NEW MOVES

WITH FITNESS AND MOVEMENT FOREVER EVOLVING YOU NEED NEVER GET BORED. WE TAKE A LOOK AT 3 NEW FITNESS TRENDS

There has recently been a growing global trend toward fitness; so much so, 2016 could be dubbed Year of the Body. With a growing access to the internet the world over, finding a fitness regimen to suit even the most complex needs is as simple as asking Google. Fitness is less about expensive and difficult equipment and more about developing a solid knowledge base on the subject. The trends in fitness reflect this idea as popular exercise, more than ever holds focus on resting properly, an inner health and beauty, as well as simple, sustainable activities that can be performed anywhere, at anytime.

AERIAL FITNESS

This completely freeing and relaxing form of fitness is also popularly known as Antigravity yoga. You suspend yourself in a variety of gravity-defying poses mid-air using nothing but your own strength and a specially designed hammock.

This new trend combines practices of yoga, acrobatics, and Dilates into one fun, exhilarating, and novel workout. Research suggests that by facilitating bending and stretching of the whole body during exercise, your muscles and joints will be strengthened and rehabilitated, and your spine decompressed as your body hangs freely.

As with other forms of active exercise, the circulatory, respiratory, and digestive systems can be improved through increased blood circulation. Yoga in general and anti-gravity yoga in particular is promoted as benefiting emotional, psychological and spiritual health. For individuals with back and neck pain, many yoga poses and inversions, like headstands or even downward dog, just aren’t options. But when you’re suspended in the air, performing these positions and holds doesn’t put any pressure on your spine or neck. The complex movements also force you to focus your attention on breathing and rebalancing the body and mind.

BODY WEIGHT TRAINING

Bodyweight training has seen a rapid rise in popularity, and for good reason. It uses minimal equipment making it one of the more affordable and convenient ways to work out. Not just limited to push-ups and pull-ups, this trend allows people to get “back to the basics” with their fitness routine.

Most bodyweight exercises can be progressed or regressed to match an individual’s abilities, so this is a great way to encourage a fitness novice or get the whole family involved. Bodyweight exercises also have a far lower risk of injury compared to using free weights and machines because there’s no external load putting strain on the muscles.

Another great benefit to bodyweight exercises is that it works several muscle groups at once; this is due to a lack of isolation and the need for a large majority of muscles to perform a movement properly. For example, in a push-up, the body must form a rigid straight line, and the elbow joint must move from a straight angle to the smallest angle possible, and so your core muscles, chest muscles, triceps, and legs are all involved in ensuring proper, strict form.

WEARABLE TECHNOLOGY

You don’t have to break a sweat to take part in one of the biggest fitness trends of the year- that’s because the biggest trend will be found on your wrist as wearable technology.

A fitness tracker is the perfect way to monitor your activity easily and with unmatched accuracy. Think of it as an electronic finger on the pulse, constantly measuring your vitals, quality of sleep and step count. Today’s fitness market is stuffed with compelling devices, most of which can do a pretty good job at the basics of tracking.

Finding the time, motivation and energy to work out can be difficult, but it’s certainly made much simpler with a fitness tracker. Whether you spend most of your time sitting on the couch or training for a marathon, a fitness tracker helps you take that next step. Fitness trackers support fitness and healthy weight loss by helping you achieve small, frequent success.

If you already have a successful workout regime, fitness trackers keep an accurate record of your daily progress so you work harder and smarter. They also help you find daily motivation to improve by encouraging you with vibrating notifications, smart adaptive goals and coaching tips.

Did you know?

A New-York based movement studio has put a new spin on spinning classes – they’ve dumped their bikes into the swimming pool for a new take on the popular spinning session; what will they call it? Splashing?

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