Wednesday 31 October 2018

fitness fads - including high heel workouts ♥

Trench Coat - Zara  |  Black Cycling Shorts - PLT  |  Heels - Primark  |  Black Crop Top - PLT
So for today's blog post I wanted to do a bit of everything. I wanted to talk about my surprisingly comfy outfit and also different fitness routines that have caused a few frowns in the past. I thought this post went pretty well together considering I am posing in a pair of cycling shorts - I wonder whether this will be a strange fitness fad in a few years time? There have been quite a few fitness trends emerge across gyms and exercises classes throughout the last decade. Including barefoot jogging...several runners began to don a form of running ‘sock’ as opposed to their running shoes. 

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. I think I'll stick with my trainers though. While barefoot jogging still has a few supporters, 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.   
Now I hadn't actually heard of Hot Barre before. It first became popular among fitness fanatics living in New York and Los Angeles. This craze 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. 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. One fitness trend that is currently popular and follows a similar train of thought as ‘hot barre’ is ‘hot yoga’. 

This is where classic mindfulness movements are performed in a heated pod — a guaranteed sweat stimulator whilst simultaneously looking to help ease knee joint painThe crazy fitness routine is called plogging. It may only have started becoming popular this year. However, some people haven’t looked back since. It’s a Scandinavian-based trend that encourages people to pick up litter while out running — improving health and the environment. Plogging’ as a word comes from 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. If you want to get inspired to do some plogging, 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? I think I'll stick with regular squatting. 
Finally we have a very daring fitness routine. Wearing high heels when doing a workout has been found to offer a variety of benefits. Research has suggested that even walking in high-heels (below three inches) can shape the calves and improve muscle tone and shape. When you get the opportunity, slip on some high heels and perform a set of squats, lunges or a few lifts of small weights. 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 though. 

For my fitness routine I have started the 30 day ab challenge, it consists of a 30 day guide with a mixture of crunches, sit ups and plank methods for toning your stomach. Now when it came to putting this outfit together, I have taken inspiration from my beloved Kim K and ordered a pair of cycling shorts. I absolutely love this outfit but I do find it amusing that a popular sports outfit is now plastered over Instagram and popular fashion websites. You can read more about the plogging, twerking and high heel workouts here ♥

1 comment

  1. I have never heard of working out in heels before. Definitely interesting! Love this outfit as well.


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