Bonnie on Education

  BONNIE WAS KNOWN to quip during her public lectures, something like: ”Doctors don’t know anything about three things: exercise, nutrition, and sex. And the last time they saw a muscle was in first year medical school and it was dead.” All very true – and if you hadn’t been paying attention before you were paying attention now, because what might she say next?! Her often seemingly outrageous statements were true and left an indelible picture in your mind. About overweight children: “...
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Humanics? What’s That?

  OF ALL THE HONORS bestowed on Bonnie over her many years, there are only a few that she ever talked about. One of these was the honorary Master of Humanics granted to her in June 1958 by Springfield College. If you have ever been privileged to attend a Bonnie Prudden workshop of any kind, you know that BARE FEET are essential. In Bonnie’s gym everyone went barefoot – else how can you develop the foot muscles. “When jammed into a shoe, a foot becomes a hoof,” she said. It was b...
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How I Met The Lady, Bonnie Prudden

  IT WOULD BE January 1971 before I would come face to face with Bonnie Prudden. However, in May of 1962 at the age of three months, my son — Russell Scott Whittaker — began his Bonnie Prudden exercises with each diaper change. The Art Linkletter House Party Show was on TV and a lady in tights was demonstrating baby exercises. I was hooked — and Rusty was to graduate from the Bonnie Prudden School 18 years later. I saw this same lady on TV again, but turned her off when I couldn’t...
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New Year Resolutions and the Cardinal Dos and Donts of Exercise

  WHATEVER YOUR New Year’s Resolution may be… when it comes to exercise there are certain rules that should be followed. Whether you are a NEWBIE who’s just starting out, a “get tough” weekend warrior or an expert going for the Gold, certain rules apply. Donts Don’t do small arm circles. Small arm circles create shoulder tension. Most people already have tension in this area. Arm circles should be large, and done in both directions. This puts the shoulder through a full range of m...
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Musicians, Muscles, and Myotherapy

“Music can move us to the heights or depths of emotion. It can persuade us to buy something, or remind us of our first date. It can lift us out of depression when nothing else can. It can get us dancing to its beat.” ~From the book jacket Musicophilia by Oliver Sacks   Musicians BUT WHAT OF the musician? Whether you toot, bow, drum or strum, if you do enough of it you will probably experience muscle pain. Muscle pain is determined by the way muscles are used or misused throughout l...
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Babies Have Muscle Pain Too

  EVEN THOUGH most babies are very welcome, the race for the door can be time consuming and exhausting for both mother and baby. Seldom do babies just slip through the exit. More likely they bang their head against a seemingly solid wall… and slowly a door opens. If it takes too long or appears to be too difficult, a pair of tongs will help pull the baby through. In the April 2013 blog I talked about Bonnie Prudden Myotherapy, a way to get rid of muscle pain. I described Trigger Point...
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Baby Needs Exercise Too!

  BONNIE PRUDDEN first launched her Fitness from the Cradle program of infant exercise in the Sports Illustrated May issue of 1960, which was also the week designated by President Eisenhower as National Youth Fitness Week. The series was designed to introduce a new program that “will help American parents to build a fit generation of children right in their own homes…from babyhood on.” Few realize that a baby is born with three posture anomalies due to the positioning in the womb: 1) fl...
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ACTION… The Secret of Successful Aging

TO FEEL YOUR BEST and reap the most, exercise must be maintained as long as life is maintained. Bonnie Prudden’s first opportunity to work with older people came in 1956 when Harper and Row published her first book Is Your Child Really Fit?, and the ladies at the Osborne Home for Retired Gentlewomen invited her to talk about it. Bonnie was 43 at the time and when she entered the auditorium and looked around she only saw white heads. At that point she changed the topic to You Are the Last Na...
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Taking Care of the Most Important Person

“Each life is a whole world. No one has ever read the books you have read exactly the way you have read them. No one has really heard the music as you heard it, nor even seen the sky as you see it. No one knows all that you know or even a small part. No one has loved as you have, or suffered either. So who is the most important person in your world? You. Who runs your world (though you may wonder at times)? You do. You are both government and boss.” From the book, Myotherapy: Bonnie Prudden’s Co...
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The History, the White House, the Failure, the Cost to Health Care and Why You Have Reason to Be Outraged and Hopeful

History: The Short Version IN 1947, AT AGE 34, Bonnie Prudden went to visit her daughter’s 3rd grade gym class. After watching what she considered to be a disaster, she decided to use her own background in dance and athletics to give neighborhood children exercise classes. She told her girls to invite five friends each. Two mothers called her to say they didn’t want their daughters to exercise because they would get muscles. Bonnie called her classes conditioning since no one had any preconce...
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