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So this is how we used to exercise

We recently found these ads for crazy vintage exercise gadgets, and now, thanks to The New Yorker, we have even more crazy documentation to add to the list: historical photographs of physical exertion. Mechanical tummy massages? Boxing with kangaroos? Swinging babies by their feet? Masquerade golf? Balancing on one leg while making the bed? Underwater ping pong? Yep, mankind has been there.

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Low Lai Chow travels light and is working on exercising demons from her past. Find out more about her at lowlaichow.com.