This one is a bit of a blast from the past. If you grew up in the 80s like I did there’s no doubt you had a Walkman at some point. I had a knock off one that I can’t even remember the name of.
It was the perfect creation because for the first time you could now actually take your music on the go with you. This had been possible before but you were limited to transistor radios and having to listen to whatever was playing on whichever station you could tune into in.
With the Walkman it changed the way we consumed music and led to the creation of the MP3 player and eventually the iPod and iPhone. Now, if you’re active and like to workout, I imagine you can’t even think about doing it without music.
Listening to music has changed the way we have approached fitness and workouts and the two are linked together. This episode is all about the history of the Walkman and how it led to the fitness boom that continues to this day.
In This Episode On The Walkman and Fitness You Will Learn:
- What led to the first real fitness boom in 1976
- Why the Walkman was originally created
- The name that the Walkman almost went by
- What the real appeal of the Walkman was
- Why Sony brought out a yellow Walkman
- The secret trick for advertising electronics
- The changes that started happening in gyms
- Why people became more motivated to exercise
- The amount of people that the Walkman got into fitness
- Paving the way for workouts and music today
The original article this was based on: The history of the Walkman
Thanks For Listening!
I hope you liked this throwback episode. It’s interesting to look at small things like this that had such a big impact on the culture but also fitness as a whole. There are days now that I’ve gone home from the gym because I realized I forgot my earphones at home. Would you even consider stepping into a gym without your phone these days? It’s almost impossible.
The Walkman changed the way we workout forever and got more people moving than any other device ever created.
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