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This Workout Looks Crazy, but You Should Try It

Suspend that disbelief — hanging upside down may actually help you

If performances like those by Cirque du Soleil or even your kids’ gymnastics class inspire you to soar through the air, bend in ways you didn’t think were still possible, and get in a good workout all at the same time — 2017 may be your year.

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Sports like acro bungee and aerial dance aren’t necessarily new, but they’re slowly being introduced into more gyms across the country.

The bungee course is described as “a fun, total-body cardio workout that tones and builds muscle while doubling as a dynamic circus performance art.” Instructors won’t put you in a position you can’t handle — so take those excuses off the table. They should start you off slowly, teaching you some basic bounces and poses. Then it appears the sky — or somewhere near it — is literally the limit.

Aerial dance, yoga, and silks are some other sports that seem to really be taking flight nationwide. They’re worth checking out especially if you’re looking to vary your workouts this year. The courses are known for helping build core and upper body strength, increasing flexibility, and offering a good workout.

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For those who suffer from an aching back or neck, arthritis, scoliosis — even a herniated disc — practitioners and some health experts claim the practice of hanging upside down with these sports may even help ease painful symptoms.

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