One of the best ways to get and stay in shape long term is to find a fitness activity you enjoy. However, even doing something you love can get boring. It’s important to keep your fitness activities interesting and fun. One great way to do that is to embrace new fitness trends. As the New Year rolls closer, here are ten fitness trends to keep an eye out for.
1. Forza – Forza is a fitness program that embraces the art of samurai sword fighting. It’s a full body workout that provides both strength training and cardio benefits. If you love the idea of swinging a large sword or wooden stick you can find classes and home workout DVDs online.
2. Dance Fitness – Zumba took the country by storm last year. All across the nation Zumba studios opened up and people began working out to a Latin beat. It’s spawned a whole new generation of dance fitness classes. They’re fun, much better than your mum’s jazzercise from the 80’s, and they’re a great way to get in shape alongside your regular workout.
3. Yogalates – Yogalates is a fusion of yoga and Pilates. The core moves of yoga are blended with the concepts of core strengthening and holding poses. Proper alignment is essential. If you love yoga or Pilates or cannot decide which class to take, consider a yogalates class.
4. CrossFit – CrossFit is a strengthening and conditioning program. It was originally created to help athletes develop more flexibility and endurance as well as proper form. However, people and athletes from all walks of life have found that CrossFit is infinitely customisable to any level and fitness goal. If you’re not scared of sweating your ass off and wondering why on earth you’re putting yourself through such physical pain then this is for you.
5. Cy-Yo – Cy-Yo stands for Cycle Yoga. Yes, you read that correctly. No, you’re not trying to do downward dog as you peddle. Instead, you warm up with a yoga class and then get on your indoor bike for a spinning class. It helps gym members get the best of both worlds.
6. Yogafit – Are you starting to notice a trend here? People are blending yoga with everything. Yogafit is a blend of yoga moves and basic fitness moves. A typical YogaFit class might move from downward dog to push ups.
7. Functional fitness – Ok, this was has been around for quite some time, but is now gaining more momentum that ever before. Using strength training to improve balance and ease of daily living, functional fitness focuses on teaching your body to perform daily movements. Instead of being able to lift a ridiculously heavy weight over your head several times, functional fitness focuses on practical strength training that transfers to everyday movements.
8. Hiring a personal trainer or group training – More and more people are discovering the benefit of personal trainers. You receive focused attention and motivation from a specialist, learn how to train more effectively and perhaps the real benefit, you are able to reach your fitness goals more quickly.
9. Golden oldies programs – It’s not all about losing weight and looking better naked. People over 60 are much more focused on their health and wellness than ever before, which has opened up a market for senior programs that cater for their needs and goals. You can now find plenty of fitness courses dedicated to retirees.
10. Fitness classes for children – As childhood obesity continues to rise the government along with other forward thinking organisations are creating programs specifically to help motivate children to become active and get healthy.
If you know of any other trends or have been to any of the activities listed above let me know below.