15 weird exercise fads to get you into shape
The good, the bad and the utterly bizarre...
It's all well and good being told that exercising leads to a healthy body and mind, but running on a conveyor belt isn't exactly inspiring.
Gyms are often full of chunky men, making love to themselves in the mirror as they lift more weights than you will ever manage.
To get you out of the gym, we've short-listed 15 weird work-outs that may actually inspire you to get moving (...although there's strong chance they won't).
- Reward your exercise efforts with free brownies, popcorn and flapjacks - and that's just the start...
1. Baby yoga
First find a baby (we recommend checking with the kid's mum before) and fling the baby around. 'It's very good for babies and not dangerous at all’, says Lena Fokina, a qualified PE teacher.
Um, no, doesn't look it at all....
2. Antigravity yoga
You get to sit in a springy hammock and bounce around like a small child in a baby grow. Align your body while pretending to be an extra in the circus.
3. Spin karaoke
As if spinning wasn’t hard enough, try exercising your vocal cords at the same time. Pick your tune and sing/sweat from your bike...
4. Glee Sing-a-thon
Sticking with the singing theme...
Are you a Glee fan? How does dancing up a sweat to the soundtrack sound? Singing is not optional.
5. Kangoo jumping
Embrace your inner kangaroo by donning a pair of ‘kangoos’. They’re a lot more stable than they look apparently...
6. Face yoga
Pulling funny faces actually has some benefits. Making 'the owl' and 'the puffer fish’ can actually smooth wrinkles, firm jaw lines and create a healthy glow.
And you can even do it at your desk...
7. Cat yoga
Get in some quality time with your feline friend. You basically do the standard yoga moves and the cat joins in if he/she can be bothered. Perhaps you'll have to entice them with some catnip.
8. Snake yoga
You’ll be so busy being scared of the snakes, you’ll forget you’re burning calories. Or so we think anyway. Any class where you have to siss at a snake is just plain wrong.
9. Dance dance party party
‘No boys, no booze, no judgement’ that’s the motto of Dance Dance Party Party. The thought of dancing without any alcohol may be terrifying, but once you start you’ll soon feel like your 9-year-old self, busting moves at a school disco.
Oh to be care-free (and sweaty).
10. Paddleboard yoga
You guessed it, it’s yoga on a paddleboard (big fancy surfboard). You paddle out to an area in the sea, secure your board to a rope and try desperately hard not to fall in whilst you do the downward dog etc...
11. Rave exercise class
It’s like being in Ibiza. Sort of. Anyway, the class is held in a darkened room with strobe lighting. Bonus: you go crazy on a mini trampoline for 45 mins, while waving glow sticks in the air. Fun.
12. Sauna suits
Firstly, these are not bin bags. The rubbery waterproof suits are meant to make you sweat out more pounds per session. Don’t be surprised if you faint though.
13. Dumbbell Eating Utensils
Working out your guns and eating at the same time - clever! Setting the table would be a workout in itself...
14. 50 ‘Shapes’ of Grey
Of course there’s a workout inspired by the S&M moves in 50 Shades of Grey. Silly us! You’ll learn ‘the sexy scissor’ and ‘the seductive squat’. And if the instructors called Christian, you could be in for an after-class treat...
15. Naked yoga
Remove clothes and lose your dignity...quickly.