"Dear child, no, no. Jane Fonda's tapes didn't come out until the 80s, besides we didn't even have VCRs back in the 70s."
"What's a V-C-R, Grandpa?"
"Uh, never mind, I'll explain that later. Anyway, the Mad Men days of the 60s with their 3 martini lunches and offices filled with tobacco smoke were giving way to a more health conscious America. Dr Cooper's book Aerobics had just come out, and Americans were interested in shedding the pounds to look good in the discotheques!"
"Uh, What's a disc-o-tech, Grandpa - some kind of cool computer game?"
"Oh boy, kid, did YOUR generation miss out on some living!"
"Grandpa, I bet like everything else in the 70s, the fashions for exercise wear were CRAZY too."
"Well child, actually no. People were still new to the whole idea of exercise to get in shape, so they were doing that mostly at home. The fashions were actually fairly lame."
"Grandpa, what's a catalog?"
"Kid, you're really getting on my nerves." "One of the things that really took off in the 70s was jogging. Before Aerobics, the idea of running just to run might land one in a mental institution. I still remember when my dad took off running around the neighborhood one day (in tennis shoes and black socks no less). We thought he had lost his mind!"
"Grandpa, did they work?"
"Yeah, sure, they worked great for Sears and JCP. They made a ton of money off of them!" One could even buy a home sauna!"
"Now child, I must add that not all health products offered in the Big Book catalogs were sane. Some of them were wrong, just so wrong..."
footnotes: (Yes even for exercise, we have them footnotes!)
(1) For those of you that may have forgot, Dr Cooper's book "Aerobics" prescribed a minimum number of "points" that a person had to get each week to be considered "in shape". As I recall from memory, for a guy, it was the equivalent of running 2 miles at a 8 minute a mile pace, three times a week. Of course for other activities such as cycling, etc. the numbers were different. The numbers faded from view, but the term "Aerobics" stuck like glue - dance aerobics, step aerobics, water aerobics, and on, an on....