Let’s travel back to a time when aerobics was a lifestyle and spandex was a religion. When there was no shame in wearing a fashion belt as an exercising accoutrement, and there was a fine line between working out and making a soft core porn. Man, the ’80s were awesome. We’ve collected of our favorite 80s workout videos to get you pumped for your health! First up, Alysssa Milano’s classic 1988 teen workout vid, “Teen Steam,” wherein Alyssa and a couple of her gal pals de-stress from parents and boys with a little bedroom workout. I’m pretty sure I used to have the VHS of this.
Plus, eight more vintage vids after the jump!
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Something most people don’t know about me: I grew up in an aerobics household. No, it wasn’t my mom who was into it, although, I occasionally joined her as she danced along to the “Jazzercise” video tape. It was my dad who was the aerobics star. He spent most of the ’80s as the only man at the gym who regularly attended aerobics classes. This is particularly comical considering my dad is a 6’3″ ex-college basketball player. But he loved aerobics and he used to take me to classes with him. He was a celebrity at the gym; all the teachers knew him by name. He even considered becoming a certified aerobics instructor at one point. Hence, my deep appreciation for aerobics. Now to my point: I just stumbled upon this video from the 1988 Crystal Light National Aerobics Championship hosted by Alan Thicke and it made me very, very happy . As a side note, I should mention that my dad never wore unitards or made those ridiculous faces. But these aerobics competitors really went there. The theatrics of it all! Amazing. [Buzzfeed]
is a classically trained Iranian ballet dancer. He’s also the Middle East’s version of Richard Simmons — wearing a stripey tank top and barking aerobics orders in Farsi with aplomb. So yeah, we pretty much love him. [Have You Seen This?
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Any physical activity is good activity is the message behind the federal guidelines for physical activity, which the Department of Health and Human Services released this month. The core guideline is that Americans should get at least 150 minutes of moderately intense activity per week, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend that time in the gym. For the first time, a variety of activities, including daily chores and physically-demanding occupations, count toward physical activity, which can lower the risk of early death, heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure. But thankfully, the feds have realized that physical activity isn’t one-size-fits-all, so after the jump find recommendations for adults, seniors, children and teens. [New York Times] Keep reading »