The Aerobics Way
New data on the world’s most popular exercise program
Aerobics was just beginning to be the exercise fad when this was published. Most folks would probably credit Jane Fonda’s 1982 workout tape. This is more a discussion of aerobic activity and all the supporting data. It really isn’t any kind of workout, but more of the science and studies related to heart and lung function. A dated book, but I have a feeling this became the springboard for the aerobic dancing exercise fad.
Taking your own pulse and getting into the zone was a part of every aerobics class I ever did. Jane Fonda translated this into a dance/exercise routine. I think she was also responsible for the myriad of exercise wear that was a big part of the fashion. Hair bands and leg warmers were a part of the rage, even if you weren’t exercising. If I had to pick a cultural artifact from the 1980s, the workout video would probably be on the list.
At the time, this would have been a good purchase for a medical collection. At the time, heart disease was a priority topic. I remember when having a heart attack nearly always ended in death during these years. Bottom line: good choice in the late 1970s or early 80s, bad choice for 2020.