If you’re anything like me then ‘getting fit’ or ‘doing more exercise’ is a permanent fixture on your ever-growing list of New Year’s resolutions. It’s a familiar story. Every January, I start off so optimistically – I draw up a full exercise timetable (colour-coded and everything!) and buy a whole new work out wardrobe. But come the end of March, I always seem to find myself lacking motivation and finding something ever so important and unavoidable happening on the nights I’m supposed to be in the gym.
I’m determined that this year will be different and, in a bid to make sure that my fitness regime is capable of commanding my attention for the whole twelve months of the year, I’ve been researching the top 5 fitness trends set to get everyone working out in 2015.
First off, telemetry (or fitness apps to you and me). As technology seems to
becoming more and more a central part of our daily lives, it’s not surprising that it is a growing trend within the fitness world. All you need to do is download your chosen app to your phone and you’ll be able to monitor things such as you distance, speed, and energy burned, as well as your calorie intake and nutritional levels. There are lots of different versions out there, so it’s worth experimenting until you find the right one for you.
Staying on the technology theme, online workouts are set to be big in 2015. The modern day version of the workout DVDs and videos (remember those?) of years gone by, online workouts allow users to take part in challenges and complete workout videos. For those of us that aren’t too keen on gyms, this is a great way to exercise in your own home at a time that’s convenient for you.
Those of you with limited time will be pleased to hear that shorter, but more intense, workouts are on the rise. After all, we all know that sometimes less is more. If you’re prepared to push yourself harder for a shorter time (ideally 15-30 minutes), then this latest fad could be just the thing for you.
You might not have heard of Barre (pronounced ‘bar’) yet, but you certainly will be hearing about it next year. Predicted to become the next fitness craze, this is a new, ballet inspired workout with a strong cardio component. Bringing together the core strength elements from Pilates and the cardio aspects of dance, this workout will be sure to get your heart pumping whilst helping you to tone up your whole body.
High Intensity Interval Training (or HIIT for those of us in the know) has been a major fitness trend throughout 2014 and shows no signs of going away any time soon. Whether it be a spinning class, a boot camp style workout, or an at home workout, HIIT is not only renowned for delivering quick and impressive results, but it also removes one of the main barriers to exercise – boredom. If you’re committed to doing the same thing, day in, day out, it’s only natural that you become fed up of doing it and lose the motivation to continue. With HIIT, there are so many activities that you can take part in, either in groups or individually, that it is almost impossible to get bored – so there’s no excuse!