A look at some of the weirdest fitness fads over the past decade

Every year, we see a new fitness craze sweep exercise classes across the globe. But, what are some of the strangest fitness fads that we’ve seen over the past decade?

Hot barre

New York and Los Angeles are two of the cities where we see many weird and wonderful exercise fads begin. And this is where the trend of ‘hot barre’ first took off also.

This exercise 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. It has potential to improve aches and pains such as a pain in knee joint or muscular pain. 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 might’ve heard of ‘hot yoga’ which is still popular today — this involved classic mindfulness being performed in a heated pod — a guaranteed sweat stimulator.

Jogging without shoes

Around 2010, a fitness fad that involved runners began. It saw runners trading in their running shoes for a form of running ‘sock’.

Some people still enjoy the sport today and they say 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.

However, it’s not as popular as it once was. 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.

Exercising in high-heels

In the past ten years, high-heels have been recognised for being beneficial during exercise. Research has suggested that even walking in high-heels (below three inches) can shape the calves and improve muscle tone and shape.

Through 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.

Eco-friendly jogging

‘Plogging’ is fad that we’ve seen come about this year. It’s a Scandinavian based trend that encourages people to pick up litter while out running — improving health and the environment.

Where does the term ‘plogging’ come from? It comes from the word jogging and the Swedish phrase ‘plockaupp’ 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.

Ploggers are getting involved on social media too — showing images of them in running gear with plastic bags ready to fill with litter. Could we see this trend become widespread sometime soon?

From eco-jogging to sweaty yoga, who knows what the next strange fitness trend will be?


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