It’s easy to fall victim to the same fitness routine, but, in that, you will hit walls and have to conquer your plateaus in performance. There is a lot to overcome if you become too consistent in how you move through the gym.
But with a new year comes the opportunity to adopt and implement the newest fitness routines so that you can master the gym without spending late nights researching why you aren’t seeing results.
We have gathered the six most talked about fitness trends for 2016 so that you can step outside of your comfort zone and try something new. Chances are it will work for you like it’s worked for so many others.
Technology. This trend is a little aged with Fitbit and Nike fitness apps taking over the way we view workout routines, but it is still worth mentioned. Technology is one of the most user-friendly ways to get up on the treadmill, bike, or even the pool with these music devices for swimmers. There are devices and apps to track your fitness progress, help create and maintain a diet, and some that can replicate a personal trainer.
HIIT. High-intensity interval training has taken over our regular routines. These short routines are shown to burn insane amounts of calories. The key? Maximum efforts paired with a short recovery, and routines can range from 10 to 30 minutes. That’s a lunch break or a quick workout before breakfast. Unsure of where or how to start? The Daily Burn has composed 3 quick HIIT workouts for beginners.
Body-weight training. Body-weight training is effective for those of us who don’t have time to hit the gym, or space for the equipment in our homes. The workouts can be done anywhere and include everything ranging from burpees to wall-sits with amazing results.
Strength training. Weights are no longer going to pose a threat when you pass them in the gym. Instead, we encourage you to embrace them and begin to view strength training as a viable option. Because it is! Strength training is becoming more important, and easier to get into. Go in with an idea of what you want to do, and how the move is accomplished. Muscle and Fitness have compiled a list of essential moves to use when strength training on the weight floor.
Yoga. The benefits of yoga have been praised for decades. No, for centuries. And rightfully so. Yoga provides fitness and flexibility in one, so that you can use it to workout and to recover from a workout. If you are new to yoga, then there is plenty of advice for beginners, or you can focus on a category of yoga like using it to workout or using it to stretch after the gym. Fitness Magazine has a list of yoga poses and positions in every variation imaginable.
Massages for recovery. Dr. Tarnopolsky, a professor of pediatrics and medicine at McMaster University authored a study that shows massage can suppress inflammation and actually enhance cell recovery (as opposed to NSAIDs or anti-inflammatory drugs which may slow post-workout healing). He says that with a post-workout massage “you can have your cake and eat it too” with a safe, speedy recover that actually works. Massages effectively reduce post-workout pain and enhance recovery.
What trends do you expect to adopt in the New Year?
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