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Great bodies: secrets of the stars.

Every time you turn on your television set or flip open a magazine, you see and read about stars, fashion models and health food junkies flaunting their great bodies and good looks. How do then, do it? How do shapely starlets, muscle-bound leading men and other people in the public spotlight maintain their weight year after year, partly after party? What's their secret?

The secret, according to stars like worldclass Olympian Florence Griffith Joyner, co-chair of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, is to have the courage to take that first step - no matter how small it is. And then to muster the commitment and determination to finish the race.

Joyner, who won three gold medals and one silver medal in women's track during the 1988 Olympics and is in training for the 1996 women's Olympic marathon, understands fully that every successful race begins with the first step. So, if your goal is to have a great body of your own, she says, "you should find some type of physical activity that you really want to do and that you know you're going to keep up with, even if it's just walking one block every day. You need to have something that you do everyday. Get up, do it, make it happen. Don't think about it because the more you think about it, the more you'll put it off."

Garcelle Beauvais advises great body seekers to "set an honest goal for yourself - not everyone needs to look like a model." Beauvais, the beautiful model-turned-actress, keeps the extra pounds off and maintains her 115-pound figure by working out three mornings a week.

Tyson Beckford, the male supermodel managed by Bethann, would rather work out between one and two o'clock in the afternoon. Weight training three times a week and an active lifestyle, he says, are largely responsible for his 195-pound muscular physique. Beckford, who shuns red meat and avoids alcohol, says people who want to sculpture their own bodies should keep in mind that you are what you eat.

Judy Tyrus, a Dance Theatre of Harlem principal dancer, maintains her weight at 100 pounds and, like Beauvais, prefers morning exercise. She also avoids red meat, opting instead to eat chicken and fish, and monitors the amount of fat, sugar and salt she consumes.

If you want a great body, says Tyrus, "find some exercise that works for you, whether it's a dance class, walking or weight training, and stick with it. Watch your diet, including your fat intake. And most importantly - don't give up."

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