Jane Fonda's Workout Book, published in 1981, transformed the star into an aficionado of health and wellness and laid the groundwork for an American populous built on wheat bran, good vibes, and step aerobics. (As the present obesity epidemic might indicate, the trend petered off by the end of the decade.) Do we have Fonda to thank for the abundance of fitness inspired fashion choices made even by those children of the 80's who had no intention of working out (see below)?
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One can't be certain, but the book was the number one nonfiction bestseller in the U.S. in 1982, and remained in the top ten in 1983. Suffice to say, the fitness craze hit the country full force, apparently with enough pep that a lot of reasonable people decided they'd worked out enough in the 80's to take the next twenty years off.
Time Magazine, November 2, 1981
At the time of the book's release, Jane Fonda had already proven herself a character of far more depth than indicated by her starring role in the 1968 film Barbarella; her political activism, including opposition to the Vietnam War and outspoken feminism, had resurfaced her public image. It was in the 1980's though, after twenty years in the public eye, that Fonda took on a new role: national fitness guru. The book details Jane's own workout routine and is full of lifestyle, diet and health wisdom. Just two years later in 1983, she would release the Jane Fonda Workout tape (as in, VHS), now a cult classic.
Delving into all of this ancient health wisdom really got us at Novelry thinking, how many diets have defined a generation? As it turns out, on a year-by-year basis, quite a lot. Here's a glimpse at some of the most popular diets in America since the 80's health craze. Click the hyperlink for more info about each book on Novelry.