Weird and wacky fitness fads over the last decade

Weird fitness and diet trends are nothing new, there’s always something new that a celebrity or your local gym is promoting. Can you recall these four strange fitness crazes — or did you get involved in any of them while working out?

Did you ever go barefoot jogging?

It was at the start of the decade when runners began to wear a running sock instead of classic running trainers. 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.

Although some people still enjoy barefoot jogging now and then, it’s not as popular as a few years ago. Experts have said that switching to barefoot running without properly transitioning makes you prone to injuries though. Therefore, only try this one if you’re willing to practise walking barefoot before running.

Did you ever take part in hot barre?

If you haven’t heard of hot barre, it 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 can also help with muscular issues and become a means to treat knee 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.

Although hot barre isn’t as popular now, there are exercises that are based on the same concept such as hot yoga. This is where classic mindfulness movements are performed in a heated pod — a guaranteed sweat stimulator!

Have you ever been plogging?

Many people started plogging and never looked back. It’s a Scandinavian-based trend that encourages people to pick up litter while out running — improving health and the environment.

How did the word come about? Plogging a mixture of the word jogging and ‘plocka upp’ — a Swedish phrase which translates into English as 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.

Looking for some inspiration? Just check out your social media feeds. 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?

Have you ever done a high-heel workout?

You might not have expected high heels to have health benefits but it’s true! Research has suggested that even walking in high-heels (below three inches) can shape the calves and improve muscle tone and shape.

Why not introduce high heels into your workout wear? Perform a set of squats, lunges or a few lifts of small weights to feel the benefits. It is likely you’ll begin to see your balance get better. 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.

As we come closer to entering 2019, we have to wonder just what next year’s strangest, yet popular fitness trend will be…