Throwback Thursday: Working Out & Top Hits of 1979

‘Twas the season to indulge, friends, but this ’tis the season to atone. Throughout the month of January we’ll be bringing you all sorts of Wellness Realness—information and inspiration you can use to get out of lax mode and into good-for-you mode. Or at least stop eating cookies for lunch and skipping your morning run.

Before we start beating too hard on the wellness drum, we had to share a few snapshots from an amazing late-’70s Nordstrom catalog we stumbled upon. The perfectly coordinated, ‘sporty’ lifestyle shown in our 1979 activewear catalog looks a little more Arnold Palmers at the country club than it does cardio-pumping at Zumba. But hey, there were three more years to go before Jane Fonda came out with her first workout video that helped popularize aerobics—and the legwarmer. Today our shorts, tennis skirts, track jackets and hoodies strike a more practical fashion/function balance for a more serious active lifestyle. But we still love this old-school look back at the past.

TBT Bonus: To get you in the spirit of resolutions and working off holiday indulgences, here are a few top hits from 1979. It’s a workout mixtape playlist these folks just might have listened to while jumping rope and holding hands with their partners.

Michael Jackson – “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough”
Gloria Gaynor – “I Will Survive”
Donna Summer – “Hot Stuff”
Blondie – “Heart of Glass”
The Knack – “My Sharona”
The Village People – “Y.M.C.A”
Rod Stewart – “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy”
Anita Ward – “Ring My Bell”

SHOP: Activewear

— Jeff Powell