Needless to say, fitness is a state of being physically fit and healthy. It’s a condition of feeling good and looking good at the same time, which everyone fervently aspires to achieve. But like that of style and fashion, it goes with the trends. Based on the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), from among the top trends that are ranked by thousands of professionals across the globe, there are five chosen trends that will surely dominate gyms and health clubs around the world this coming 2017. To all fitness enthusiasts out there, gear up and take the plunge.
- Digital Age Takes Over
Wearable technology devours the no. 1 spot on the list. This was actually introduced just recently, about a year ago. But because of the impact of this fast-paced, high-tech digital age, it drastically tops the trend. It includes activity trackers like Nike’s Fuel band, which accordingly tracks steps and provides causative reminders and social network. Other examples of fitness activity tracker are those from Misfit, Garmin, Pebble Time, Juboury, Samsung, Basis, Jawbone, and Fitbit.
Another example includes smart watches, like the newly launched Apple iWatch, which will remarkably embellish your wrist while keeping you on track. Statistics say that Apple iWAtch alone will eventually be exceeding 485 million devices in 2018. Another type of wearable tech is smart clothes, which not only look cool and comfy to wear but also get your fitness data routed. Other examples are heart rate monitors, GPS tracking device, and smart glasses. No doubt that this trend will continue to grow significantly worldwide.
- Weighing Intensity
Body Weight Training is a kind of strength training that doesn’t require much use of machines and equipment. It won’t cost you much to indulge in this sort of exercise trend. And it is considered safe and there are no restrictions on either age or fitness level. In this kind of fitness, an individual merely uses his/her own weight to provide resistance against gravity. And it generally goes beyond the typical push-ups and pull-ups method. Aside from building strength, it also boosts flexibility. It may sound easy-breezy, but this workout definitely yields an intense outcome, which earns it a spot on the list.
High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is defined as a workout that alters from a great level of intensity to a moderate mode within a fixed period of time approximately 20–60 minutes. Accordingly, HIIT workouts can burn more calories than that of traditional, especially during the postexercise phase. What makes it more popular is that it can be performed on all types of exercises like cycling, walking, swimming, as well as in many other groups exercise training. You can also do these work outs at home using equipment such as a treadmill. Studies show that HIIT training improves aerobic and anaerobic fitness, blood pressure, cardiovascular health, insulin sensitivity, cholesterol profile, and abdominal fat and body weight.
- Let Nature Take its Course
Outdoor Activities: Nothing beats the outdoor fun. Indeed, a trend for all seasons that fit all ages. Doing the things you like in an open area and taking advantage of the goodness of nature somehow give you the sense of leeway that conceivably knows no bound. Not only do you acquire countless benefits, but you get your daily dose of Vitamin D as well. In order to improve your fitness level while having fun, simply turn your choice of recreational activity into an exercise.
Outdoor activities include hiking, mountain climbing, biking, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, dancing, and many other kinds of sport, not to forget fishing and surfing the net, which supplements your vitamin sea at that. Bow hunting is also a great outdoor sport and here are some of the best exercises for some of those hardcore bow hunters.
Yoga is a mixture of physical and spiritual exercise that steers about life balance. It’s a technique involving mind and body that integrates strengthening and stretching poses while in a state of meditating and deep breathing. Upon doing this relaxing workout, one must stay focused. According to Dr. Natalie Nevins, DO, a board-certified osteopathic family physician and certified Kundalini Yoga instructor, “the purpose of Yoga is to create strength, awareness, and harmony in both the mind and body. Yoga is a great tool for staying healthy because it is based on similar principles.”
There are five different types of Yoga, namely, Hatha – a meditation and breathing technique, Vinyasa – a fast-paced style of Yoga, Iyengar – good for neck and back pains, Ashtanga – known as power yoga, and Bikram –considered hot yoga. Basically, they all relieve stress and depression alike.
So Get Your Lazy Ass Up!
Revealing all these upcoming trends certainly puts you in the picture of the significance of staying fit. And a chance to improve your health and lifestyle is certainly at your disposal. So don’t just sit on the fence with that lazy ass. Jump on the bandwagon. Surely, this trends rock.
Worldwide survey of fitness trends for 2017 www.acsm.org
Advancing the distinctive philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine www.osteopathic.org
Daily cup of yoga www.dailycupofyoga.com
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