Prancercise's official website
describes the exercise as a
springy, rhythmic way of moving forward, similar to a horse's gait and ideally
induced by elation. The video, which garnered many hits and drew
enthusiastic responses on YouTube, has Joanna Rohrback, dressed in pink and
white, and imitating the galloping and trotting moves of horses, catching
And it's not just a video, Rohrback has also penned down a
book, Prancercise: The Art of Physical and Spiritual Excellence, which details
the exercise, and several diet plans paired along with it.
Developed in the late 1980s, Prancercise seems to have made a
thunderous re-entry into the world of healthy living. The exercise video, which
includes a 'Prancercise trot'
which involves alternating arm movements,
a 'Prancercise gallop'
involving a springy jaunt with a wider swing of
arms and a 'Prancercise box,'
which involves ankle weights to be moved
to the arms, used for punching the air, has the founder demonstrating the moves
While the video seems to have
become popular, it's the exercise in particular, that adds to the sheen. Where
yoga burns around 2.92 calories per minute, Prancercise burns a whopping 4.2
calories per minute on an average.
To add to that, Prancercise seems
to combine an aspect of mind-body medicine to the exercise too. According to
the website, Prancercise uses imagery to imagine ourselves as a horse - a
symbol of beauty, strength and endurance, shooing away all kinds of negative
self images that one may have, during exercising
. This combination of a
spiritual activity with a light aerobic exercise may be hard to find, which is
why, a lot of people actually want to give it a try. Judging by the
enthusiastic comments following the YouTube video of Prancercise that took the
Web by storm, people tied to their desks for long work hours are ready to jump
out of their cubicles and prance around the office room to beat the monotony of
work and energize their mind and body.
How well does Prancercise work for you? Well, you'll
have to find that out for yourself.