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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!

  • Shorter workouts. 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 offset the cost. 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. This type of exercise is often called functional fitness, because it requires positions that simulate daily activities, such as carrying heavy items. Your body is challenged in new ways due 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. Dividing long exercise sessions into multiple sessions of least 10 minutes is also beneficial. These shorter 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 engage in walking meetings.

  • Outdoor activities. Outdoor exercise is nothing new, but the rise in organized outdoor classes is a popular fitness trend. More exercise instructors are taking classes, such as bootcamp and yoga, to community parks. A 2011 research review found that, when compared to indoor exercise, exercising outdoors was associated with increased energy and decreased tension. Using the natural terrain and outdoor objects, such as rocks or benches, can boost the intensity level and increase the calories burned.

Lori Rice, M.S., is a nutritional scientist and author with a passion for healthy cooking, exercise physiology, and food photography.
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