Summer is almost here which means it is time to get ready for swimsuit season. It is time to get back in shape. Ditch your usual routine and try something new. Read on to find out more about the hottest summer fitness trends taking over.
If you need the extra push and motivation, then this trend is for you. Group training is a workout for five or more people led by an instructor. This trend is now more popular than individual sports like swimming and running. Group exercise has become more inclusive for various fitness levels and readily available. There is something to suit everyone of differing ages, gender and abilities. This could be anything from trendy HIIT classes, to dance cardio classes, to old-school step classes, to outdoor bootcamp. They can be a great way to try a new workout or mix up your routine. Working out with others is not only motivational and sociable, it will hold you accountable so you will be more likely to commit to it.
Jumping on trampolines is not just for kids anymore. According to NASA’s Journal of Applied Physiology, rebounding exercises (jumping) are 68% more efficient than jogging and requires less effort. It is a great way to keep fit and a full-body exercise while having fun with friends or your kids. Bouncing is primarily cardio-focused but is also great for toning and improving balance, increasing lymphatic flow in the body, improving the functioning of the immune and cardiovascular systems, strengthening the skeletal system and increasing bone mass.
Functional fitness uses strength training to improve balance/stability, coordination, power and endurance to stimulate an individual’s ability to perform common daily movements/activities. For example, a squat is a functional exercise because it trains the muscles to work together when you get up and then to go down from a chair to pick up objects from the floor or overhead (a dropped phone, grocery bags or hauling boxes). This type of exercise may make everyday activities easier for older adults especially, reduce their risk of injury and improve their overall quality of life.
Date-ercise is a speed dating-style fitness class made up of moves that you complete with a partner in pairs. This is an innovative way for singles to meet people or for couples to try something new/fun while burning a bit of calories. Classes are at a pace and intensity where people can still chat. Working out as a pair is an excellent way to build intimacy. Healthy cocktails usually follow the class so you can continue getting to know each other, if there is a spark.
High Intensity Interval Training
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) training sessions involve short bursts of maximum-output/effort/hard work that last typically about 20 to 90 seconds, which are followed by a short period of recovery. HIIT workouts are usually 30 minutes or less. HIIT workouts are designed to be fast and effective, that way you get your cardio in and burn lots of calories in a short amount of time. For more information on this topic visit the Authority Health website.
Barre (is a stationary handrail that provides support for people during various types of exercises) ballet-inspired classes are inclusive to all levels of fitness and provide an energetic total workout that will tone, define and sculpt your entire body. Paired to music these strength training moves (includes both slow and fast exercises) challenge the small muscle groups that tend to be neglected with typical workouts.
What are you waiting for? Summer is in full swing, and its time to get moving! Consider switching up your workout routine for one of these new trends and become more fit during the next several months. Consider logging your progress so you have the ability to track your successes with new activities such as the ones above.