Leave your sports shoes and towel at home: all you need are tired eyes for this class.
A new exercise fad is taking the world by storm: napping. Yes, you read that right. People are eagerly signing up to get some shut-eye on tiny mats on a gym floor.
It’s a fad in the UK called ‘Napercise’, and it’s helping to provide people with an official chance to get more rest.
How can you take part? A premier workout space called David Lloyd Clubs is offering the 1-hour class, which provides participants with 15 minutes of light stretching and 45 minutes of sleeping.
It’s described on the company’s website as a great way to “reinvigorate the mind, improve moods, and even burn the odd calorie.”
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The gym gives nappers a pillow, a bed, blankets and an eye mask, and the rest is up to you.
So, is there any difference between napping at the club vs napping at home? Not really- well, aside from the fact that it’s done as a group. Other than that though, sleeping is pretty much sleeping.
And while this may seem ridiculous to sign up and pay to do it, having to mark in it your schedule could make some people more likely to give themselves a mid-day rest. Just like signing up and paying to workout can motivate you to get moving.
Studies have shown that taking a mid-day nap boosts learning capacity and can help sleepers to better handle their stress. So, grab your pillow and get to the gym. You don’t have to tell them you’ll be sleeping.