Susan Hayward, Peppy Motion Picture Star, Tells How She Breaks Up Tension And Keeps Fit; You Can Do Likewise.
"How to beat fatique is what we want to know today. From now on, any moviestar I tell you about must be able to help out with some suggestion for fitness. Beauty secrets are not enough.
Susan Hayward, peppy Paramount redhead, has a tension breaker that is worth knowing these trying days. Next time you feel the nervous jitters coming on, try it:
Start with your toes and try to wriggle each one separately. Then swivel on your ankles. Rotate your knees, hips, shoulders and neck. Do all this loosely, with the least possible effort. It will calm you right down.
Susan also has some figure fixers worth knowing! If I were nominating the gal with the cutest figure in Hollywood, or anywhere, I think it might be Susan. She is 5 ft 3 inches tall, weighs 112 pounds, and the distribution is perfect - bust, 35 inches; hips, 34 inches; waist, 24 inches.
You can't have that kind of figure without muscle tone and flexibility. Susan is so flexible she can tuck her leg back of her head. You try and do it! But she has some less difficult ones. She suggest a five-minute daily workout that is all the exercise you need for keeping fit!
1. Lie on your back, full length on the floor, and come up to sitting position, then reach over and touch your fingers to your toes. Try to lower yourself backward without letting your feet come off the floor. Repeat 10 times.
2. Detach the handle of your carpet sweeper and use it as a wand. Stand on knees on the floor, wand overhead, and stretch from your kneecaps. Pull up with all your muscles. Hold the up-stretch and do a side-bend. Try to touch the end of the wand to the floor at the side, Don't let your hips jut out in back. Come back to starting position and repeat in opposite direction. As a third part of the exercise, hold your hips squarely to front and twist, first to one side, then to the other. It will be easier to do this if you hold the wand in the crook of the elbows, back of your shoulders.
3. Finally, to slim the hips, kick! Forward and backward kicking slims the hips, and side-to-side leg swinging tones and firms the thigh muscles. Susan prefers to stack a couple of wastebaskets one on top of the other, to kick over. Swing the leg up and over the wastebaskets without touching foot to floor, then back again. Repeat 20 times with one leg, then with other.
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