Best Fitness Trends To Try In 2014
Image: WikipediaInstead of trying a nutty fad exercise trend or doing the same old exercise routine this year, how about trying what experts predict will be the hot exercises for 2014. These workouts also have serious exercise science behind them.
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT):
HIIT involves short bursts of high-intensity exercise alternating with brief recovery periods. These workouts are extremely intense, last under 30 minutes, and have been around for years. Popular workouts like P90X and CrossFit base their programs on HIIT principles. These workouts are best for long time exercisers in good condition who are looking for a challenge. They are not great “starter” workouts. Benefits include conditioning and strength without bulking up, which makes the workouts attractive to women. HIIT uses functional exercises like throwing medicine balls and bear crawls with kettle balls. HIIT, CrossFit and similar programs will push you to the edge of your exercise capability and more. WebMD and SparkPeople both have reputable HIIT workout routines, and CrossFit gyms have popped up all over the country.
Body Weight Training:
This do-anywhere minimalist full body strengthening program is actually a return to previous strength training regimes. Think Marine Corps Boot Camp: Exercisers use minimal equipment, and get back to the basics with push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups, wall sits and planks. Benefits include low cost (FREE), full-body strengthening and proven results. Find out more at Men’s Fitness and Schwarzenegger.com.
SpeedFlex claims to be “one of the best ways to get in shape, push yourself and have fun.” The SpeedFlex machines originated in the world of physical therapy, designed to improve endurance and flexibility. The system mixes resistance training with cardio and circuit training. Expect burpees, squats and pull-ups combined with electronic fitness monitors that show how hard you are working during the session. Each exercise lasts 30 seconds, with brief rest periods, for 4 minute circuits. In a 45-minute class, you can burn 500-1000 calories, according to experts. Found your nearest Speedflex gym at SpeedFlexUSA.
Wearable, Integrated Exercise Technology:
Wearable tech should allow exercisers to gather data about their exercise efficiency and energy expenditure. The Recon Instruments “Jet,” due mid-2014 for about $600, will give users a heads-up display of their data including heart rate monitoring, power meters and cadence sensors. Other systems like smart watches, FitBit, UP by Jawbone, and the Nike+ FuelBand, monitor steps taken, calories burned, sleep efficiency and more. According to the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), demand for these devices quadrupled from 2012 to 2013. CEA expects revenues to pass $1 billion in 2014 – a 37 percent increase from 2013 sales. wereable fitness technology can give you a real boost to your fitness regimen, so perhaps you should take a serious look at including them in your life this year.