It’s the month for putting those New Year’s resolutions into high gear, and many people are trying to commit to incorporating more fitness into their lives. Each year, the American College of Sports Medicine conducts an annual survey with more than 4,000 fitness professionals to determine the top fitness trends to watch for, and chances are, if some of them haven’t already piqued your interest, they will soon.
1. High-Intensity Interval Training
Coming in first this year is high-intensity internal training (HIIT). HIIT is a training technique in which you an extreme, one hundred percent effort through quick, intense bursts of exercise, followed by short recovery periods. HIIT keeps your heart rate up and burns more fat in less time. Another benefit: no equipment necessary. HIIT workouts generally use only your body, since the focus is on getting your heart rate.
Interested? Here are a few HIIT workouts for beginners.
2. Group Training
The ACSM defines group training as a workout for five or more people led by an instructor, designed to be motivational and effective for people of different fitness levels. There are tons of benefits of group fitness classes: they’re a great way to meet new people or try a new workout. In addition, signing up for a class will help you stay on track with your fitness routine.
3. Strength Training
Strength training is nothing new to fitness; in fact strength training is an extremely important element of any workout routine. Everyone, regardless of age or gender, will benefit from it. Working your muscles will help you shed excess fat, maintain healthy bone mass and prevent age-related muscle loss.
4. Wearable technology
Activity trackers and smart watches are extremely popular, and for good reason. Having heart rate monitors handy on your wrist can give you the immediate information about how hard your body is actually working during a workout.
5. Bodyweight Training
Your body really is the perfect resistance training tool. With bodyweight training, no equipment and minimal space is needed, so it’s great for anytime/anywhere. Here are some great bodyweight workouts to try.