Betty approved exercise:
Walks in the rain. Check.
Walks in the wind. Check.
Walks on the beach when it's rainy and windy? Check, check, check.
Ditto bike riding.
Rowing (especially for boys).
Sailing (to save the life of an ungrateful child)
Skiing (especially good for recovering dipsomaniacs).
Betty approved sports:
Tennis for fun.
Ditto ice skating.
Rugger (while in college - if you are an aspiring doctor).
Field Hockey (perfect for 12-15 year old girls).
Gymnastics (for the little ones at boarding school).
Actual exercise at a gym (or even at home)? Heavens to Helene! Never! The great thing about the Betty Neels exercises plan is how cheap it is. Very little outlay on expensive equipment. A pair of sensible lace-ups will do for all your walking needs. A pair of "slippers" for dancing, and a swimsuit. Bam. That's it. The rest you can make up as you go along. Cold weather gear? Get out your knitting needles. Field Hockey stick for a younger sister? Get a part-time job. Bike? Borrow one. Ditto ice skates, skis and tennis racquets.
No excuses, ladies. Get out your sensible lace-ups and get moving. (Or do you really believe in magically fitting into your old swimsuit?).