OK, this one gets filed in the “I can’t believe I’ve revealed this” department of the 70-Something blog.
As a young teenager my best friends and I were very concerned about our development, as in breasts. Someone shared an exercise that we all took to heart, so-to-speak. You clasp your hands with your elbows shoulder-high and push your palms together and apart, while repeating rhythmically, “I must, I must, I must develop my bust.” To the best of my knowledge (and I would love to poll my high school friends on this one), this exercise had no effect whatsoever.
This came to mind as I forced myself to do push- ups the other morning, something that also probably has no effects, at least not on my breasts.
Years after the breast development challenge, I saw a new book touting exercises to prevent facial droop. My older friend and colleague Muriel and I set about trying to defer or prevent the ravages of aging by making faces. It was a complete failure, and I have the wrinkles to prove it. (By the way, if you search “facial exercises” on Amazon’s book site, you get 719 results, which means that some folks are still willing to try.)
The lesson, accept who we are. Warts and all, we still have plenty to work with.