How to start the path to fit­ness this year

Isis Town and Country - - Life - By LEANNE SHORTER Leanne Shorter is a regis­tered per­sonal trainer with Fit­ness Aus­tralia. You can con­tact her at www. re­sis­tit­bands.com.

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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

WORK­ING OUT: Leanne Shorter per­form­ing some re­sis­tance train­ing.

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