Are Your Workouts Trending?

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By: Christine King Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers

If you’re repeating the same fitness program week after week, I’m sorry to say you’re not trending. You’re stuck. Many people who work out regularly use the workout routine they were first given when joining the gym. Or, they attend the same group exercise class every week. Admittedly, this is much more productive and healthy than sitting home on the sofa, however, it’s not helping to improve your overall strength and physical ability.

We’ve just passed the first quarter of the year so there’s still plenty of time to plunge into the trends!

Boxing and kickboxing (both in group environments and private lessons)

This makes my heart sing as we’ve used boxing moves for Parkinson’s patients for years! It’s a highly effective way to train strength, eye to hand coordination and improve cognitive function.  For others, it can be an explosive, high-intensity workout that releases tension, anxiety, and stress.

Mindful movement

Instructors are infusing more thoughtfulness and “flow states” during strength training and conditioning.  Rather than move through a workout chatting or gossiping, the instructor or trainer guides you through different breathing techniques and thoughts about the muscle groups and the flow of movements.

Health coaches

A Health Coach certification by the American Council on Exercise provides a Fitness Professional with a large scope of tools to help the client look at all areas of their well-being.  Rather than hire professionals with separate certifications, the Health Coach guides you towards your core needs for overall health, nutrition, and behavioral change. Then, the other professionals can more effectively join the team and swiftly help you achieve your goals. We implemented Health Coaches a couple of years ago and the response has been like a big sigh of relief for our clients.

Sensitivity towards older adults

The typical gym goer is 25-35 years old. Once they’ve gone to work, many gyms are changing the music and lowering the volume to accommodate the older generation. This creates a more comfortable and less intimidating environment.

Yoga

Studies show Yoga has been around for at least 5,000 years, maybe 10,000. Yet it remains on trend for many reasons. There are many styles of yoga which helps with variety. It’s calming and mindful. Depending on the class it can be one heck of a workout! However, the same repetition principle applies to Yoga. If you’re attending the same class week after week, it’s time to mix it up and try a different method.

Insurgence of online and streaming training and classes

No time to hit the gym, no worries. Many trainers accommodate clients with online sessions. So there really is no excuse to miss your workout!  In addition there are many live streaming and on-demand workouts you can do anytime, anywhere. So once again, no excuses!

As you can see it’s very simple to be “Trendy” in fitness this year. Break out of your normal routine and try something new. You’ll experience changes in both body and mind. Further, you’ll feel better, which is after all the goal of taking care of yourself!

Christine King is a Medical Exercise Specialist, Fitness Expert, and Founder of YourBestFit. The health and wellness company has helped thousands of clients recover from injuries, look and feel better and improve their overall well-being.  www.YourBestFit.com