If the thought of punishing yourself for a weekend of excess in a gruelling spin class this evening is too much, we have just the class for you.
David Lloyd Gyms has launched a brand new health and fitness project that requires little more than taking a really good nap for 45 minutes.
The fitness giants were motivated to launch the class, aptly titled ‘napercise’, after conducting research into how tired their members really are. A staggering 86 per cent of parents described themselves as fatigued. As a result, this class is predominantly aimed at people with kids – a welcome and quiet place to get away from the din of family life – but, after a tough week of working and smashing it, we could all do with making like a toddler and enjoying a communal lie-down once a week.
Class mates will be treated to comfortable single beds fitted with hygienic sheets, pillows and blankets. The room will be piped with restful “atmospheric” sounds and kept at a temperature that promotes calorie burning during sleep. Sadly, for those who work nine-to-fives, it will take place in the mid afternoon, but if you can sneak in a session halfway through the working day, even better.
Speaking to The Independent, Dreams sleep expert Kathryn Pinkham, who worked with David Lloyd on the new class, said taking proper rests like this has a positive effect on overall fitness.
“Sleep is a lot more important than people realise,” she said. “We tend to focus on the short-term effects such as being tired or lacking concentration but it is also essential for our long-term physical and mental wellbeing too.
“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.”
What can we say. We’re into it. Where do we sign?