With each year, we learn more ways to improve our fitness levels and become smarter about how and when we work out. From new technologies to the resurrection of old-school techniques, the fitness trends of each new year are a reflection of both innovation and tried-and-true methods. In 2016, embrace the following 5 fitness trends and witness an improvement in your fitness, figure, and relationship with the gym.
5 Fitness Trends of 2016
1. Wearable Technology
Tracking athletic performance is nothing new, but it is set to become a more common fixture in more people’s exercise routines. Wearable technology was just rated the number one fitness trend in 2016 by the American College of Sports Medicine. Wearable technology tracks valuable information like miles trekked, calories burned, and heart rate. Wearable technology site Wareable rated the best fitness trackers of 2015, such as Fitbit, Garmin, Jawbone, Misfit, and more. Check them out and find out which wearable technology is best for you!
2. IG Phenom: Kayla Itsines
Instagram is already a hotspot for fashion, beauty, and food personalities, and now it’s becoming the go-to clutch for fitness trainers around the world. If you haven’t heard about Kayla Itsines yet, now is the time. Australian-born fitness trainer has accrued 4.1 million followers on her IG account, where she promotes her Bikini Body Guide (BBG). The guide takes you through a 12-week program that requires only 2-3 days per week of her self-curated HIIT workouts, which last only 28 minutes each! The “before” and “after” body pictures posted by users will make your jaw drop to the floor. The changes are significant in such a short amount of time, but Kayla also suggests following her H.E.L.P dietary regimen to achieve the best results possible.
Her cult-like following is well deserved – Kayla not only promotes losing weight or looking better but also preaches positive thinking, a strong attitude, and self-love.
3. Calories are Out
Out with measuring calories and in with the whole foods. Diet crazes of years past had you counting, measuring, and projecting the intangible, elusive characteristics of certain foods and then deciding whether they fit your dietary protocol. This year, the measure is less numbers oriented and more quality focused. Instead of calories on your mind, you’ll now be weighing how clean, natural, organic, and life-enforcing a meal is before you let it graze your fork. It’s not enough to be vegan, low-fat, low-carb, or low-sugar these days. The real indication of a healthy, figure-friendly meal is now how close to nature it remains.
Athleisure is the new “it” term to describe what to wear in that area between athletic and leisure pursuits. Love it or hate it, the habit of wearing leggings everyday, even when not engaging in exercise, is the new normal for many women. Now, companies such as Lululemon, Athleta, and Nike are upping their games to make leggings, sports bras, and light airy jackets unique from one brand to the next and to encourage women to have more than just one piece of each in their closets. Carbon38 is perhaps one of the most exciting online destinations for athleisure-enthusiasts everywhere. The portal features fashion labels, big and small, that “make style statements from the gym to the streets and beyond”. Carbon38 features brands such as Alala, Koral, Teeki, Private Party, Michi, The Upside, and many, many more!
5. Foam Rolling
Foam rolling is a popular self-myofascial release technique already used by professional athletes and physical therapists. The method is like a self-massage that releases muscle tightness and trigger points (knots). It helps athletes and the regular exercisers to prevent injury, increase range of motion, lengthen the limbs, and correct muscle imbalances. Video tutorials are all over the internet, so you don’t need a professional to tell you how it’s done – get started now! The price for foam rollers range from as low as $8 to as high as $150, depending on the quality and density of the material used to make the roller as well as the brand.
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