This latest fitness class won’t even have you breaking a sweat; here’s the lowdown on Napercise and what it can do for you…

Words Helen Brown

Do you struggle to get your 40 winks? You’re definitely not alone. The frantic, stress-inducing nature of London living means that few of us hit the recommended 6-8 hours a night. And if you’re a parent, even a full five hours might feel like a luxury.

WHAT IS NAPERCISE?

Welcome, Napercise. A new type of wellbeing class for the sleep-deprived. The class, launched by family fitness brand David Lloyd Clubs, consists of nothing but climbing into bed and having a snooze.

Each Napercise class is a 45-minute sleep session designed to help reinvigorate the mind, body, and even burn the odd calorie. But honestly, you won’t be breaking a sweat. The spin-bikes are swapped for single beds, and upbeat tunes ditched in favour of atmospheric sounds. It’s the perfect environment for the soporific sessions to take place. The studio temperature is also be dropped to a level that promotes calorie burning during sleep.

But honestly, you won’t be breaking a sweat. The spin-bikes are swapped for single beds, and upbeat tunes ditched in favour of atmospheric sounds. It’s the perfect environment for the soporific sessions to take place. The studio temperature is also be dropped to a level that promotes calorie burning during sleep. Napercisers will be invited to curl up and indulge in some restorative mid-afternoon shuteye, before continuing on with your day.

WHAT CAN IT DO FOR YOU?

The fitness group was spurred to launch the napercise class after research revealed 86 per cent of parents said they were fatigued. The class also takes inspiration from past academic studies into the important health benefits that napping in the day can bring. These include boosting alertness, alleviating anxiety or stress and improving your mood. The class is predominantly aimed at parents but you actually do not need to have a child to take part. Sleep tight!

The next napercise sessions will be taking place in Bromsgrove on the 8th June and Worcester on the 9th June, with future plans to roll out classes across David Lloyd Clubs nationwide.

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