Napercise – The Next Fitness Trend?

A David Lloyd Fitness Club in England is offering a new class. It’s called Napercise and it’s the first of it’s kind. Unlike most fitness classes which are designed to make you work up a sweat, Napercise is targeted towards busy parents looking to catch up on sleep rather than burn calories from a strenuous workout.

The group fitness class includes 15 minutes of light stretching followed by 45 minutes of intense napping. The “workout” room is complete with beds, blankets, eye masks and will be set to the ideal sleeping temperature while playing soothing music. The class takes place in the mid-afternoon and is free for all the gym’s members.

Napercise was developed with the help of sleep expert Kathryn Pinkham, who says: “Sleep is a lot more important than people realize.” She adds,

“In addition to a lack of sleep bringing with it a higher risk of developing anxiety or depression, when we are sleep deprived we lack the energy to exercise regularly, and also the mental clarity to make good decisions about the food we eat, which could negatively impact our physical health in the long-run.”

The gym also cites a 2009 study as scientific evidence that naps are a great way to increase energy and alleviate stress and anxiety. The study includes research from other studies as well which all agree on the extraordinary health benefits of naps. The science behind these studies helped the gym decide on factors such as time of the class, room temperature and duration of the nap time.

The class is only offered at one of the David Lloyd gyms right now, however the plan is to expand the class to their other gyms around the UK. We have to admit it’s an interesting concept and it’s certainly created a buzz around the web. But will classes such as Napercise make it to the U.S.? Many of us hope so. Nonetheless, opponents of the idea don’t understand why people can’t just take a nap at home. Those people probably don’t have children.

The thought of getting away and going to the gym for some rest and relaxation sounds like an excellent addition to our workout plan.