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.
In general, the Japanese are a pretty healthy people. But besides eating healthy, some Japanese intertwine exercise with architecture. These five Japanese houses are designed to make exercise unavoidable for their inhabitants. One house has a built-in rock climbing wall, another features a mini-golf course, and another house has floor-to-ceiling sliding poles and undulating concrete floors. If you’re ever a guest in one of these houses, be prepared to break a sweat.
Who does their exercise routine to morning TV anymore? No one. It’s a shame. One of the greatest unknown pleasures of TV in the 90s is Zuiikin English, a 24-part Japanese television series where viewers can pick up a smidgen of English while executing the somewhat banal exercise moves of the Zuiikin Gals. If one [...]