Researchers have located that the ‘Silly Walks’ with the kicks, squats, twists, and excessive strides portrayed in Monty Python’s Flying Circus, is a good workout. Scientists used metabolic measure apparatus on volunteers who recreated the silly walks, or what in technical jargon is described as ‘low efficiency walking,’ which included playing the regular walks used in the series. They found that the comedic gaits more than doubled the energy cost of those taking an everyday stroll. For many, silly walks modify as active exercise or a high-intensity workout and improve their cardiorespiratory wellness.
Physiologist and kinesiologist Siddhartha Angadi says, “Inefficiency promotes effort maximization. The advantage of walking Teabag-style is that you can hit American Heart Association/American College of Sports Medicine guidelines for vigorous activity with as little as 11 minutes per day. Inefficiency à la Monty Python has the added benefit that it’s hilarious for the onlooker, too. Laughter is terrific medicine and has been shown to lower blood pressure and improve vascular function, pain tolerance, and vascular stiffness. What other public health intervention can boast of healthful effects in the user and the non-user?”