Finding a new workout option can bring new life to your routine
Whether you are someone who works out all the time or someone who has trouble getting motivated, it can be fun to consider the new exercise trends that pop up from year to year. We all need to fit exercise into our regular lives, so what kind of exercise do you like?
Soul Cycle began in major cities like San Francisco and New York, and is beginning to spread to other areas of the country. It is billed as a “party on a bike” with energetic music and inspirational instructors. The workout is partially on the indoor bike, but a lot of time is spent off the bike, for example, doing pushups on the handlebars. There are also hand weights and core work to make the workout more complete.
2. High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
HIIT classes became popular a few years back. This type of training features quick bursts of very high-intensity exercise that gets your heart rate up quickly. The short bursts are followed by short recovery periods. Throughout the workout, your heart rate stays up, and you can burn more fat in a shorter amount of time.
3. Orange Theory
Orange theory uses three components; high intensity interval treadmill training, indoor rowing, and weight training blocks. Orange theory can be tailored to your level of fitness, and is designed to keep your heart rate in a target zone that will increase your metabolism.
4. Body Weight Training
Body weight training is coming back into fashion. It doesn’t involve any equipment. It is a “back to the basics” type of exercise. It emphasizes exercises that use your own body weight, such as pushups, situps, and squat jumps.
5. Obstacle Courses and Color Runs
For people who don’t mind getting a little dirty (or a lot dirty!), mud runs, obstacle courses, and color runs have become a fun alternative to the gym. There’s a lot of camaraderie when your team has to dive through a dumpster filled with ice water or climb in a mud pit under barbed wire! Color runs are races where runners get showered with colored powder throughout the run. If you like getting messy, you might like these runs.
6. Yoga: Off the Ground and into the Air
Yoga has been popular for many years, and each year a new yoga trend seems to be invented. One of the newer trends is aerial yoga, where you suspend yourself with ribbons attached to the ceiling. Paddle board yoga is also becoming popular in the summer months. Balance is the key if you don’t want to end up in the water!
7. Wearable technology
Many people use wearable devices that track the number of steps they take each day. The software usually includes tools that help you set goals for yourself each day. Many of the apps, such as FitBit and Garmin Connect, will track your calories, heart rate, and sleep. Apps like Sworkit or Touchfit GSP will also coach you through workout routines.
If you’re ready to spice up your exercise routine, why not try one of these new trends? Exercise is a great way to reduce stress, improve your health, and bring positive energy into your life.
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