possible, outside.
After your morning exercise you need to finish with a shower. First hot, then cold and after that soaping up. Rinse with tepid, then cold water and finish with brushing you whole body with as hard a brush that you can stand. Dry yourself vigorously and you will feel energized and ready for the day.
These 15 minutes are to be combined with a daily walk, but if the weather doesn’t permit that, then add some more indoor activity, namely skipping ropes, at least 100-200 skips.
I’m not the sporty type and my idea of exercise seems to be quite well interpreted in the picture of Joan Crawford below. I detest going to gym and I feel bored very quickly, but 15 minutes a day does seem very doable, doesn’t it? Having a dog means daily walks, but I know I would benefit for moving a bit more. I think I shall take the advice from my old book and add some aerobics to my everyday routine.
(Picture sources: Joan Crawford and Janis Paige was found at A Certain Cinema. The pin up at Ebay and the exercising ladies at Fashion Police.)