Move It Monday | Oldies, but Goodies

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We have what appears to be an infinite number of health and fitness icons everywhere we look. There is an increased awareness of what we put in our mouths and how we move our bodies to be our best physical selves. But things were not always this great.

When I was younger, working out and eating right was not as popular or accessible. Schools did not have access to dietitians to devise balanced meals and vending machines did not possess any better-for-you alternatives.

I started to think back to the fitness motivators I looked up to when I was growing up and decided to share some of them.

Please, bear with the low quality of the videos because the workouts are timeless!

Moving the clocks backโ€ฆ


Day 1

I most likely needed an additional rest day on this day because my body and mind were exhausted. I decided it was best to start light and I chose to go with some of Jane Fondaโ€™s later videos.

The following is a low impact, cardio dance workout:

She mentioned her boyfriend a few times and how he was one of the members of the live band playing ๐Ÿ™‚ Just kept thinking how sheโ€™s in her 70s and she still has it going on!

I followed up with a light strength-training workout (I used 8 pound weights):

Of course, donโ€™t forget to stretch and cool down:


Day 2

I have never worked out with Richard Simmons before, but I canโ€™t mention Oldies, But Goodies without the archetype of aerobics.

The dance workout is like your early day Zumbaยฎ; it is one hour long and you have great music to move to. The moves are very basic and simple to do, but I worked up a very good sweat.

He includes a warm-up and cool-down and stay tuned for the end credits because you get to see how much weight each person that worked out alongside with him has lost.


Day 3

I used to wake up at 6AM to workout with Denise Austin every morning on the Lifetime Network (โ€œtelevision for womenโ€ lol).

I loved her soothing yet encouraging voice and her workouts always got my heart pumping.

I decided to do an interval-training workout that included some strength-training to target all muscle groups.

I used 8 pound weights and for some reps I had to drop the weight altogether. In other words, this workout really made me work it out!

Finished off with this great cool down:

What an incredible athletic physique!


Day 4

Tae-Bo came later on, but it was THE workout for me throughout most of my high school years.

Billy Blanks is full of energy and always brings it hardcore to his exercises. I remember obtaining visible rock-hard abs with his workouts so I decided to do one of his express ab workouts.

The entire workout is only 10 minutes long, but I do recommend a warm-up and cool-down.


All of the fitness icons mentioned above are motivational and down-to-earth. One of the things that I miss about how workout videos used to be is the variety of shapes, ages, and fitness levels showcased.

Now-a-days, everyone working out in fitness videos are just as fit, if not fitter, than the one leading it. Sometimes the fact that everyone is looking great and showing no signs of real struggle with the exercises can be discouraging.

Going back to some of the oldies, I can see why I was able to stick with a regimen because you see real people working hard to achieve a healthy lifestyle and not just a โ€œperfectโ€ body. A great reminder that we should be exercising for our health and overall well-being and embrace our unique physical self.

โ€œAlways remember these four little words: You Are Worth Itโ€

โ€“ Denise Austin

Any oldies you recall exercising to? Share the goodies!

Much Love,

Nena

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75 Comments on Move It Monday | Oldies, but Goodies

  1. I would feel old remembering most of these health and wellness icons. But I didn’t sit and watch them – I worked them. I still incorporate some basic Tae Bo moves on my morning walks around the local city park (with ankle weights and dumbells – that I can throw and hit a dime in the pre-dawn light). I imagine any shady characters that could be lurking either recognize I’ve got to be crazy or I’m that tough. Either way I’ve never been accosted, so it all works for me!

    • LOL!! That’s how you do it! I always warned people that I know Tae-Bo and it’s great to know I’m not the only one that can use it as a defense;)

  2. I would feel old remembering most of these health and wellness icons. But I didn’t sit and watch them – I worked them. I still incorporate some basic Tae Bo moves on my morning walks around the local city park (with ankle weights and dumbells – that I can throw and hit a dime in the pre-dawn light). I imagine any shady characters that could be lurking either recognize I’ve got to be crazy or I’m that tough. Either way I’ve never been accosted, so it all works for me!

  3. Oh my god, I was totally guilty of doing the Richard Simmons thing. It ruined some songs for me – even all these years later, a certain oldie will come on the radio, and my feet still want to do the steps!

  4. Oh my god, I was totally guilty of doing the Richard Simmons thing. It ruined some songs for me – even all these years later, a certain oldie will come on the radio, and my feet still want to do the steps!

  5. I may have to try these workouts! Been saying I want to work out, but just haven’t been motivated! I do love the oldies though ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing! Been wanting to try Yoga. Do you have very beginner yoga DVD’s that you recommend at all?

  6. I may have to try these workouts! Been saying I want to work out, but just haven’t been motivated! I do love the oldies though ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing! Been wanting to try Yoga. Do you have very beginner yoga DVD’s that you recommend at all?

  7. Nena I find your style endearing!I laughed so much remembering being younger and dancing in front of the TV right in the middle of the kitchen,wearing fuscia tights and yellow leg warmers…..Geeeee how I miss those groovy work outs! Nowadays it ain’t that much fun anymore….

  8. Nena I find your style endearing!I laughed so much remembering being younger and dancing in front of the TV right in the middle of the kitchen,wearing fuscia tights and yellow leg warmers…..Geeeee how I miss those groovy work outs! Nowadays it ain’t that much fun anymore….

  9. True. These are the great comedies of our time. Though I am sure that’s not why my brother & dad were watching. I remember my dad commenting on how risque her clothing was-especially for Disney. Dude, despite the design, you realize she is completely covered-right? Still, I found humor in his convictions not quite being strong enough to turn it off ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. This made me laugh so hard. Sorry, I know it is a serious post, but all I could remember was Richard Simmons & Kellyn (posting video link)…I never exercised to a program but always exercised & still do. For me, it is just stress relief & keeps me from debilitating pain ha. I came across Kellyn when my brother was very young, but both he & my dad-despite neither ever exercising, watched this religiously ๐Ÿ˜‰ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7CLcb7kiFA

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