New fitness crazes are popping up all the time as individuals look to keep in shape in creative ways. But, what are some of the strangest fitness fads that we’ve seen over the past decade?
Best 4 Unorthodox Fitness Trends
In 2010, a fitness fad came along that saw runners ditching their shoes when it comes to jogging around the block.
Those in support of this crazy running fad say that running wit shoes on discourages the body’s natural 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.
Although some people still follow the trend, 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.
Mixing fitness with ecological wellbeing. 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 a combination of the English word ‘jogging’ and ‘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.
People 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?
You don’t just have to wear those expensive shoes when it comes to socialising. Research has suggested that even walking in high-heels (below three inches) can shape the calves and improve muscle tone and shape.
Doing all the usual routines such as 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.
Americans don’t shy away from coming up with inventive ideas and this is no exception.
Bump a rooms temperature up to 40 degrees then throw on your ballet shoes for some classical ballet dancing, and you’ve got Hot Barre. 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.
The fad has spread to other exercises too; yoga, long loved for its reputation for helping to ease pain for arthritis and joint troubles, now has a ‘hot yoga’ variation.
From barefoot jogging to working out in stilettos, who knows what the next strange fitness trend will be?