My favorite thing about Michelle is her buff biceps. She is smart, hardworking, and articulate, with degrees from Princeton University and Harvard Law School and an impressive resume. But the biceps are icing on the cake. I love how even in her 50s she can rock short-sleeved fashion. Her muscles symbolize her strength and determination. We all know it takes effort and dedication to work out on a regular basis. And if she can do it with all she has had on her plate while in the public eye, then the rest of us can try to do the same.
“A couple of grammes of amphetamine sulphate taken daily enables you to slim while you do the housework—surely and safely.” Vintage ad from 1940.
Well, we all know better now. What you need is not amphetamine, or any other drug. You need motivation and will power to get started.
Before the Internet, you could mail a coupon and get an Amazing Book of Muscle Building Facts to find fitness tips that could help you change from a “puny weakling into a physical GIANT!” Vintage ad for fitness.
You know that happy look on a dog’s face when he is running? You can feel like that, too! Get moving and get an endorphin rush.
If you get in great shape, you can wear polka dots. Eat right. Work out. Wear polka dots.
Just because you opened the door, does not mean you have to take out any food and eat it. Just close the door, and walk away.
Many vintage ads objectify women in horrifying ways. But this cigarette ad using the fear of fat crosses the line from annoying to shameless and unethical. The headline asks: “Is this where you want to be five years from now?” The implication is that if you want to avoid looking like the obese shadow drawn behind the diver, you better start smoking. Perhaps cigarette companies did not fully know the health implications of smoking back then. Perhaps. But this ad is a warning: you cannot trust companies trying to sell you slenderness with a product. Do your own research. The best way to become fit and stay fit is to eat right and exercise.