Exercise: You're Doing It Wrong

"Prancercise® may be considered a revolutionary form of aerobics someday."
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We've all been exercising and walking incorrectly, according to this video circulating today. Here's what we know so far. Prancercise -- actually, Prancercise® -- is "a springy, rhythmic way of moving forward, similar to a horse's gait." It involves ankle weights that double, creatively, as hand weights. It involves music. It involves, optionally, sassy workout wear. It involves, less optionally, "using imagery to imagine ourselves as a beautiful animal that's a symbol of beauty, strength, and endurance while we're exercising in order to free our minds of any self image that may be less appealing." 

Prancercise® was invented and trademarked by social worker Joanna Rohrback. The invention is actually not new -- it took place in the late 1980s (when else?) in Florida (where else?). It's now being revitalized around the publication of Rohrback's book, Prancercise: The Art of Physical and Spiritual Excellence, which begins:

Prancercise® may be considered a revolutionary form of aerobics someday. Just as Isadora Duncan revolutionized dance with her new techniques and approaches at the turn of the century, so do I project Prancercise® could change the course of approaches and techniques towards fitness indefinitely.

The video is all you really need to know to come to terms with the fact that everything you assumed about the necessarily isolated practices of exercising, walking, and prancing is wrong.  


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Megan Garber is a staff writer at The Atlantic. She was formerly an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab, where she wrote about innovations in the media.

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