Workout at the Office

Quick Workouts coverQuick Workouts: Fitness Anytime, Anywhere
Time-Life Books
1987

Submitter: This book is currently on the shelves at a local public library.  Who knew people in the 1980’s were so busy that they had to fit in exercise while waiting for the commuter train or even an elevator?  I guess I just assumed that they stayed fit & trim by lifting over-sized mobile phones.  While a book on this topic could be useful to our modern day inactive office workers, it would really need updated pictures… it’s hard to take a good stretching technique seriously when the demonstrator is wearing giant should pads or a sleeveless sweater.

Holly: If you need me, I’ll be bench pressing the PDR, or maybe the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics. That one’s got a good heft to it too. (After which, I will NOT look anything like these people. I’ll be all sweaty and red-faced.)

 

knee lift

books as weights

side bend

elevator workouts

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15 comments

  1. Mr. Red Vest looks a little like a can-can dancer. If nothing else, these exercised would provide much amusement to one’s fellow workers.

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  2. 1987 was early for mobile phones, even large ones. Answering machines were just becoming common at that time.
    I do remember a sort of “exercise while you work” mini-craze back then, especially with isometrics. In the 1980s, we just gave in to the idea of working ALL the time, and having no other life.

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  3. Yeah, there’s no way doing that in the library workroom would lead to strange looks and smothered giggling; no way at all.

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  4. My workplace just started a healthier living initiative and we’ve actually been looking in to things like this. I almost want to get this because the pictures are so outdated that it would at least be good for a little chuckle.

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  5. Dig those PC-free offices from the olden days. Even the latest laptop isn’t heavy enough to replace a dictionary as a substitute dumbbell… Another victory for books!

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