Personal fitness is a realm that is ever-evolving. Whether due to advances in the science of fitness, or simply because of humanity's insatiable thirst for the new, the world of exercise never sits still (no pun intended). If you are hungry to add some zest to your 2017 exercise program and ultimately some more medals to your medal hangers, then consider including one or more of these growing trends in your personal fitness program:
1. Wearable Technology
Beam me up, Scotty! Looking to the power of tech to upgrade and empower individual fitness programs is going to be all the rage in 2017. And, unlike some tech trends, this one is likely here to stay. Among other essential uses, wearables can track distance, monitor vitals, provide route tracking and let you know when you've been just a little too stationary for your own good. Some models can even create an ongoing record of your overall fitness level.
2. Bodyweight Training
Man need not live by weights alone! This coming year, many among the ranks of the fitness-conscious will liberate themselves from the need for expensive equipment or costly gym memberships with bodyweight training. Requiring very little room, and incredibly effective in the creation of lean muscle mass, bodyweight training can serve either as an end in itself or as a safe and gentle introduction to weight-based resistance training. When combined with regular aerobic activity, bodyweight training is an awesome path to developing increased strength and flexibility.
3. Group Exercise
Find strength in numbers! Ever-mounting evidence from the medical community and fitness gurus testifies that working out in groups can make reaching fitness goals easier. Not only does group exercise prove to be great fun on a social level, but there is nothing like the power of group-think to give that extra push when things get tough!
Older is sometimes better! Yoga, the ancient practice of physical and personal well-being, has been growing in popularity for years, and is surely to continue to expand in its influence in 2017. What used to be the pursuit of a specialized, esoteric few is quickly becoming a household name. Men, women and children of all ages are coming to experience the many health benefits of yoga. Increased strength, flexibility and breath-control are just a few of the pluses. In addition, yoga has been proven to be of immense benefit in combating anxiety and depression.
5. BoxingPut your dukes up! Though certainly not a new sport, boxing is coming out of the ring (and the rather malodorous confines of professional gyms) to bring its legion of powerful health benefits to the common man and woman! Providing a highly effective combination of cardio and strength-training, blow-by-blow a boxing regimen will help you burn calories, build muscle and relieve stress.
So if your looking for something fresh to spice up and empower your personal fitness program for 2017, you might want to think about adding one of these exercise options to your repertoire!