Workout Marilyn Monroe Style: Low Carb, Free Weights, Yoga, Beauty And Weight Loss Tips [Videos, Photos]

Workout, Marilyn Monroe style? Beauty and weight loss tips from Marilyn Monroe? How can it be? For decades, Marilyn Monroe has been the epitome of Hollywood glamour and an icon of beauty. Many women have held to the standard that Marilyn Monroe set and would love to have an inside look at her weight loss, beauty, and workout routine. While Marilyn Monroe may have long passed, a video has surfaced showing the bleached-blonde beauty as she works out in a bikini top and a pair of jeans. During the Marilyn Monroe workout video, you can see Marilyn as she does floor work, lifts weights, and stands on her head while performing Yoga. For many modern women, the idea that Marilyn Monroe’s workout routine is so similar to recommendations today is mind boggling. If you study the video below of Marilyn Monroe working out closely, you’ll notice she’s wearing high heels. You won’t need to add the high heels or jeans to your workout in order to get the same benefits. As for Marilyn’s beauty and weight loss tips, it’s interesting to note that she described a low carb, high protein diet and made regular use of free weights.

In Sept. 1952, Marilyn Monroe granted an interview with Pageant magazine and gave full details on her workout routine, her beauty regimen and shared her weight loss tips. Some of the tips that Marilyn Monroe shared in the 50s is the same advice doctors and weight loss experts are advising today.

For example, Marilyn Monroe described herself as always needing to eat more food and never paying attention to exercise. She stated that she spent at least 10 minutes in the morning lifting free weights. While modern recommendations are to exercise for at least 20 minutes, new recommendations state that you can break the time into smaller increments. One study showed that breaking a 30 minute workout routine into three, 10 minute routines, actually provided additional health benefits, according to the NY Times.

Marilyn frequently exercised in her jeans, as you can see in the picture below of her jogging.

Marilyn Monroe shared her early morning beauty tips as well as the first exercise she does as her early morning workout.

“Each morning, after I brush my teeth, wash my face and shake off the first deep layer of sleep, I lie down on the floor beside my bed and begin my first exercise. It is a simple bust-firming routine which consists of lifting five-pound weights from a spread-eagle arm position to a point directly above my head. I do this 15 times, slowly. I repeat the exercise another 15 times from a position with my arms above my head. Then, with my arms at a 45-degree angle from the floor, I move my weights in circles until I’m tired. I don’t count rhythmically like the exercise people on the radio; I couldn’t stand exercise if I had to feel regimented about it.”

Yoga is revered for its weight loss benefits, overall impact on beauty and is a highly recommended workout. Marilyn Monroe loved Yoga and in the video below, you can see her as she is going through makeup tests, followed by a photo shoot of various Yoga poses.

In addition to Marilyn’s workout regimen, she also shared her diet and weight loss tips. What Marilyn Monroe described to Pageant was a low carb diet. In the picture below, you can see what Marilyn ate for her morning meal: raw eggs in milk. Marilyn described her diet as “bizarre” and even though weight loss was inevitable due to the high protein intake, she indulged in a hot fudge sundae after her drama class.

“BREAKFAST. I’ve been told that my eating habits are absolutely bizarre, but I don’t think so. Before I take my morning shower, I start warming a cup of milk on the hot plate I keep in my hotel room. When it’s hot, I break two raw eggs into the milk, whip them up with a fork, and drink them while I’m dressing. I supplement this with a multi-vitamin pill, and I doubt if any doctor could recommend a more nourishing breakfast for a working girl in a hurry.”

“DINNER. My dinners at home are startlingly simple. Every night I stop at the market near my hotel and pick up a steak, lamb chops or some liver, which I broil in the electric oven in my room. I usually eat four or five raw carrots with my meat, and that is all. I must be part rabbit; I never get bored with raw carrots.”

“P.S. It’s a good thing, I suppose, that I eat simply during the day, for in recent months I have developed the habit of stopping off at Wil Wright’s ice cream parlor for a hot fudge sundae on my way home from my evening drama classes. I’m sure that I couldn’t allow myself this indulgence were it not that my normal diet is composed almost totally of protein foods.”

While Marilyn Monroe’s diet was noticeably lacking in several vegetables, she was taking a multi vitamin. This diet is actually quite similar to that of other low carb diets such as Atkins. However; many of today’s diets include more vegetables and fresh salads and would skip the ice cream sundaes.

Marilyn Monroe weighs herself on a scale.

What do you think about the Marilyn Monroe workout? Are you going to incorporate any of her workout, beauty and weight loss tips?

[Photo by L J Willinger/Getty Images]

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