Have the latest weird and wacky fitness fads passed you by?

Weird fitness and diet trends are always coming and going. Plus, 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?

Have you thought about barefoot jogging?

Runners began to wear a running sock instead of classic running trainers at the beginning of the decade. 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 popularity of barefoot jogging has lessened but there are still specialist clubs supporting the trend, if you want to give it a go? 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.  

Have you joined in the craze of hot barre?

If you’re not familiar with the specifics 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 method of treating 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.

Hot yoga is also based on the same concept. This is where classic mindfulness movements are performed in a heated pod — a guaranteed sweat stimulator!

A brand-new concept: plogging

Plogging is 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 to get a glimpse of some ploggers in action? 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?

A high-heel workout can bring extra benefits

It’s true, exercising in high heels really does have health benefits! Research has suggested that even walking in high-heels (below three inches) can shape the calves and improve muscle tone and shape.

Why not pack your high heels in your gym bag, for your next workout? 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.

With 2019 just around the corner, we have to wonder just what next year’s strangest, yet popular fitness trend will be…