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 back…
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 Fonda’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 🙂 Just kept thinking how she’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, don’t forget to stretch and cool down:
I have never worked out with Richard Simmons before, but I can’t mention Oldies, But Goodies without the archetype of aerobics.
The dance workout is like your early day Zumba®; 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.
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!
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 “perfect” body. A great reminder that we should be exercising for our health and overall well-being and embrace our unique physical self.
“Always remember these four little words: You Are Worth It”
– Denise Austin
Any oldies you recall exercising to? Share the goodies!