sixtyandme logo
We are community supported and may earn a commission when you buy through links on our site. Learn more

Fitness Trends Through the Decades – Which Was Your Favorite?

As baby boomers, we’ve seen many trends come and go. Many of embraced our bohemian side in the 1960s. We saw the rise and fall of disco, although some of us would claim that it’s still alive and kicking!

Many of the women among us, including myself, wore power suits, with intimidating shoulder pads, in the 1980s. Now, after so many years of experimentation, most of us have settled on a style that works for us.

When it comes to fashion, it’s easy to remember the styles that defined each decade. But, did you ever think about the fact that the same is true for fitness?

In fact, in many ways, fashion and fitness go hand in hand, with both representing the spirit of the times.

Exploring 100 Years of Fitness Trends

Today, I came across a fun video that shows how fitness has evolved over the last 100 years. The project 100 Years of Fitness, which includes much more than just the video below, was produced by Benenden, a health and wellbeing mutual community. Please take a couple of minutes to watch it, then, I’d love to hear which fitness trend was your favorite.

I don’t know about you, but, watching that video brought back plenty of memories for me – including a few that I would rather forget! Let’s just say that my sweatbands are buried in a box somewhere deep in my basement, never to return.

What was your favorite fitness trend? Take a vote! Are there any fitness trends from other decades that you still take part in today? Please join the conversation.

Notify of

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

The Author

Margaret Manning is the founder of Sixty and Me. She is an entrepreneur, author and speaker. Margaret is passionate about building dynamic and engaged communities that improve lives and change perceptions. Margaret can be contacted at

You Might Also Like