If you go to the gym or attend exercise classes frequently, then you’ve likely noticed a few fitness crazes during your time getting fit. Here’s four of the strangest fitness fads of the last decade that will surely offer you a trip down memory lane…
Have You Ever Tried Plogging?
Among the biggest fitness trends of the past 12 months has to be plogging. However, some people haven’t looked back since. It’s a Scandinavian-based trend that encourages people to pick up litter while out running — improving health and the environment.
Wondering where the word ‘plogging’ comes from? It’s a combination of the Swedish phrase ‘plocka upp’, which means pick up, and the word jogging. The exercise part comes from running with intermittent squatting and lunging so you can pick up rubbish from the ground. It is an effective calorie burner too — fitness app Lifesum estimates that a typical user will burn 288 calories from 30 minutes of plogging.
Social media feeds have been awash with activity related to plogging. Head to Facebook or Instagram and don’t be surprised to see images of people in running gear with plastic bags ready to fill with litter. Could we see this trend become widespread sometime soon?
Have You Ever Tried Hot Barre?
Fitness fans throughout Los Angeles and New York were among the first to try out ‘hot barre’. This craze involves doing classical ballet moves in a room heated to 40 degrees, and it took off around 2015. Advocates of the fad say that hot barre encourages you to gain a deeper stretch while helping you release toxins and feel detoxed. Then, as the body has to work hard to cool itself down, you can expect your metabolism to boost and number of burnt calories to increase.
A similar fitness fad that has become more popular at the moment is ‘hot yoga’. This is where classic mindfulness movements are performed in a heated pod — a guaranteed sweat stimulator whilst simultaneously easing a painful shoulder.
Have You Ever Tried Barefoot Jogging?
It was in 2010 that a number of runners started to put on a type of running ‘sock’ instead of their running shoes. Those who supported the fitness fad said that running in trainers or running shoes can make you more prone to injury, as it encourages running with unnatural form. It’s also said that running barefoot strengthens the tiny muscles found in feet, ankles and legs which can also reduce the risk of injury.
It may not be as popular today as it was a few years ago, but there are still supporters of barefoot jogging. Experts have said that switching to barefoot running without properly transitioning makes you prone to injuries though. Therefore, only try this one if you’re willing to practise walking barefoot before running.
Have You Ever Tried a High-Heel Workout?
It has been found that wearing high heels when exercising has several benefits. Research has suggested that even walking in high-heels (below three inches) can shape the calves and improve muscle tone and shape.
Try some lunges, squats or lift small weights while dressed in a pair of high heels and your balance could be improved. It hasn’t been fully determined whether wearing high heels for a workout can result in weight loss, but it can help you learn how to walk better in them.
It remains to be seen what strange but popular fitness craze you’ll be getting involved in during 2019 and beyond…