If you enjoy being active and trying new forms of physical exercise, or you simply make efforts to keep in shape and get healthy, you will be happy to know that this season brings new fitness trends that promise not only spectacular results, but also lots of fun and variation.
The long hours of monotonous running on the treadmill at a steady pace seem to be gone forever, as they are slowly being replaced with new forms of simple, yet highly effective forms of exercise.
One of the big trends to embrace this season is bodyweight training. Inspired by the increasingly popular crossfit, this new form of exercising offers a less complicated form of resistance training that promises amazing results with minimum equipment and investment. Press-ups and pull-ups might be e most familiar exercises included in this type of training, but squats, jumps, lunges and burpeess make a great addition to any fitness routine that turns your body into a portable gym. Thanks to bodyweight training, you can simply exercise anytime and anywhere, with minimum equipment that includes basic activewear such as a good pair of trainers, yoga sweatpants and t-shirt.
High-Intensity Interval Training
Forget about comfortable and interminable rides on the stationary bike as you watch the latest episode of you favourite series! This season is all about testing and changing your body by leaving behind that comfort zone and pushing yourself to the limits. This is exactly what High-Intensity Interval Training or simply HIIT does, boosting calorie burn, fat loss and endurance. Backed by strong scientific research that proves the increased effect of short, yet intense bursts of physical exercise, HIIT is the go-to fitness trend in 2014 that will surely get you fitter and healthier much quicker than traditional exercise has ever managed to do.
There is a good reason why indoor cycling, or simply put spinning, has been so popular these past few years: it is fun, intense and gives great results for those who we willing to break a sweat. Offering immense variation of resistance, music and movement, indoor cycling has the ability to reinvent itself every season, attracting more and more fitness fanatics that love a good, sweaty and rewarding workout. Some more experienced instructors love incorporating bodyweight movements such as squat jumps and burpees into a spinning track to offer more variety and visible results for everyone.
Yoga is yet another form of exercise that miraculously manages to reinvent itself and attract more fans every season. Combining a century-long tradition with state-of-the-art equipment and innovative techniques, yoga is no longer just a brilliant form of relaxation – it can also improve general fitness, core strength, coordination and balance, offering one of the most popular forms of exercise that is accessible to everyone. If you think regular asanas are too boring, then you should definitely try antigravity yoga, a challenging new trend that introduces acrobatic elements and keeps you suspended in the air for a fun, yet very intense calorie burning workout.
Barry loves working out and finds he does his best workouts when he is feeling fresh through healthy eating and regular stretching.