A new year brings new resolutions and of course, new health and fitness trends - are you curious about what's new on the scene this year and what's here to stay? We have the latest for 2015!
Upcoming Health & Fitness Trends for 2015
1. Shorter, More Intense Sweat Sessions
According to our friends over at Self Magazine, bodyweight training took the number one spot on this year's American College of Sports Medicine poll for the up-and-coming 2015 fitness trends. Bodyweight training beat out some strong competition like one our personal favorites: high-intensity interval training (HIIT). If that surprises you, just think; body-weight training can be performed anytime, anywhere, and for little to no cost since you're using your body to perform a sequence of movements - so, what's not to love? HIIT took second place, while strength-training was also high on this year's list.
2. HIIT is Still Hot, Hot, Hot
If you aren't already reaping the benefits of high-intensity interval training (HIIT), there's no better time than year 2015, right? Have you performed or heard of home workout videos like Insanity or P90X? Or perhaps you have powered through a kettlebell workout with little to no rest in between? If yes, you've heard of HIIT. Not only is HIIT a challenging way to test your physical ability, it's an effective way to torch hundreds of calories and burn fat in just twenty minutes or less. The best part? It doubles as cardio and strength-training, doesn't require a gym and can be tailored specifically to your fitness level - whether you're a seasoned in fitness or you're just starting out, HIIT is one of the most effective and efficient ways to get in shape.
3. Train Hard, Recover Harder
With intense sweat sessions, like bodyweight training and HIIT taking the cake this coming year; it comes as no surprise that recovery tops the list as well. Pushing the limits between short intense bursts of movements with less-intense recovery movements can put a lot of stress on your body - that's why many of today's trainers are well-versed in the importance of recovery. Dedicate a day to foam rolling or restorative Yoga to ensure that your body gets the rest it needs in order to prevent muscle fatigue and injury.
4. Fitness Apps and Wearables
We use technology for everything these days; from ordering groceries to paying our monthly bills, so many tasks can be done with the touch of a finger. "Smartwatches. Health monitors. Pedometers. Activity trackers. They're all part of the emerging landscape of wearable technology, which promises to change the way we exercise and communicate," says Brian Bennett and Scott Stein over at CNet Magazine. Everyone from fashion-icon Tory Burch to brand favorites like Nike are taking advantage of the fitness-tech world; nothing says accountability like an app or wearable telling you to push yourself a little harder.
Stay tuned in 2015 to see what other health and fitness trends surface! We'll be on the lookout, so keep checking back for the latest in exercises, health, fitness, and nutrition. Oh, and happy New Year!