2016 is here, which means a hangover of guilt from broken new years resolutions past, juxtaposed by a fresh optimism that the new year will bring a renewed motivation to pursue our goals during the coming year. For so many of us, one of these goals is a fit and healthy body. Whether you’re looking to lose weight, tone up, or get as shredded Jake Gyllenhaal in Southpaw, there’s plenty of exciting options to beat that rig into shape. Here’s our list of 7 Top Fitness Trends to stay healthy 2016.
The massive popularity of smartwatches, heart rate monitors, and GPS tracking devices are a testament to their usefulness and practicality. Typically, these devices intelligently monitor and analyse data such as heart rate, steps taken, calories burned, floors climbed and even sleep quality, all packed into a compact wearable form. As effective as they may be as a standalone item when connected to a smartphone or tablet app, they come to life as a powerful tool for setting goals, recording data and tracking progress. As mobility is key, most consumers opting for wrist-wear versions, others are worn on belts, in shoes or on clothing.
Body Weight Training
Who said you need a gym membership or a garage full of fitness equipment to get into the best shape of your life? With body weight training, workouts are focused on using your own body weight to build strength. We’ve all heard of the body weight exercises like push ups, pull ups, sit ups, squats, and lunges. But what about dragon walks, Brock jumps and muscle ups? There’s a wide range of body weight exercises to suit all levels of fitness, and if you don’t have the correct apparatus – IMPROVISE. A quick YouTube search of “ghetto workouts” will soon teach you that a basketball hoop, children’s playground equipment or balcony ledge make a great substitute for a chin-up bar.
High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
HIIT refers to workouts that pack a huge punch in terms of intensity and difficulty, in a small amount of time, and with very short periods of rest between exercises. These are perfect for those with busy schedules who still want to squeeze an effective workout into their day to day lives. One of the most popular HIIT workouts today is that of Tabata, with some sessions lasting no longer than 4 minutes! Some common exercises you might encounter during a HITT session include torso, twists, mountain climbers and jumping jacks.
And why would anyone want to work out for longer than 4 minutes?
Strength training is still one of the top fitness trends of 2016, and it’s not expected to leave anytime soon. For the longest time guys have been hitting the gym to lift weights and hit the machines. To the bench monkeys among us, just know that every pound of steel Arnold Schwarzenegger lifted in the 70’s was not in vain – the art of pumping iron is still alive and well. Wether you’re lifting in the gym or you have an equipment setup at home, remember that each rep you bench press, bicep curl or lat pull, brings you one step closer to the gains you deserve.
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There’s no denying the effectiveness of a personal trainer when you’re looking to reach your health and fitness goals. Employing the services of a personal trainer provides one-on-one training and motivation, customised workouts and even nutrition programs, all of which are helpful when working towards your specific goals. Remember, not all personal trainers are the same, so whether you’re after the gentle sympathetic type, or you prefer one that beats you down like an abusive stepfather, be sure to find the right fit for you. Look for a trainer who will hold you accountable, is easy to communicate with and provides you with a detailed plan and course of action to get you to where you want to be.
Since your trainer knows just about everyone in the gym, they might be able to introduce you to that hottie you’ve been checking out on the treadmill.
For some people, the goal is to improve overall well-being through fitness. Not always just to gain bulk or get shredded, but by achieving a high level of functional fitness. This involves performing exercises that mimic the types of movements your body makes as part of its daily routine thus enhancing coordination, strength and coordination. An increasing number of gyms are offering functional fitness programs, so you might consider checking out your local fitness centre to find out more.
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Yoga is an ancient practice which encompasses the well-being of the body, mind and spirit, through body poses, movement, breathing, concentration and meditation. Yes, you’ve probably seen yoga all over Instagram, but the good news is you don’t need to take photos of yourself posing by the ocean in order to participate. There are all different variations of yoga for a wide range of skill levels offered by yoga studios, gyms and fitness centres everywhere. The best part? The only equipment you need to get started is a yoga mat!
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