Time Traveling Through the 1980s: Picture-Perfect Memories

By Jack Ripley | April 12, 2024

Aerobics Set Hearts Pounding

Neon colors, ripped jeans, and spandex: these were the hallmarks of the 1980s. Although some may consider the decade to be a lackluster era historically, the photo gallery below says otherwise. The decade spawned new fitness crazes, fresh works of artistic expression, and historic moments unique to the times. Here, we capture the essence of what made this era in history unique and compelling.


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Hollywood celebrity Jane Fonda helped make aerobics a major fitness craze of the 1980s. Her aerobics videos became legendary, inspiring millions to sign on to the exercise routine. Her workouts combined dance, heart health, and strength training, all set to popular '80s tunes.

Aerobics combines rhythmic aerobic exercise with stretching and strength training routines. It aims to improve flexibility, strength, and cardiovascular fitness. Aerobic exercise modulates breathing and regulates the amount of oxygen that reaches the muscles, helping to burn energy. It also strengthens your heart muscle, improves lung function, and promotes better circulation throughout your body.

Aerobics gurus held classes in church basements and fitness clubs, on TV, and via VHS tapes. Music was an important part of the package, with songs like "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor, ”Jump” by Van Halen, "Every Breath You Take" by The Police, and "Physical” by Olivia Newton-John.

Lighting Up the 80s With Neon

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In the 1980s, neon colors burst onto the scene, painting the era in a bright, vibrant light. It was a marked departure from the hippie trend of the early 70s and the disco sequins and velvet of the mid and late 70s.

The decade's biggest pop stars, from Madonna to Michael Jackson, embraced the neon trends with their bold fashion choices. MTV followed their lead and jazzed up their game with electric hues. Well-known 1980s fashion models such as Cheryl Tiegs and Cindy Crawford endorsed the neon craze, too, both on and off the runway.

Hollywood harnessed neon's futuristic allure as well. Popular sci-fi flicks of the 1980s, like "Bladerunner" and "Tron," featured color-rich scenes bathed in neon lights. Even high school rom-coms left disco behind, opting instead for the flash of neon clothing.