When life gets you down, the last thing you want to do is drag yourself to the gym. I feel you. It’s tough, especially for parents that work a nine to five job and come home to playful children. Even college students struggle with trying to balance schoolwork on top of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Don’t you wish you could somehow exercise and rest at the same time?
One man heard our wishes and created a unique gym class for busy parents and tired millennials. David Lloyd created Napercise, a workout routine that balances both exercise and relaxation into one package. Say goodbye to heavy weights and uphill treadmills. Your bed awaits you.
According to research by The David Lloyd Club, a quarter of parents get less than five hours of sleep a night. College students might have similar sleeping hours due to their heavy coursework, annoying commutes and the odd job on the side. We’re a society where being in the workforce or focusing on your studies means sacrificing sleep. It’s time we start changing that.
The David Lloyd Club describes the class as a way to “boost [your] mental and physical wellbeing” on their website.
Our mid-afternoon studio sleep sessions are 45-minutes long and are designed to reinvigorate the mind, the body and even burn the odd calorie.
But wait a second… If we’re taking a nap, how are we going to lose calories? Let me reveal how the class works.
Participants begin with about 15 minutes of light stretching and are then given 45 minutes of blissfully uninterrupted sleep. People are also given eye masks, fluffy pillows and comfy blankets. In addition, the room is even set to “an ideal temperature for slumber” to complete the experience.
Since it’s a light workout, don’t expect to replace your normal workout routine with this class. Rather than being geared for losing weight, Napercise is designed to help regain energy and increase concentration by setting aside time to count sheep. Katheryn Pinkham, a sleep expert at Dreams who also collaborated with David Lloyd, told Independent that the class would ensure a healthier lifestyle.
Sleep is a lot more important than people realize. 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.
Napercise feels like a dream come true. Sadly, there’s a catch. As of now, David Lloyd Clubs are only based in the UK. Who knows? If it’s a hit in England, maybe someone here can make their own Napercise class.