Marilyn Monroe’s Diet and Exercise
The late Hollywood icon, Marilyn Monroe was ahead of her time when it came to diet and exercise. She did not exercise to exhaustion or diet to starvation. (At least not in the beginning of her career.)
According to an article “How I Stay in Shape,” in the September 1952 issue of Pageant Magazine, Ms. Monroe ate a high protein diet and lifted weights. Breakfast was usually a cup of hot milk with two raw eggs mixed in. She also took a multi vitamin (but did not mention what brand or what dosage.) Dinner was usually steak, liver or lamb chops, usually broiled in an electric oven. Marilyn also enjoyed carrots sticks and sometimes stopping off at “Will Wright’s ice cream parlor for a hot fudge sundae” on her way home from evening drama classes.
The famous actress’ exercise routine was a minimum 10 minutes of light weights every morning, consisting mostly of “lifting five-pound weights from a spread-eagle arm position to a point directly above my head (like chest flys) …15 times slowly.” She repeated the exercise overhead (eg. Lateral shoulder raises.) Then, interestingly, she held the hand weights at 45-degree angles from the floor and moved the weights in circles until she was tired. This last exercise was similar to one of the standing Pilates exercises with small weights. Ms. Monroe also mentioned that she slept from five to ten hours per night.
Some early photos also suggest that Marilyn practised some yoga poses. Which was nearly unheard of in the 1950’s.
So, there you have it. High protein diet and strength building exercises that helped develop a world-famous figure.
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