We are all acutely aware of the stress and pressure we are experiencing at this unique time. One of the keys to dealing with stress and tension effectively is to exercise, so I thought I would continue on with my series on Exercise Through the Decades. I hope it provides some relief, gives some fresh ideas and makes you smile. Enjoy!
Make sure to check out part 1 of the series here
In 1969 a dance instructor named Judi Sheppard Missett came up with a new form of aerobics called Jazzercise. In this class students would dance, kick and do the grapevine to the latest catchy tunes. With its combination of music and dance it caught on fast and can still be seen today in many gyms and fitness clubs.
Jazzercize is even famous for involving some big name celebrities like Olivia Newton John, Cyndi Lauper and more. Let’s just say it is fun to get Physical on the dance floor!
While the 70s were Jazzercizing there is nothing the 80s loved more than an infomercial especially when it comes to exercising. You had the ThighMaster, the NordicTrack and most famous of all The Bowflex (or Soloflex).
These home gyms and fitness gadgets helped get people motivated to exercise. Whether that motivation lasted long past the delivery date is another question but they were certainly memorable.
Speaking of infomercials in the 1990s fitness leader Billy Banks started selling a new type of exercise combining martial arts, aerobic and dance in his Tae Bo courses. His videos took off and people around the world started kickboxing through their workouts!
Kickboxing is a great exercise because it doesn’t get boring and it can be done at as high or low intensity as the participant requires. You can also use weights during your routine if you want both a weight training and cardio element to your exercise session.
And don’t forget you can use Zim’s Max Freeze Cooling Liquid to provide relief from sore and tired muscles no matter the decade you are working out in!