Whether we love it or hate it, most of us have by now realized that working out is a must. The benefits are numerous: from general health, through mood enhancement, to weight control. However, after a while, it can get boring. It’s not easy finding the perfect form of physical activity that appeals to you. Once we get bored with the routine, we often drop it – especially those of us who struggle with discipline and willpower in the first place. But, just like in every major field, each year brings us new trends and fads in fitness, too. Take a look at the hottest workout trends in 2017 – you might just find some new ways to keep your workouts fresh and fun.
When I moved to Australia, it took me a bit of time to get back into a fitness routine. Jogging didn’t really cut it for me anymore. Half of the year it was just too hot for running. But my body missed activity. I went in search of a personal trainer in Adelaide, and that was the best thing I ever did for my health. More and more people are recognizing that a personalized session with a trainer who knows your body’s needs and limitations is the best way to work out. Not only do you get the most effective workout specially tailored for you, but you also significantly lower your risk of injuries. No wonder individualized workouts are fast becoming one of the leading tendencies in the world of fitness.
Fitness Trackers Are Still Hot
Fitness trackers have been around for a while, but as brands compete for their share of the market, they are also constantly upping their game. Today’s trackers are insanely accurate, and have a myriad of cool features. They measure your bodily functions, keep statistics of your workouts, track your routes with GPS, and a lot of them are waterproof to boot. Top brands are constantly working on improving both the design and the functions – making them an excellent fitness accessory.
HIIT Is a Hit
If you’re not yet familiar with HIIT, let me explain the concept. HIIT stands for high-intensity interval training. Basically, it means that your training session consists of alternating short bursts of super intense exercise, with intervals of lower intensity exercise. Since the high-intensity periods are meant to increase your heart rate to maximum levels; it’s considered the optimal form of cardio, and it also burns more calories than a regular workout. This year, HIIT is moving to the pools. Alternating sprint swims with long distance ones will allow you to combine the benefits of HIIT with those of swimming, for a perfect workout.
Those who are always looking for something fun and different will not be disappointed. Fitness freaks have never been as spoiled for choice as today. Would you like to do yoga swinging from a body harness? Check out aerial yoga. Are you attracted to nature? Learn how to tap into your wild side in demanding but fun animal flow classes. Is your workout all about empowerment, about feeling gorgeous and seductive? Take up pole dancing. Did you use to do ballet when you were little and still miss it? Don’t worry: someone’s created a barre and cardio fusion. Are you happiest when you are hitting the waves at Bondi, but just don’t have enough time to go surfing regularly? A 45-minute WaveShape training might do the trick.
Whichever type of workout you choose, in the end, what matters most is that you keep active consistently. Bear in mind that, for optimal health, you need at least 150 minutes of physical activity a week.