If you want to try out a new fitness fad, there’s always something crazy happening at our gyms every so often. Join us as we remember some of the past decade’s strangest fitness fads…
A new style of running without trainers
2010 saw a new running revolution.It all started when a group of runners made the decision to swap their running shoes for a type of running ‘sock’. 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.
The sporting activity still continues. However, if you’re considering it, you should be careful. 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.
Workouts with high heels
Did you know that there are benefits to be gained from doing your workout in high heel? Research has suggested that even walking in high-heels (below three inches) can shape the calves and improve muscle tone and shape.
Leave your workout trainers behind and opt for high heels and perform lunges, squats and lift small weights to feel the benefit. Your balance can also be enhanced. 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.
The popularity of hot barre
Is ‘hot barre’ new to you? It’s the fitness craze that first became popular across Los Angeles and New York. 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.
You many have come across some of thespin-offs of the craze such as ‘hot yoga’ classes that take place today. This is where classic mindfulness movements are performed in a heated pod — a guaranteed sweat stimulator.
Plogging to improve your health and the environment
Have you spotted any ploggers taking to your local streets?Plogging a Scandinavian-based trend that encourages people to pick up litter while out running — improving health and the environment.
Where exactly does the word come from?The word jogging along with the Swedish phrase ‘plockaupp’ — meaning pick up — is where the term ‘plogging’ originates. 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.
Turn to social media and you’ll see the trend spreading fast.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?
Who know which weird fitness fads we’ll see in 2019? Only time will tell!
The research and creation of this article was carried out by Lee Dover, on behalf of a specialist provider of products offering relief for knee. Lee Dover is a senior copywriter at Mediaworks with an interest in healthcare as well as researching into healthier ways of living. He has a BA (Hons) in Magazine Journalism.