Have You Tried These Fitness Trends?
If this is your year to get in shape and stay in shape, there are some great fitness trends around at the moment. And even though they are considered trends, the chances of them staying around for years to come is exceptionally high.
Truth is, weight loss is a lifestyle and not a fad. It’s a result of a consistent effort that involves exercise, proper food intake, and the right amount of rest. There’s no reason not to jump on board with one or all of these fitness trends.
6 Super Fitness Trends For 2017
1. Wearable Tech Gear
Wearable tech comes in the form of devices like Fitbit and even the iWatch from Apple. People are using fitness trackers, pedometers, heart rate monitors to stay on track and monitor their progress. Some of these devices even monitor your sleep patterns and can let you know if you’re getting healthy amounts of sleep, if your sleep is disruptive, even if you aren’t aware of waking up during the night.
However, you need to remember that these devices don’t magically make you lose weight, eat better or get in shape. They simply motivate you to keep track of your progress and give you the motivation to do better.
2. HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training)
HIIT is popular because it can be fun, but you also reap some good benefits. This is when you take your normal routine and add in short burst of high intensity training. For example, if you walk or jog, you would take off running for a short time or distance. This gets your heart rate up, quickly. After a minute or two, you resume your normal pace and let your heart rate come down, say about five minutes of normal walking. You would then do another sudden burst of running or jumping.
Doing this a few times helps strengthen your heart and helps you build endurance. A lot of people tend to skip over the importance of building endurance, but it’s something we definitely need more of in our hectic lives.
3. Strength Training
Strength training is one of those fitness trends that won’t go away. It helps increase muscle mass and boost your metabolism. Don’t worry though, normal strength training is not going to give you huge, bulky muscles. Getting those takes a huge amount of work, a special diet and workout schedule. Basic strength training simply allows you to tone your muscles and keep them in shape as you age. If you’ve been out of shape for a long time and started to see muscle deterioration, you can get some of that muscle back by adding strength training to your daily or weekly routine.
Studies show that if you strength train for ten weeks, it can help increase your resting metabolic rate by 7%. That’s actually a huge boost in calorie burning during the times you’re sleeping or taking a break.
Yoga has been hugely popular for a long time and it isn’t going out of style anytime soon. People love the fact that yoga, although it’s very active for your muscles, it’s also gentle and helps you gain a sense of peace and awareness. It’s not some spiritual ‘woo-woo’ method of getting fit, although you can add spiritual awareness to the poses if you choose. It helps you get more in tune with your body while decreasing all the chatter in your mind. It can help you lower stress and increase your sense of well-being. If you’re not familiar with yoga practice, then you can pick up some great yoga instruction online for next to nothing.
5. Group Training
Group training is great for people who aren’t motivated on their own to keep working out. Exercising with a group can be a lot of fun. It also improves your social skills, allows you to be around other people who are getting in shape and can also help you find new friends who will motivate you, inspire you and hold you accountable.
6. Bodyweight Training
Bodyweight training is popular because you don’t need to purchase any equipment. You simply use your own bodyweight and resistance to tone your muscles. It’s also a great way to start preparing for strength training if you intend to add strength training to your regimen at a future date.
Free 4 Minute Bodyweight Training Video
Most folks who have lost weight know you have to exercise to burn fat and stay in shape. What very few people realize is that you may be exercising too much. Short workouts of around 21 minutes have been scientifically proven to give you all the benefits of longer workouts. By incorporating the bodyweight exercises into your workout you can burn plenty of extra calories. You’ll also pack on some muscle which will increase the amount of calories you burn while resting. Check out this Free Bodyweight Exercise Video that shows some great workout routines for weight loss where you can burn more body fat in 4 minutes than a typical half hour boring treadmill session.