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Top Fitness Trends of 2016

Fitness trends change every year. There are constantly new fads that are “guaranteed” to help you lost weight faster than ever before. From Shape-Ups to the Shake Weight.. what’s next? We’ve gathered a list of a few of the latest trends in fitness and weight loss.

1) Wearable fitness trackers

These all-in-one fitness trackers are insanely popular. Manufacturers are trying to get as many sensors as possible into them to stay competitive. The popular ones include heart rate, GPS, sleep trackers, and of course calorie counters. Here are a few of the top runners:

  • Fitbit – This fitness tracker has several different models and can track heart rate, steps, calories, sleep, and more. It comes in several colors and is compatible with Android, iOS, and Windows phones. You can sync your progress with the ap on your phone and set goals, monitor progress, and connect to it’s social network. Some of the more expensive models also include music control and act as a smartwatch. It also comes in several colors! Find out more here.
  • Garmin Vivosmart – One of the reason’s this tracker is so popular is due to it’s long battery life. You can wear it for about a year without ever having to take it off. The Garmin Vivosmart measures calories, steps, active/rest time, and sync’s with your smartphone. It’s even waterproof! Find out more here.
  • Jawbone UP24 – The key feature of the Jawbone UP24 it’s sleep monitoring abilities. A vibrating alarm can wake users up at the ideal point in their REM cycle to prevent grogginess, or for the right amount of time for a power nap. It is very comfortable, and monitors activity and food intake for overall health. Find out more here.
  • Microsoft band – This band also can act as a smartwatch, and you can use your voice to set reminders and take notes. It integrates with many other aps such as Golds Gym, MyFitnessPal, and Runkeeper. It tracks sleep, activity, calories and steps. It also has a skin temperature sensor, and reads UV index. Find out more here.
  • Nike fuelband – This wristband tracks all activity, no matter what you are doing. It tells time, steps, workout intensity, and syncs data via Bluetooth. Users have had trouble with this wristband whenever Nike updates their system. Find out more here.

2) Body weight Training

More people are going back to the basics this year with body weight training. Body weight training uses minimal equipment, which makes it much more affordable and easy to do at home. However, body weight training starts with simple moves like push ups, sit ups, and pull ups to more complicated movements such as handstands, muscle-ups, dips, and movements involving something like an adult jungle gym. There are many options for this fitness fad, from beginner to advanced.

3) High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

While athletes have been training this way for years, HIIT is becoming more of a fitness trend for your average person. Sprints, supersets, and intervals are all examples of HIIT. Research is continuing to show how HIIT burns a lot of fat in a short amount of time. It is anaerobic and aerobic simultaneously, increases strength, endurance, and can continue burning calories for up to 48 hours after completion. A study showed that 27 minutes of HIIT three times per week offers the same anaerobic/aerobic improvements as five 60-minute steady state (jogging, etc) weekly cardio sessions.

HIIT involves short bursts of intense activity followed by short recovery periods. Generally a full HIIT workout is less than 30 minutes in length.

4) Strength Training

Strength or Weight training is another fitness trend that has been around for a while. However more people are realizing the benefits and are going to try weight lifting in 2016. There are a long list of benefits that weight training can provide. It promotes fat loss, improves bone density, improves your overall health, and burns calories after you are done working out. More and more people are embracing the strong look, and strength training is a central part of most gyms.

5) Personal Training

Many people are intimidated to start working out because of their lack of knowledge, or they are simply overwhelmed with where to start. Personal training is becoming increasingly popular, because nothing can beat the expert of a trained professional who tailors a specific workout and meal plan for you. Everyone is different, so working with someone like this simplifies the process and can help people to lose weight and get healthy. This kind of training is available in most gyms, but also increasingly found online through social media platforms, websites, and other forms of communication. If you are looking to hire a personal trainer, you have multiple options.

6) Yoga

Yoga focuses on mind & body health, and relaxation. While it isn’t quite as popular as it was in the past few years, it is still going to be a popular trend in 2016. Yoga can be practiced by anyone regardless of their fitness level, and ranges in levels of difficulty.

 

Did your favorite method of exercise make the list? If you are interested in starting to work out, one of these options might be a great fit for you!