Christmas catalogs had been the best way to find toys for adults until the big stores and internet came along. Some may not consider these toys, yet on Christmas morning 1972 your child was having a ball with their toy and you found yourself blowing into your Sauna Pants, having laughs until New Years Day, and never-fun-again you felt like a sucker as they were laid to rest in the closet.
From the 1972 Spiegel Christmas Catalog, we first have featured on page 96 the, "Stretch Lounger." For the housewife looking to keep well-balanced during her workout, the Stretch Lounger is a good idea, but don't get up too quickly to answer the phone. Second, we have the totally awesome Sauna Pants:
The Stretch Lounger is a balancing act to work, and even though it is at least almost practical, it isn't much more than an modified beach or pool chair. It was one of those items where one would say to themselves, "If I buy it, I'll have to exercise" especially with the adjusted price of inflation at $96.71. Once you busted your ass, it too was put in the pile of fail.
Sigh... Sauna pants are still in existence, though they are not quite as lame as those pictured above. You used to blow into a tube to inflate, creating a warm pocket of air. The latest and greatest in sauna pants not only heat themselves, they also vibrate.
For those wondering, the basic design of both the old and new sauna pants is intended to, "help you shed excess water weight."
And thus, the static between fitness and disposable income will continue.
Page 96 from the 1972 Spiegel Christmas Catalog
(Catalog Source: wishbookweb)