2014 was the year of High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), upright and treadmill desks and wearable health trackers. So what’s big in fitness for 2015 so far? We look at some of the key trends:
Body weight training
This is the top pick from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). It involves exercises that don’t use free weights or exercise equipment. Instead you work with your own weight, doing things like push-ups, pull-ups and sit-ups.
Unfortunately for the lazy this involves more than just clicking a mouse. More and more people are taking part in online fitness challenges and weight loss contests, or doing their workouts via YouTube and iTunes videos. It’s great for the time-poor and the gym-shy.
Workouts are getting shorter and more frequent. No one wants to spend an hour in a gym anymore, instead their cutting it down to shorter, harder sessions. Studies of ultra-short, High Intensity Training have found significant benefits even for workouts as brief as three minutes.
Great for those stuck in metro areas, city walking is about hiking through the urban landscape. Brisk walking is a great calorie burner and you’ll also discover interesting spots in your neighbourhood. If you live in a hilly city you’ll burn even more.
Another pick from the ACSM, the variety of yoga practices available is a big part of its appeal, as there are types of yoga to suit everyone. The holistic benefits of are also getting increasing recognition, as it improves wellness for both the body and the mind.
Already getting big in the US with several studios opening up in Australia, barre work fuses ballet barre condition, yoga and Pilates. It claims to be able to give you long, lean, toned muscles. You don’t need dance experience to try it.
Boot camps were great for those who prefer the motivation of a group setting, but it turns out that one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to exercise. Instead, group exercise will become more individualised, with people doing different activities according to their skill and fitness level.
Workouts for children
As awareness about childhood obesity and inactivity grows, parents are starting to enrol their children in gyms, or doing video workouts at home. You can find workouts designed for children as young as four. They encourage an active lifestyle as well as healthy eating.
Was one of your New Year resolutions for 2015 to add more exercise to your schedule? How is that panning out so far?