byNanci Hellmich, USA TODAY
Looking for a new exercise to mix up your routine? How about Prancercise?
A Prancercise video - in which the star and creator Joanna Rohrback imitates the moves of a horse including a prance, trot and gallop - has gone viral. It has had more than 2.3 million views.
The Prancercise website describes the program as "a springy, rhythmic way of moving forward, similar to a horse's gait and ideally induced by elation."
The website says Prancercise uses "imagery to imagine ourselves as a beautiful animal that's a symbol of beauty, strength and endurance while we're exercising in order to free our minds of any self image that may be less appealing."
Exercise experts are offering their two cents.
"Can you imagine walking around your city doing this? I can't," says Jill Ross, co-owner of Collage Video (collagevideo.com) in Minneapolis. "I think you'd become a traffic hazard because drivers would become distracted watching you."
Tim Church, director of preventive medicine research at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, adds, "If Prancercise is your thing, then good luck with it. Whatever floats your boat.
"But are people watching it because it's a joke, or are they watching it because they want to do Prancercise?" Church says.