Fitness professionalNawaz Modi Singhania of Body Art Fitness Studio, talks to us about the hottest fitness trends of this year. She says, “I’m often asked what’s new, hot and buzzing on the fitness scene these days. Well, hot fads such as exercise apps, body weight training, high intensity strength training, fitness menu, cardio dance, and more are taking centre stage currently in 2016.” Let’s take a closer look at the top ten trends…
1 Wearable Technology
These include smart watches, heart rate monitors and fitness trackers of sorts, smart glasses and even smart fabrics are amongst the most popular trends. These wearable devices give the user immediate feedback which makes them more aware and conscious of their level of activity, motivating the user to strive to achieve their fitness target. Having a sort of fitness buddy / buddies via your techie device, forms a community of like – minded people and lends support & motivation to users to stick to the path.
2 Body Weight Training
This uses one’s own body weight as resistance during a workout, like in exercises such as push – ups, planks, squats & sit – ups also continues to be high up on the most popular list, as it was in 2015. It’s a quick, effective and minimalistic approach to fitness.
3 High Intensity Strength Training
This is an all-time, sacrosanct, evergreen favourite which continues in popularity, all the more so with the male population.
4 Cardio Dance
If you like to dance, or have secretly always wanted to learn but felt they had two left feet, you’ll love cardio dance routines of various sorts. There’s Bollywood, Latin American, Pop, Zumba, Clubbercise, Ballet, Scottish, Country Line, Pole Dancing and there’s plenty more where that came from. Exciting, fun, high energy routines where you learn to be a great dancer is a no – brainer win – win situation. If you’re one of those that love a little bit of everything, some cardio dance classes give you a great mix of everything from Bollywood to disco.
5 Personal Training
If you prefer one – on – one setting rather than large groups, Personal Training is for you. Especially, if you need a highly customised programme (for instance as in Pregnancy) for any special needs or health conditions (like Arthritis, Scoliosis, knee or back problems), with individual, focussed attention from a Trainer, then here is an ideal option.
6 Functional Fitness and beyond
To be functionally fit means you can easily perform your daily activities without discomfort or injury. Like for instance you can sit down & get up off the floor with ease, you can sleep without getting a crick in the neck and you are able to climb up a flight of stairs without your legs really hurting. The next step lending from and moving beyond Functional Fitness though, is “loaded movement training” where the body trains to moves in three dimensions using loads such as weights, kettlebells and sandbells.
7 Exercise For Seniors
Fitness Programmes for Senior Citizens is also gaining increasing popularity. Everyone wants to live long, but no one wants to grow old. Like it or not, we grow old anyway! However everyone wants to be as healthy and fit as they possibly can be. Therefore these highly customised fitness programmes which consider the senior’s age, health conditions, fitness level, goals, lifestyle, likes and dislikes are on the rise.
8 Pilates – Studio-based Pilates involves the use of different types of Reformers, various types of Pilates Chairs, Spinal Correctors of sorts, Cadillacs and far more. One can expect a perfectly sculpted, petite, flexible, small body, with long, lean musculature & a strong, flat mid-section. Pilates is also great for rehabilitative purposes.
9 Anti-Gravity Training
This is the new kid on the block but is fast – gaining popularity and quickly moving up the charts within a short period of time. This is a mind – body – soul workout. Working aerially in a hammock, one can look forward to a strong, lean, sculpted & flexible body, among many other mental, emotional and psychological benefits.
Deeply rooted in our ancient Indian tradition and culture, Yoga continues to be evergreen. There are so many forms such as Power Yoga, Ashtanga, Bikram, Kundalini, Hatha yoga, and more, that one can embark on a wonderful journey in this realm.