The fitness industry is rapidly evolving. Everyone wants fresh new ways to twist their obliques, burn calories and tone up.
Many trends come straight out of Hollywood where popular celebrities are trying and the promoting the new quirky, sometimes rather crazy, workout ideas.
Here is a list of what to expect for 2017!
High impact exercise and weight training has found a new place, underwater. We’ve favoured aqua-aerobics for years at Hopewood, urging gentle exercise in water because it supports our bodies, while adding resistance to improve muscle tone. This latest approach takes that idea to a whole new level.
High intensity interval training (HIIT) sessions, that often involve sprints, lunges, aqua jogging and even planks are now moving into pools. Gyms in England have gone as far as placing spin bikes and Pilates beds underwater.
If heavy water-based workouts aren’t your thing, then maybe you can have a go at floating yoga? This is just the same as your normal yoga routine, but it’s done on floating boards. The technique encompasses all the usual benefits of yoga and stretching but adds the considerable challenge and extra core muscle exercises involved in staying balanced on the board above the water!
If you are interested in underwater workouts, or overwater yoga sessions, check out your local pools for available classes and timetables.
Recently, we’ve seen a bigger focus on developing mindfulness and improving self-awareness. This is a trend that will continue throughout 2017. Deep breathing, meditation and yoga is increasingly recognised as vital exercise for our mind. Many say it’s just as important as physical exercise. Meditations can improve conditions such as depression, sleep disorders, anxiety, and chronic pain. It’s one of the best ways to combat stress. It’s easy to get started. Jump into a world of relaxation with apps like Buddhify, Calm and Headspace.
With a huge celebrity following, boxing became a significant exercise trend in 2016. This year, these fat blasting workouts are going digital with the rise of apps and online programs. By going digital, not only will you save money on expensive classes but you can also do it when it suits you, at home or wherever you wish! Have a look online for recommended yoga apps and programs, perfect if you’re short on time or travelling.