How to start the path to fitness this year
LAST year saw a huge rise in the amount of high intensity interval training workouts.
By now, just about everybody knows what this acronym stands for. These workouts have you go really hard for a set amount of time at a particular exercise, then recover for a set amount of time and repeat.
These types of workouts are set to stay and grow in 2015. And it’s no wonder because they work for all levels of fitness and they get results pretty quickly.
It’s hard to get bored because the workouts are always changing.
You can use just your body weight or a whole range of equipment, including resistance bands, kettle bells, dumbbells, bosu balls, barbells, pull-up bars, boxes and steps, ropes, sandbags and skipping ropes. Workouts can be as short as 20–40 minutes so they can fit into anyone’s busy lifestyle.
This year will see an increase in women’s strength training as well.
Women are now embracing the leaner, more muscular physique and are starting to realise that skinny doesn’t equal healthy. Strong muscles burn more calories and help keep bones strong.
There are a range of women’s only gyms, which are growing in popularity because women aren’t intimidated by “muscle boys” or body builders who usually inhabit the weights area of unisex gyms.
On the increase in 2015 will be rebalancing or recovery type classes. If you are pushing your body hard then classes like yoga, body balance and pilates are a great option to add to your exercise routine.
Even if you are not into the HIIT type workouts, yoga and pilates are so good for core strength, flexibility and body awareness.
Probably the biggest trend of all for 2015 will be in the area of technology.
There will be all sorts of apps and devices to track and record your heart rate, calories burnt etc.
You will be able to sync these with your home computer or mobile phone. Some gyms are now adding whole areas with technology devices.
These can work really well in classes to help motivate and encourage people to work hard.
As our younger population becomes more overweight and obese, there will be an increase in workouts just for kids.
I hope 2015 is a healthy one for you and you get out there and try some of the above workouts.
WORKING OUT: Leanne Shorter performing some resistance training.