Fitness

Strange Ways to Keep Fit in the Last 10 Years

It’s an exercise in itself, trying to keep up with all the different fitness fads that come and go. As the year draws to a close, we’ll no doubt discover a few more weird and wonderful ways to keep fit to coincide with the usual New Year’s surge of health promises. But before that, let’s explore some of the strangest fads we’ve already endured in the last decade.

Plogging along

The start of 2018 saw the fitness fad of plogging. It’s a Scandinavian based trend that encourages people to pick up litter while out running — improving health and the environment. The word ‘plogging’ comes from the word jogging and the Swedish phrase ‘plocka upp’ which means pick up. 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.

Of course, if it isn’t on Instagram, it may as well never have happened, so people are flocking to social media to share photos of them plogging-ready. Could we see this trend become widespread sometime soon?

Ditching shoes

Back in 2010, we had a conundrum on our hands. Involving very littler by the ways of gadgetry, there wasn’t much in the world of running that we could reinvent or turn into a trend. All you needed to get into running was a shirt, shorts, and shoes.

…Or did you? And therein lay the fad — who needs shoes?

People who follow the fad wear that it is better to run without shoes because trainers or running shoes encourage your feet into unnatural forms, leading to injuries. 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.

The trend has lost its fire somewhat. Experts have said that switching to barefoot running without properly transitioning makes you prone to injuries. Only try this one if you’re willing to practise walking barefoot before running.  

Working out in stilettos

This next one actually has some scientific support! Research has suggested that even walking in high-heels (below three inches) can shape the calves and improve muscle tone and shape. By lunging, squatting and lifting small weights while wearing high-heels, balance can also 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.

Everything, but sweatier

‘Hot barre’ is a strange one. This trend 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.

‘Hot yoga’ is still popular, with normal yoga already having a strong following as being useful for back pain relief and such. There are a number of other classes performed in heated pods too.

Who knows what the next fitness fad will be, but based off the last ten years, it’s probably going to be weird…

Sources

https://mashable.com/2018/02/13/plogging-fitness-trend/?europe=true#RFlZ5e3n0mq6

http://www.mandatory.com/living/1059872-twerking-fitness-classes-now-exist

https://footwearnews.com/2017/fashion/womens/high-heel-workouts-lose-weight-449703/

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