The world of fitness is always evolving. Whether it’s because there is a new scientific study out or a new zany way to make exercise creative, it’s important to stay on top of the trends so you can maximize your workout routine. No one wants to be left out of what’s cool! Read on to learn some of the top fitness fads for the upcoming year.
It’s not just the FitBit and the Apple Watch anymore, there are dozens of cool, wearable monitors on the market. Pop on a watch and you can track your active and resting heart rate, sleep patterns, breathing rhythms, steps per day, and so much more. You can then access everything online with the push of a button. Taking a look at that data can help you identify any red flags and maximize your workouts.
Nowadays, you can get exercise tips, routines and trainers all on your smartphone. This way, you can work out on your schedule and in the comfort of your own home. By simply downloading an app, you can access hundreds of exercise options ranging from yoga to marathon training to core strengthening routines. What’s not to love?
HIIT, or High Intensity Interval Training, has been around for several years, but it is gaining popularity each year. The intervals can be anywhere between 20 and 45 seconds with an active rest period of 10-15 seconds between each burst of activity. Actions might be push-ups, mountain climbers, squats, ab exercises, and other similar activities. The goal is to work your hardest during the intervals to drive up your heart rate and burn calories with efficiency.
Specialized Fitness Centers
Gyms can offer people classes galore, but for some fitness trends, you need a specialized boutique gym that specializes in something specific. Examples include Pilates, because some of the machines they use are too large and expensive for all gyms to have on-hand, and Orange Theory, which also has its own extensive set of equipment.
The most important thing is to do something and to try to make it a regular habit. However you decide to keep moving, maintaining a consistent fitness routine will do wonders for your overall health. Find something that works for you, and stick with it. You can do it!