Ever wondered how ladies back in the day kept their trim figure, seeing as there was no CrossFit or SoulCycle in the 1910s? Well, this video from U.K. healthcare provider Benenden Health offers an entertaining rundown of the biggest trends in fitness for women from the 20th and 21st centuries, from simple stretching to Jazzercise to Tae Bo (remember Tae Bo?!) to Zumba.
As someone who needs to be tricked into exercising (hate lifting weights, love rock climbing, hate running, love squash), I can absolutely appreciate the deluge of trends dedicated to distracting us from the fact that we’re getting healthy. Because let’s be real: the spandex outfits are obviously the best part of aerobics.
Oh, and if you happen to be looking for an authentic 1970s guide to staying supple, relive the wonders of Cosmo’s sexy guide to stretching (NSFW).