Surprising Fitness Trends From Around the World

If you’re finding it hard to keep up with all the fitness trends taking over social media, you’re in for a little surprise. There’s no doubt that interests vary from culture to culture, and it’s no different when it comes to exercise.

Fitness Trends From Across the Globe

Move over Zumba and HIIT, the different workout routines practiced around the globe are here to leave you wanting to try something new.

1. Parkour, France

Surprising Fitness Trends From Around the World

Founded by Frenchman David Bella, Parkour has been gaining in popularity over the last 10 years in France.

In English, Parkour means “the path” and is a type of military obstacle course training where the individual practices the art of running up walls, balancing on rails and leaping across rooftops.

Parkour improves balance, strength and coordination of the mind and body. If you’re ready to spruce up your workouts, you may want to give this one a try!

2. Capoeira, Brazil

Surprising Fitness Trends From Around the World

A type of martial arts in Brazil, Capoeira involves dancing and acrobatics. Capoeira dates back to the 16th century when it was said African slaves had to hide their practice of martial arts to the curious bystander through the less combative movements of Capoeira.

Capoeira is a powerful workout that improves focus, strength and mobility. Not only is Capoeira an effective exercise to engage in, the activity brings a ton of fun to all the performers and the audience.

3. Bossaball, Spain

Surprising Fitness Trends From Around the World

An extremely popular sport in Spain, Bossaball combines the elements of different sports, such as volleyball, football and Capoeira. The Bossaball athlete plays this sport on a giant inflatable trampoline as they bounce to hit the ball over the net.

Bossaball has slowly started to spread all over the world and is now played in different countries, such as German, Portugal and France.

4. Mermaid Swimming, Australia

Surprising Fitness Trends From Around the World

It’s the best of both worlds — get fit while making your mermaid dreams come true! Mermaid classes are a popular form of water aerobics where participants get to wear a fun mermaid tail and work on their core and overall strength.

Mermaid classes engage individuals with exciting music led by a fitness instructor who guides them through different swimming and dance exercises.

5. Unicycling, Great Britain

Surprising Fitness Trends From Around the World

We all know how important it is to improve our balance, but the British have taken the idea to another level with their popular sport — unicycling.

While this exercise calls for a lot of balance and concentration, unicyclists have to constantly work the pedal and keep moving in order to stay upright and avoid falling over.

Unicycling is practiced on mountains, hiking trails and designated biking areas, giving the rider a good set of legs and a challenging edge to their workout.

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