Have you been considering a new fitness program? Sick of the same old routine? Not sure what will give you the greatest return on investment? Well, here are four current fitness trends that just might fit your lifestyle and help you achieve your health and wellness goals.
Have you ever heard the word “tabata” or wonder what an “insanity” workout really meant? In simplest terms it means High Intensity Interval Training or HIIT. This style of workout packs a powerful punch! It takes minimal time but will demand your full participation. HIIT workouts involve short bursts of high intensity activity followed by short rest periods. Depending on the workout each exercise lasts 30 seconds to four minutes and requires you to do four to eight rounds. All fitness levels can participate.
If old school style workouts are what you prefer that’s ok. Weight training and cardio machines still provide a great workout. Weight training will tone and build muscle mass ultimately increasing your metabolism and reshaping your body. Cardio workouts are best when you integrate intervals; alternating between a fast and slow pace. Cardio intervals will not only make a treadmill more interesting, but it will improve cardiovascular endurance. Interval training will speed up your workouts and burn more calories in less time. Cardio Intervals can be done with all types of cardio machines.
Are you like me and prefer a little company and a push? One on one personal training is on the rise. A personal trainer will hold you accountable and motivate you to achieve your goals. Not only that they will maximize your workout. The program you follow with your trainer will be specifically designed to help you achieve your goals, efficient and focused. No need to feel overwhelmed and intimated by the gym. Your trainer will guide you, ensure proper form and technique and keep you motivated. Your personal trainer is focused on your success. They provide non-judgmental support and consistent feedback helping to see your successes, both big and small.
Are you more interested in a workout that would help you move and feel better throughout your day? Functional Fitness might be for you. It is a workout approach that uses strength training to improve balance, coordination, agility and endurance to enhance your ability to perform activities you do daily. This type of workout will focus on your core stability. Functional training exercises tend to be multi-muscle focused using kettlebells, medicine balls and weights. For example, a squat is a functional exercise because it trains the muscles you use to get up from a chair or pick up a low object. Functional fitness provides benefits to anyone from athletes to older adults who are looking to improve balance, agility, and muscle strength in order to prevent injury.
These are just four of the current trends in fitness that can keep your workouts out more interesting and focused. Consider your health and fitness goals and then reach out to your local gym to determine which program may be right for you.