With fitness trends changing just as quickly as diet trends, it’s hard to keep up. Here’s a look at this year’s top five fitness trends to keep you in the loop!
High Intensity Interval Training
The promise of short burst workouts that deliver great results enticed many fitness fans last year, and continues its reign of popularity in 2015. The appeal lies in the fact that these workouts are designed to around a half hour or less and alternate between short intervals of intense training, and rest periods. If you’re interested in this kind of workout, be sure to seek out the advice of a trainer, as HIIT has a fairly high injury rate.
Online Fitness Classes
Convenience is the name of the game with online fitness classes. Websites like DoYogaWithMe.com and FtinessBlender offer free classes of varying lengths and skill levels that you can do any time, from the privacy of your living room. These websites eliminate almost all excuses not to get yourself in gear!
Workplace Wellness Programs
Employers are beginning to see the connection between healthy employees and increased productivity. Major companies like IBM, Hewlett Packard, Google, Virgin and American Express now offer onsite fitness centers, nutrition counseling and even incentives for good results at your annual physical.
Smart Phone Fitness Coaches
While apps that track steps and calorie intake have been around for a while, their popularity just keeps rising. Like online classes, smartphone fitness apps add a whole new level of convenience to getting (and staying!) in shape. There are apps to help you out with all aspects of getting in shape. MyFitnessPal tracks calories consumed and burned, as well as provide goals and daily encouragement. Yoga.com has an app that can design a yoga routine tailored to your needs, with illustrations and videos demonstrating proper form. With so many fitness apps available, your phone may be the only trainer you need.
Some people love going for a long run, or lifting weights at the gym, but for those that don’t relish the idea of working out in a group setting, or just don’t have the time, bodyweight training provides
a perfect alternative. Instead of utilizing special equipment, or set routines, bodyweight training focuses on exercises that use the weight of your body to produce results. Flexibility and convenience are the hallmarks of this activity – push ups, crunches, squats, planks and glute bridges can be done almost anywhere, at any time.