Great Bodies: Secrets of the Stars

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Great Bodies: Secrets of the Stars


Every time you turn on your television set or flip open a magazine, you see and read about stars, fashion models and health food junkies flaunting their great bodies and good looks. How do then, do it? How do shapely starlets, muscle-bound leading men and other people in the public spotlight maintain their weight year after year, partly after party? What's their secret?

The secret, according to stars like worldclass Olympian Florence Griffith Joyner, co-chair of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, is to have the courage to take that first step - no matter how small it is. And then to muster the commitment and determination to finish the race.

Joyner, who won three gold medals and one silver medal in women's track during the 1988 Olympics and is in training for the 1996 women's Olympic marathon, understands fully that every successful race begins with the first step. So, if your goal is to have a great body of your own, she says, "you should find some type of physical activity that you really want to do and that you know you're going to keep up with, even if it's just walking one block every day. You need to have something that you do everyday. Get up, do it, make it happen. Don't think about it because the more you think about it, the more you'll put it off. …

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