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FIGHTING THE FLAB LIKE A WARRIOR


Samurai swords, once the weapon of choice for Japanese warriors, are now being used by women to fi ght the fl ab in a new fi tness craze in Tokyo. The Samurai Camp classes, which are set to


techno music, feature dance moves that were apparently performed by Samurai warriors after battles – although for obvious safety reasons, the swords are only made from wood and urethane foam. A one-hour session costs JPY2,000 (about £15) and the aim is to lose 11 pounds in a month. The class was invented by Takafuji Ukon, a


choreographer, dancer and fi tness expert. Ukon designed the moves with men in mind, but was instead an instant hit with women – he told newspapers that more than 100 signed up for the classes in his studio. Samurai Camp night classes are also now said to be reaching their maximum capacity, with new instructors being quickly trained for a rollout to other cities.


SCOTS GET A CEILIDH CLASS WORKOUT


Move over the Diski Dance and Bollywood fi tness classes – a new source of inspiration for dance-based gym sessions can be found much closer to home: Scotland. The ceilidh, the traditional


dance of Scotland, is a set routine performed by groups of couples who swap position and partners in a series of steps, in time to traditional music which gradually speeds up. People taking part in a ceilidh can


apparently burn up to 400 calories in an hour, and now it’s becoming a popular alternative to aerobic classes in Scotland, with venues such as pubs hosting the sessions.


fi tness key to a love life later on


Looking to boost gym membership among older adults? Then why not try this selling point: regular exercise is a key ingredient to maintaining a love life into your 80s. A US study has found that people


who keep fi t and healthy still show interest in sex at 80. In comparison, those who don’t exercise ditched action in the bedroom up to 20 years earlier. In addition, healthy


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people have sex one or more times a week and report a better quality of love-making. The study looked at the sex lives


of more than 6,000 people in the age groups of 25–74 and 57–85. The difference between genders was most signifi cant in the older age group, where 39 per cent of men, compared to 17 per cent of women, were sexually active.


PARKOUR SITE PLANNED FOR CENTRAL LONDON


Parkour, a form of free-running where you try to get from one point to another as quickly as possible, used to be something most people only watched others do on TV. However, this alternative urban sport


is becoming more mainstream and now Westminster City Council has confi rmed plans for the creation of the UK’s latest purpose-built outdoor parkour facility. Located at Westminster Academy – in


Westbourne Green, central London – the new site will incorporate obstacles such as walls, rails and stairs and will be open to participants of all abilities. Work is due to start in October, for completion in early 2011.


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