Is exercise the last thing you want to do today? Maybe it is time to spice up your routine with shorter sessions or a new location. Incorporate these five fitness trends, and you will be back to loving your workouts in no time!
Few of us can commit to long sessions in the gym. Fortunately, research shows that shorter workouts can be just as effective. The catch is that you have to take the intensity up a notch. Recommendations for physical activity can be met through 20 to 60 minutes of vigorous exercise 3 days per week (American College of Sports Medicine). High-intensity interval training – exercise that alternates quick, intense bursts with short recovery periods — is one way to increase intensity while also adding variety to your routine.
Group personal training sessions
Hiring a personal trainer to guide and motivate you is beneficial, but regular sessions can get expensive. Many studios offer group sessions to help lower the costs. You can form a group of 3 to 4 people, divide the cost of the session, and your trainer will lead you through similar exercises together. This type of personal training saves you money, and it creates a network of exercise partners who share your goals.
Full body strength training moves
Full body exercises involve both your upper and lower body in the movements. Your body is challenged in new ways due to the balance required and the use of small and large muscle groups. Since more muscle groups are worked at once, you can do fewer exercises while still getting a full body workout. Try incorporating full-body moves like lunges with a bicep curl or burpees in your workouts.
Moving more all day long
Research shows that moving more throughout the day, in addition to regular workouts, is necessary to maintain health. Short exercise sessions keep you moving and can equal a full workout. During your workday, create a circuit routine by climbing the stairs, walking the hallways, and doing wall pushups. You can also invite coworkers to go on walking meetings.
Many exercise instructors are moving classes outdoors and that's a good thing. When compared to indoor exercise, studies show that exercising outdoors is associated with increased energy and decreased tension.