Top Fitness Trends in 2017

 

1. Wearable Tech

When it comes to new trends or advances in the fitness industry, some form of new technology is inevitably behind these trends. Fitness trackers, heart rate monitors, step counters, and pedometers are what most people think of when we think of what tech we can wear.

This market is so huge that it hit over $6 billion in sales for 2016, and has shown no signs of slowing in 2017 so far.

preview-full-shutterstock_291164849If you are thinking of choosing to buy one of these technological gadgets, you may want to hold off before doing so. No one can deny the benefit and advantages that come from wearing these devices, however the fact is most people do not need them. If you aren’t at the point in your athletic career where you are minimizing calories and maximizing results to the point of counting every calorie.

Most people do not have the time or patience to do so, nor do they want to. While these devices can be very effective, for the average person they really become nothing more than an occasional crutch.

Studies have shown that people who wear these devices are actually more prone to gaining weight than if they did not use these devices at all. It is believed that the user knowing all of this information gives them a false sense of over-accomplishment and in turn they think it is ok to eat high calorie foods as a reward for these accomplishments.

Point is, on average these devices won’t do much except to burn another hole in your pocket.

 

2. High Intensity Interval Training

preview-full-shutterstock_256985293In today’s fast paced society, everyone is looking for a way to increase their most valuable asset, free time. Because of how valuable free time is to people today, exercise programs have been specifically designed around that purpose, to cut down exercise program times while not sacrificing results in the process.

The high-intensity interval training program was developed as a result of these needs. This time of program is developed around the concept of keeping the heart rate at near maximum during exercise, which should in turn maximize the results you see in that given time period. So far research has shown that the high intensity interval training program is extremely effective.

It is so effective that many professional athletes, trainers and sports physiology experts are incorporating this routine in to their own exercise programs as well. This program cuts down the time the user needs to dedicate to their routine down to only 30 minutes a day, for 4-5 times a week.

Not only is this exercise routine still effective in providing great results, it can work for virtually anyone given the small amount of time needed to do so.

 

3. Exercises Using Body Weight

This is a “new” trend that really has been around since the dawn of mankind. People are finally beginning to catch on to this type of fitness program which is not only easy to do, you can do it anywhere because you don’t need any equipment to do so. Also because of the fact that no equipment is needed, this makes this type of exercise routine cost virtually nothing, and anyone can do it.

Bodyweight training helps to increase skeletal muscle tissue and lean muscle mass among individuals who participate in this program. Bodyweight training is also very friendly when it comes to those beginning training because of how forgiving the exercises are.

You can also modify these exercises very easily to accommodate anyone of any difficulty level. This makes exercises using body weight a viable option for beginning athletes and professionals alike.

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