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The Secret to Women’s Exercise Routine in the 1950’s

You don’t need big bucks to get fit! Women in the 1950’s proved this. Women did not strive to go to the gym to stay fit like we do today, as they walked the kids to school, walked to supermarkets, carried heavy vacuums and other household appliances and many other manual tasks. With our modern technology, women in the 1950’s spent a lot more time on their feet compared to us. All these strenuous duties was one way to get fit!

A 50s woman working hard

Research actually suggests that the average 50’s woman would burn 1000 calories a day, where as the modern woman only burns on average, around 556.

Exercise in the 1950s

In 1953, the first televised program for women’s exercise began. It was nationally televised in 1959, called the Jack LaLanne Show. It mainly consisted of calisthenics.

The Jack LaLanne Exercise Show

In the 50’s a work out consisted of calisthenics, hula hooping, yoga, bike riding or dancing.

  1. Calisthenics

In the early 50’s, calisthenic exercises were published in books. Women would practice these exercises in their homes, often during the day, when alone. Later, classes began so women could attend them and meet friends. They became more popular due to Jack LaLanne’s TV Show.

In modern times, calisthenics is similar to what we call aerobics or pilates. Locate your closest gym and give an aerobics or pilates class a try. It is fun, energetic and a great socialising experience!

Calisthenics became popular in the 50s

2. Hula hooping is a great ab work out, and is really fun. Why not just pick up your kids hula hoop and give it a go, you’ll be surprised at how much fun it is!

Hula Hooping

3. Yoga is seen as a form of relaxation, toning the body, and increasing metabolism. Once control of the body has been completely mastered, the mind is ready for meditation. It was practiced at home, guided by a book.

Nowadays there a plenty of yoga studios you could try, and plenty of online yoga YouTube videos!

Yoga

4. Bike riding is great for exercising and is great for socialising! You could purchase a bicycle to ride around your town. Many councils have installed bicycle tracks around local communities. Alternatively, you could purchase an indoors exercise bike, or use one at your local gym. Exercise bikes still achieve great results, and are convenient in the comfort of your own home!

Bike Riding

5. Dancing in the 50’s was also great exercise… Be it rock ‘n’roll, swing, jitterbug, boogie-woogie or bop! All dancing is a great exercise and a great form of socialising. There are many schools today, that teach 50s dancing:

https://swingpatrol.com/

https://www.swingdancedownunder.org/schools/

https://www.allaboutswing.com.au/

http://simplyswing.com.au/

Try it out, you will love it! I have enrolled in classes to commence soon. I am so excited! I will tell you how I go.

Dancing in the 50s

Maybe we should take a few of these ideas from the 1950’s women and put them into practice in our modern busy lives. I love bike riding, yoga and I am about to learn some rock’n’roll dancing! More of that in my later blogs…

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Ridiculously Retro xx

Reference:
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2176971/1950s-housewives-kept-slim-burning-calories-housework.html

Images: Reference photo, Cleaning image, yoga image from Woman’s World – M.A. White

Retro Advertising……. try not to laugh!

You have to admit that today’s advertising has changed so much when compared to decades earlier. Some retro advertising will make you laugh, some will shock you, some condones violence and some are so sexist. Women really were advertised as second rate citizens and if you didn’t meet the standard or were ageing, they promoted negative thoughts in your mind.

Beauty

Lets start on the beauty advertisements.

These are quite funny. Washing away fat or middle age skin… we know that’s not likely. Also the promotion of putting on extra weight to get men is crazy! How about being happy with who you are. These double standards are ridiculous, yet it’s funny that this is still present in modern society. Celebrities are constantly shamed for being too fat or skinny… I guess some things don’t change!

Health

Then there was the heath advertising …


These are hilarious, don’t you think? First a nurse offering coke, not likely now since we all know the sugar content is so high! Taking bile beans makes you feel better and then you love your child. That’s ridiculous! Doctors advising to smoke cigarettes and pregnant women craving cigarettes….. I definitely don’t think so! What about the infra red light…. now that is definitely not a good idea.


Gift Ideas

Next let’s look at gift advertising!

I can’t believe the one to give your child a revolver. Wow! Let alone any member of the family. I adore retro Gay ware and would love it as a present (even though I have completed my collection) but advertisements back then were aimed at presents to make a good housewife. And Ronald Regan giving the gift of a carton of cigarettes wouldn’t be done today as the government media are supposed to encourage people to give-up.

Sexist

Next let’s look at the shockers that I think can be classified as sexist advertising!

These are unbelievable, right!? The one with the husband spanking his wife over her knee…. well doesn’t that just encourage abuse! Put your child in a corset to restrict her body from growing or she will not be beautiful….really?! So many advertisements outlined how women’s bodies had to be! We are all beautiful and don’t have to fit into one body type, which is what makes us all unique. Advertisements promoted women to achieve ridiculous standards in order to keep their husbands happy… The amount of sexism in these advertisements was so obvious! Seeing these, it is evident how much our advertisements and media industry have evolved.

Did you find these funny and some shocking? What retro advertisements have you seen? Send me photos and your thoughts. I would love to see them.

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Ridiculously Retro xx
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