Massabesic Health Resources October 2018 • (207) 247-3216 OCTOBER 2018 Massabesic Monthly

FROM THE DESKS OF Jim Stevenson & Hayes Sweeney


1. International Day for the Elderly

16. Boss’s Day

17. National Pasta Day

2. NameYour Car Day

18. No Beard Day

3. National Boyfriend Day

19. EvaluateYour Life Day

WEIRD,WACKY FITNESS FADS T hat P eople A ctually T ried

4. National Golf Day

20. Brandied Fruit Day

5. WorldTeachers’ Day

21. Count Your Buttons Day

6. World Card Making Day

Since the turn of the century, fitness culture in America has exploded. According to the International Health, Racquet, and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA), the fitness industry in this country went from $11.6 billion in 2000 to $27.6 billion in 2017. Along the way, more than 50 million Americans became gym members. Given how popular gym culture and fitness have become, it’s no surprise that researchers and experts are devoting untold time and energy to exploring the science of working out. But it wasn’t always that way. Just a generation ago, many top athletes regarded lifting weights as detrimental. “The coaches and trainers were against it,” recalls bodybuilder Eddie Giuliani. “They said it slowed you down. It was no good. Doctors were all against weightlifting because they said it was bad for your heart. It gave you high blood pressure. Everybody was wrong.” When a new discipline or field of study arises, there are inevitably businesses willing to take advantage of an uninformed public. The fitness industry is no exception. It produced plenty of hilarious products that were sold under the guise of helping people get in shape. Here are a few of the strangest workout fads in history.

22. National Nut Day

7. Bald and Free Day

23. TVTalk ShowHost Day

8. AmericanTouch Tag Day

24. National Bologna Day

9. Leif Erikson Day

25. Punk for a Day Day

10. TakeYour Teddy Bear toWork Day

26. Frankenstein Friday

11. It’s My Party Day

27. National Tell a Story Day

12. Moment of

Frustration Day

28. Plush Animal Lover’s Day

13. International Skeptics Day


29. Hermit Day

For decades, late-night TV has been the best place to find less-than-reputable health products. Even among the illustrious pantheon of Shake Weights and Leg Magic X’s, the Hawaii Chair stands out as one of the most absurd “fitness” devices ever devised. The product promised to engage your core while seated, using a “2,800 rpm hula motor,” whatever that means. “If you can sit, you can get fit,” said the Hawaii Chair’s slogan.

14. National Dessert Day

30. Mischief Night

31. Halloween

15. White Cane Safety Day

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