In this article, we share some of the hottest current fitness trends. How many of these have you heard of or tried out? Read on to learn more…
#1. High Intensity Interval Training.
HIIT was huge in 2014 but it’s still hot! If you aren’t familiar with the acronym, HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training, an exercise method where you go hard for a set of time on a particular exercise, take a short rest to recover, then repeat. HIIT is part of any Boot Camp workout, indoor cycling class, and in many popular home workout videos as well (think “P90X” or “Insanity”). HIIT is immensely popular as it works for people at all levels of fitness, and delivers fast results. Plus, it’s far from boring and can be done anywhere, both in a gym environment and at home. Although many HIIT workouts utilize all types of equipment, including rowing machines, sand bags, dumbells, BOSU balls, kettlebells, and ropes, you can still achieve a fantastic HIIT workout using just your own body weight. (Think mountain climbers, jump squats, high knees, burpees, and more.)
Try this beginner HIIIT workout.
#2. Fitness Tech Toys.
You may have spotted people wearing wristbands and fitness monitors everywhere—these gadgets are one of the latest crazes in the industry. Many fitness enthusiasts wear devices that monitor your heart rate and daily activity levels, which sync up to apps on their smartphones. If wearing a device isn’t for you, there are also apps for tracking bike rides and runs, as well as time spent sleeping and at rest. In the future, integrating your personal data (physical activity, sleep cycles, heart rate, other vital signs etc) with applications will help people move towards a more healthy lifestyle. This trend is expected to continue!
#3. Web Based Fitness.
The days of workout DVDs may be over! More and more people are choosing to workout with streaming videos on iTunes or YouTube. Many fitness fans choose to participate in online fitness challenges and weight loss contests as well. Try YouTube for free options, such as BeFit and Popsugar.
#4. Shorter Workouts.
Who has time to exercise for hours? If you’re pressed for time, you’ll be happy to discover that 20, 30, and 40 minute workouts are now all the rage. People who are put off by hour long workout sessions are willing to push themselves harder for a shorter amount of time. Short, high intensity workouts can be accomplished anywhere—in a studio, gym, or home with minimal equipment, gym machines or just body weight.
#5. Group personal training.
Lastly, group personal training is a great trend to try. The best way to save money, socialize with friends, and still get a good workout in. You get the individualized attention you need without the expensive price, plus you’ll be more motivated to go to the gym knowing there is a supportive group waiting for you.
We hope you enjoyed those top fitness trends of 2015! Browse our fitness tag for more great tips on staying healthy.
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