Prancercise, an exercise method developed by Joanna Rohrback where participants prance around similar to a child imitating a horse’s gait has been the bunt of many jokes. But a weight loss and health expert says prancercise has real value as an exercise method.
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When the original prancercise video was released on YouTube it became a viral sensation mainly because viewers found it entertaining to watch a 60 year old woman prancing around like a horse. The original video has received over 11 million views and just this week 2 and a half years after its first release regained its place as the top trending video of the week on YouTube.
But health, weight loss and fitness expert Don Winfield says viewers should get past the humor value and give this exercise and other exercise methods they see a try. With sedentary lifestyles leading to obesity, heart disease and diabetes any exercise program that a person persists with has value and programs like prancercise can be appealing for many people with relatively low injury risk.
Winfield says instead of joking about how Joanna Rohrback looks like she’s pretending to be a pony people who are inactive behind their computers watching her YouTube videos may consider getting up and participating themselves. Even just a few minutes of activity like that can significantly reduce insulin levels, increase feelings of well being and have a wide range of health benefits.
Winfield says many exercise regimes are considered strange or unusual when they first appear. Prancercise is very similar in its benefits to the low impact aerobics that became so popular with fitness videos in the 1980s. Today no one is really arguing about the health benefits of aerobics and doctors will often recommend a patient should take some aerobics classes to enhance their fitness and lose some weight.
Winfield says it may seem ridiculous now but it’s very possible that in 20 years time the medical and fitness establishment will see prancercise in the same way as they see aerobics now…as another set of fitness exercises that have real value to a section of the population.
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