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39 Get your back up

This exercise will give you a trim back and a relaxed one

A strong, straight, smooth-muscled back looks good on anyone. A round, lumpy, fat one looks good on no one. Consequently, it is just as necessary to exercise for a good back as it is for a good pair of legs. Fat simply cannot gather on well-used muscle. Tension also is relieved through this exercise—and the upper back is a great harbor for tensions.

Lie prone over a chair—if chair is not padded put a pillow or blanket over the sharp edges. Thrust the feet under a stable object, hands behind neck, and lower head to floor.

Twisting the upper body to the left, raise until it is level with the rest of the body, then lower it and twist to right. Repeat this maneuver five times each side.