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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Seven Minutes a Day!

Excerpt from "Mirror, Mirror, the Book by Gayelord Hauser


Give Yourself Seven Minutes A Day


Now here is some more cheerful news about exercise: it does not have to be a long, complicated, strenuous routine. All the women - and men, too - who have told me how the successfully made exercise a part of their lives have confirmed my own experience. A few well-chosen, basic, simple exercises make the best routine. they can be gone through in a few minutes as part of the getting up, bathing and dressing ritual that begins your day. I have studied countless exercise routines, American, European and Oriental, for every country has its favorites. The best ones have been developed out of natural body movements and do not demand a contortionist's or an acrobat's abilities. 

 Let me give you here my seven basic exercises. You can do them well and thoroughly in no more than seven minutes of your day, and they will keep you trim and fit all your life. Remember, we not only exercise to keep slim; we exercise because it helps us to feel so much better and it keeps our "instrument" in tune: 


Stretch: Rise up on your toes, arms up, with your hands try to touch the ceiling. Drop arms. Relax. Do ten times. 

Bend: Down, down, from the waist, hands reaching for the floor. Stretch, stretch, until you can touch the floor with the palms of your hands. the best vitalizing and backache exercise. Do ten times. 

Torso Stretch and Twist: With arms outstretched to the sides, reach to the left, to the right; twist at the waist and reach backward to the left and to the right. A wonderful and easy twist for keeping waistlines. Back and forth. Do ten times. 

Hip Roll: With hands on hips, rotate the middle, holding shoulders still, first to the left, then to the right. Do ten times slowly in each direction. Bicycle:

For beautiful legs, lie on the floor on your back, legs up, pedal slowly and rhythmically. The more you breathe the better it feels. Do for two minutes and relax.

Tummy Lift: Pull your abdominal muscles in, hard, harder. Hold tight for about 30 seconds or until muscles start to quiver, then relax. Do just once a day, but regularly. 

Shoulder Shrug: Important for neck, face and scalp. Lift the shoulders to the ears and hold for ten seconds. Relax a repeat ten times. 

Now shake yourself all over, take a few breaths, and off to your shower or tub. You have done your muscle work for the day. Any other exercise, sport or physical work you do will be so much gravy. Try and make these easy and lazy twists a daily habit. 

~~Gayelord Hauser, 1895-1984

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