One of the most challenging parts of maintaining a fitness regimen, is the actual maintenance – not losing your motivation, making sure that you get to the gym, and keeping it all going as a part of an overall health lifestyle.
Sticking with the fundamentals will yield results that are both quick, and at the same time, long-lasting. A successful program is one that includes proper rest, recovery and periodization (dividing your training program into smaller, progressive stages based on goals, performance, and ability). Although it may sound simple enough, this is in fact where most need to consult the expertise of a personal trainer. That’s why our perennial pick for top Fitness Trends is hiring a personal trainer.
Arm yourself with knowledge. High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) tops the list for this year’s exercise trends. Opportunities for HIIT training are everywhere, from boot camp and tabata workouts to crossfit WODS. These programs can be highly effective for people interested in obliterating calories in short periods of time, but should not be the sole focus of anyone’s program. Former fitness trend chart-toppers from past years that have stood the test of time and are still highly effective include barre, spinning and power vinyasa yoga. Keep in mind – you don’t need to destroy yourself every time you’re in the gym
Begin a “Love Affair” with Cardio. Lately, it seems that cardio training has been getting a great deal of scrutiny, leading to some confusion about the best way to get your heart pumping. Remember, the “right kind” of cardio is one that you both enjoy, and which helps you reach your personal fitness and wellness goals. And, if you desire to jump into the 2014 HIIT training trend full bore, then building a solid aerobic base will help you realize the calorie-burning benefits that much better, and increase your stamina. Furthermore, cardio offers a myriad of well-researched benefits including reduced body fat and / or weight loss, better mental health, reduced incidence of heart disease and increased athletic performance.
Vary your program. This is where current fitness trends can be used to your advantage. Adding new unaccustomed programming helps keep your exercise routine fresh and exciting. Just be careful that your workout routine does not exclude one of the five key elements of physical activity; cardiovascular training, strength training, flexibility, core conditioning and balance. Many fitness trends focus on only one or two of these elements.
Fit is not a destination, it’s a way of life. All health and fitness goals require sustained motivation. Fitness is an adventure, not a destination, and you will enjoy the adventure much more if you make it your own versus being a slave to the most current trend.