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Work Out & Rock Out to Anime Tunes

Health Music Video Evangelion Otaku

Each episode of Anison Fitness clocks in at just five minutes, airing from 10:35 to 10:40 on Wednesday nights, and showcases a different aerobics-style exercise routine, to be performed in conjunction with a famous anime theme song.

The show’s producers have even been generous enough to start sharing some of the routines online, starting with one of the most iconic anime songs of all time: “A Cruel Angel’s Thesis” from Neon Genesis Evangelion.

Given that the target market is more “people who need to get off the couch for a few more minutes a day” than “hardcore fitness buffs,” nothing in the routine is too terribly strenuous. Still, it covers a wide variety of motions so as to get all of your limbs as well as your core involved.

If you had trouble catching everything, Anison Fitness also has a video that walks you through many of the steps at a slower pace.

Conversely, if you’re looking for a greater challenge, you can fiddle with YouTube’s playback settings to run the video at 1.5 or two times its normal speed, so that the quicker tempo gives you a more vigorous cardiovascular workout.

So next time you're on a serious anime binge, just take five minutes to do some aerobics to keep your heart happy and healthy!

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