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FITNESS TRENDS 2017

Claire Sanders

Posted on January 05 2017

FITNESS TRENDS 2017

So where is fitness going in 2017 - we look at the top 6 areas that are predicted to be big in 2017.


1. WEARABLE TECHNOLOGY
Topping the list is wearable technology like fitness trackers, pedometers and heart rate monitors. The market for these products is booming and shows no signs of slowing down; in fact, sales are expected to hit over $4 billion during 2017.
They are a great way to keep key health goals at the forefront of your mind, make healthier lifestyle choices and act as a friendly reminder to move more, and get enough shut eye, among many other things.


2. BODYWEIGHT TRAINING
Bodyweight training is one 2017'S top exercise trends, and for good reason. You don’t need fancy equipment, an expensive membership or very much room for these workouts, so bodyweight exercises sure are appealing and effective.Think this is out of your league? Think again! Simple exercises like a squat, lunge, or plank hold are all examples that can be made more complex as you get stronger. More complex moves will see you doing pull-ups and push-ups on rings and even animal inspired crawls that challenge hip flexibility and muscle endurance.
Bodyweight training helps increase lean muscle mass in individuals, especially when combined with aerobic activity. Bodyweight training is also a great way to ease into strength training, particularly if you’re new to the gym


3. HIGH INTENSITY WORKOUT TRAINING (HIIT)
It’s hard work but it’s here to stay. Why? You get all the benefits of an intense workout, but in half the time. Think fast fitness gains, fat loss, and boosted metabolic rate. If you’re just starting out, build up some basic fitness before jumping into HIIT to prevent injury. A good way to do this is alternate 30 seconds of walking with 30 seconds of running or jogging.


4. STRENGTH TRAINING
Strength training is seeing its time in the limelight. While people, particularly women, sometimes shy away from the weight room, strength training is critical to keeping our bodies healthy, especially as we age. It helps preserve muscle mass and increase your metabolism to burn more calories even when you aren’t working out.
One study found that in 10 weeks, inactive adults could see an increase in lean weight of more than 3lbs and a reduction in fat weight of nearly 4lbs, while increasing metabolic resting rate by 7%.


5. ROLL INTO RECOVERY
The message that we need to work on flexibility and range of motion has finally sunk in. Foam rolling, yoga, and mobilisation exercises are becoming more common as we realise the importance of recovery, as part of a well-rounded fitness regimen.
It’s important to give your muscles time to repair after training, a process that takes up to 48 hours, and techniques like foam rolling can also help reduce soreness and tight limbs.
This trend has us swapping lying on the couch at night to stretching out tight muscles in front of the TV, or even going to restorative pre-bed “yin” yoga classes to improve flexibility, reduce stress and aid sleep.


6. EXERCISE IS MEDICINE
There’s a strong move away from exercising for aesthetic reasons, with more focus on how we feel and function instead. The biggest boost has been in the area of mental health, and using movement as a therapy to boost mood and manage stress.
My personal motto — and the one of this site— is that food is medicine. Well, it might be time to add to that, because exercise is medicine, too. This is one of the upcoming trends I’m most excited about.
The benefits of exercise go so much farther than how you look physically. From boosting happiness levels to reducing your risk of heart disease, exercising can help. Tossing and turning at night? Find yourself forgetting where you’ve placed your keys? That’s right, exercise is the answer. In fact, doctors are going so far as to prescribe exercise to patients in an effort to get them moving.


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