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The Secret to Womenโ€™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

DIY into Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman is the most famous heroine of all time. Wonder Woman was known as Diana Prince and was created in 1941 and published on DC comics. She has super human strength and speed, also a bullet proof bracelet and a golden lasso of truth. She would spin to change her image to Wonder Woman. Her mission was to promote peace.

Early Image of Wonder Woman

Lynda Carter played Diana Prince, in the Wonder Woman series from November 1975 to September 1979. This TV version is what most people recognise as Wonder Woman. Lynda Carter’s performance portrayed the characters goodness.

Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman

Over the years, the franchise of Wonder Woman was portrayed in comics, tv series and movies. There are dolls of Wonder Woman, as well as clothing.

My Wonder Woman Doll

I brought some jeans and a denim jacket and wanted to change them so I brought some Wonder Woman fabric from spotlight.

Denim jacket, jeans and Wonder Woman fabric

Wonder Woman fabric from Spotlight

Steps:

  1. Firstly I turned the jeans into capris to get the rockabilly look
  2. Then I cut out and pinned the fabric onto the jacket and hemmed the edges of the fabric. I chose to put a panel on the back of the jacket and 2 smaller ones on the top panels on the front of the jacket

3. Sew the material onto the jacket. Sew it slowly to make sure it is perfect.

4. Next pin the fabric onto the jeans. I did 2 panels to cover the back 2 pockets and 2 panels to cover the front 2 pockets, hemming the fabric under as I pinned it.

5. Slowly sew the panels onto the jeans

6. With the excess material I also made a 50s skirt, I will have a future blog showing step by step how to make a 50s skirt.

7. There was still excess material so I made a head band. I will also do a future blog showing step by step on how to make a headband.

Finished products

Top: Front and back of denim jacket

Middle: Front and back of jeans

Bottom: 50s skirt and headband

Have you ever revamped an outfit. I would love to see it! Send me photos of your revamped outfit.

Featured Image

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International Womenโ€™s Day

Women can do it

International Women’s Day is a celebration of…

  • Women
  • Girls
  • Anti-sexism
  • Anti- discrimination
  • Rights of females
  • Power of females
  • Friendships

The first Women’s Day was celebrated in New York on 28/02/1909, bit Ut was the International Women’s Conference in 1910, decided it should be celebrated on March 8th.

International Women’s Day

After women gained suffrage in Soviet Russia in 1917, it became a national holiday. The day was celebrated by the Socialist movement and Communist countries. It was adopted in 1975 by the United Nations.

International Women’s Day is about many issues:

  • Gender Equality
  • Equal Opportunities
  • Stopping Violence against Women
  • Equal Pay
  • Equal access to education
  • Empowering Women
  • Transforming Women’s Lives

Fighting for Women’s natural human rights should be the intention of every woman. All females should be united.

vintage image of the future of women

All women are equal!

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