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Looking to Lose Weight? Try the “Prancercise” [VIDEO]

Update Date: May 31, 2013 01:58 PM EDT
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Forget treadmills and elliptical at the gym, a new workout might become the next big thing in fitness. This new fad, called Prancercise, created by Joann Rohrback, is described on the website to be "a springy, rhythmic way of moving forward, similar to a horse's gait and ideally induced by elation." Prancercise looks like a weird and strange form of walking and could definitely attract stares. The video demonstrating what Prancercise is has surely gotten a lot of views and hype.

This video was taken last December according to CBS News. In the clip, Rohrback teaches people what Prancercise nvolved and how it can liven up boring cardio routines.

"This form of movement, along with dietary and spiritual principles can create the most satisfying, holistic and successful fitness program one could hope to experience," the creator wrote on the website as well. According to Platkin, she burned 4.2 calories per minute doing the exercise, which is just below brisk walking, which burns 7.6 calories per minute. Since this exercise is relatively low-impact, it could be a good routine for older people to remain active but not risk any injuries that could result from light jogging.

Other health experts have weighed in on this type of exercise routine. Dr. Charles Platkin, a lecturer at CUNY School of Public Health from Hunter College in New York City, stated that Prancercise seems interesting. Although this fitness trend just started to pick up with over two million people watching the Internet clip, it was actually created back in 1989. Rohrback is also the author of "Prancercise: The Art of Physical and Spiritual Excellence."

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