The Worst Fitness Trends of All Time
Fitness is not immune to fads. We’ve all seen the commercials advertising workout equipment that won’t be used for more than a month. Our friends at Healthline have a hilarious reminder of the worst fitness trends to come and pass.
A fit figure will always be in style| but too often people want the easy way out. While fitness trends come and go| the endless supply of infomercials and fitness fads are often meant for one purpose u2014 to slim down your wallet.
From fat-burning pills to the Shake Weight| click through the slideshow to learn about some of the odder| yet strangely popular| ways people have marketed fitness.
| The Hawaii Chair
Lots of people would love to lose weight sitting down. Theyu2019re willing to slide| rock| and twist away the pounds from their waistline.
The most blatant opportunistic offender is the Hawaii Chair. Its swiveling base is supposed to tighten your abs while you sit. Unfortunately| sitting is the antithesis of exercise. Nevertheless| the makers of these chairs are millionaires now thanks to people who didnu2019t know any better.
| Things That Vibrate and Jiggle
Sure| those vibrating lap belts from the 1950s seemed like a silly way to stay in shape| but that didnu2019t stop people from making more jiggly things like the Shake Weight. This vibrating dumbbell became a media sensation on novelty value alone.
Youu2019re better off saving the $20| buying regular dumbbells| and doing time-tested exercises like curls| lifts| and presses.
| Toning Shoes
There are a lot of shoes on the market that promise to sculpt everything from your butt down just by walking. Companies like Skechers use celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and Brooke Burke to promote toning shoes as a good way to stay fit. At around $100 for the shoes| they probably cost more than the shoes youu2019re wearing now but they donu2019t do anything different| according to a study by the American Council on Exercise.
| Electric Ab Belts
Someone thought using similar shock technology utilized in some physical therapy treatments was a way for people to get a six pack. These belts shoot electrical impulses into your abs| causing your muscles to contract instantly. The hope is to have abs lean enough to scrub your shirt while youu2019re still wearing it.
Top-of-the-line ab belts can run as high as $200| which is money that can be better spent on a gym membership. The belts donu2019t work| and they can even be dangerous. Would you shock yourself for lower cholesterol? Then donu2019t do it for tighter muscles!
| Pole Dancing
This new exercise trend is all the rage among young women who want to look sexy while getting fit. As videos on the Internet illustrate| home poles often come loose or sweaty hands lose their grip. While pole dancing might bring some spice into exercise| itu2019s best left to highly trained professionals.
[Editor’s note: When done right| pole dancing is an incredible strength-training workout. When getting started| be sure to seek out a pole dancing studio and always make sure your home equipment is installed properly.]
| Weight-Loss Pills and Powders
Weight loss in a pill sounds too good to be true u2014 and it is. These u201cmiracleu201d pills that supposedly boost metabolism often contain hydroxycitric acid| chromium picolinate| or ephedra| which either have absolutely no nutritional value or can cause adverse side effects| especially on the heart.
Your money is better spent on healthier food| or even green tea| a tested way to fight obesity and protect your body against disease.
| (Most) Celebrity Fitness Videos
Jane Fonda| Cher| OJ Simpson| and that guy from Jersey Shore whou2019s always pulling up his shirt might be famous| but that doesnu2019t make them fitness experts. Thereu2019s a lot of junk peddled out there in the name of celebrity endorsement| so be wary of these fitness products. You have to wonder if youu2019ll stick with a DVD longer than some of their fame will last.
Then again| Chuck Norris made one| so they canu2019t all be bad.
| Most Everything in an Infomercial
If it includes bad actors| awkward equipment| unbelievable promises| fine print| and bleach-bottle blondes| itu2019s probably garbage. And thatu2019s the formula for almost all those late-night infomercials hocking magic equipment that target abs| buns| or anything else you want turned into steel.
If you think obtaining the body of a Greek goddess for four easy installments of $19.99 sounds ridiculous| then youu2019ve got your head on straight.
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The moral of the story: itu2019s not a workout if thereu2019s no work involved.
The key to staying in shape is getting exercise| eating a balanced diet| and drinking adequate amounts of water. The important part of fitness is sticking to an activity. Find one you like and stick to it to get fit and stay in shape.
u2014 Brian Krans
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