Remember the time we shared how an ideal woman’s silhouette had evolved over the centuries?
Well, you can’t get that ideal ‘body’ without putting in some work, and women have been partaking in one form of exercise or another al through to our times to get and stay fit.
The 1910s and 1920s saw stretches are a popularly accepted form of getting some exercise and a means of staying fit.
In the 1930s Women’s League of Health and Beauty popularized group exercises consisting of lifts, jumps and synchronized mass formations. The movement started in Britain and gradually found a ‘footing’ in other parts of the world.
Come 1940s, as the ideal body shape got more curvy, exercises shifted focus too. Now it was more about getting physically attractive than fitness.
1950s were the era of Hula Hoops. It was a tough balancing act and helped the body become more balanced as it burned some calories. It was also as popular with the kids as adults!
By 1960s, as waifish figures became more desirable, trimming off fat and twisting into shape got more popular.
1970s saw Jazzercise define fitness. A mix of jazz dancing and aerobic exercise, this was designed to engage the whole body and make it more flexible. It makes sense, the founder of Jazzercise was a Broadway professional.
It’s not easy to miss 1980s, in terms of appearances as well as keeping up appearances. Big hair, leotards, leggings and leg warmers, aerobics were all the rage, made even more popular when big names like Jane Fonda made fitness videos one could play and work out to in the confines of their homes.
While 1990s were the era of supermodels, it wasn’t supermodels who capitalized on their sharing their fitness secrets with the world. By this time Tae Bo, a mix of boxing and Asian martial arts, Taekwondo, was gaining more followers, buoyed by videos and later gyms that offered kick-boxing classes, a calories burning session that combined boxing with intense cardio.
The 2000s were when you could dance your way to fitness, bringing us to 2010s when Zumba is the way to stay trendy, hip and fit!
Whew! That’s a whole lot of talking fitness! Whether you stay indoors or prefer to get some fresh air as you walk/jog/run, remember it’s important to stay active to stay fit!
Happy Monday, Vasanti fans!