TIPS & TRENDS OF
The New Year is often a time for change, with many people making ‘New Year Resolutions’ in order to better themselves for the year ahead. Remarkably those people who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t. Two in every three New Year’s resolutions set fitness objectives as part of their goals. Today we explore the top fitness tips & trends for 2015.
HOW TO MAINTAIN THOSE RESOLUTIONS THIS YEAR
Making resolutions is the first step, but you need a plan and a healthy dose of perseverance if you want to succeed. The key to succeeding in your fitness goals in 2015 is to plan, plan, plan. Don’t over estimate your abilities and draw up a realistic schedule that you can keep to, by planning ahead you can ensure that you maintain your fitness goals beyond January.
One of the most important things to remember that even as your body changes, your perception of yourself may not. For many of us we feel that once we lose that bit of body fat, or bulk up that specific muscle group that we will feel much better about ourselves, but the reality is that even if you reach and exceed your goals you may feel a little underwhelmed.
The most crucial thing to remember when taking on a new regime is that slip ups are inevitable, and the way in which you deal with them is what really measures your commitment to your goal. It is a common trend that once you fall off the wagon you remain there, but dealing with setbacks is one of the most important things in changing your attitude. If you miss a gym day, don’t skip the week, get back on the horse and believe you can reach your goal.
FITNESS TREND FORECAST FOR 2015
What will overtake Crossfit, Soulcycle, or TRX as the top fitness trend of 2015?
If you don't know the acronym, it stands for High Intensity Interval Training. High intensity interval training is fast becoming the most sought after fitness trend for 2015. As a basic rule you work out hard, really hard, for a set amount of time at a particular exercise, then recover for a set amount of time and repeat. The reason HIITs is growing in popularity is because it works for almost all levels of fitness and results come pretty fast for most people. Some well-known examples of this type of exercise are the popular P90X and Insanity exercise programs.
HIITs and Recovery go hand in hand. The rise of HIITs has lead to a greater awareness of having to look after your body once you have worked out hard. The new trend of "Recovery" programs or "Self Care" workouts include Self Myofascial Release (SMR) methods that use massage balls and foam rollers. The most high profile examples of this kind of exercise are restorative yoga & self myofascial release (SMR).
While telemetry isn’t exactly a new phenomenon, in 2015 it is set to become more widespread than ever before. Using technology such as wristbands that track your daily activity, heart rate monitors and other wearable devices to monitor your body’s health and fitness. Integrating personal data (i.e. heart rate, physical activity, sleep cycles, blood PH, etc.) with apps or software, will engage more people trying to live healthier lifestyle. The top sellers in this market are the popular FitBit and Nike Fuelband with tech innovators Apple looking to branch into this market in 2015 with the launch of the Apple iWatch.
FITNESS TIPS TO EMBRACE THIS YEAR
Work on your weaknesses
Working on the things that you need and aren’t very good at is the fastest way to help you improve movement, performance and body composition. Plus it will test your desire and build your fortitude.
Pay attention to rest periods
Rest periods are among the most overlooked aspects of training. Yet they are critical to your results if you goals involve getting bigger or losing fat. So keep an eye on the clock.
Start a gratitude journal
Stress drives up the hormone cortisol which leads to a nice layer of flab on your lower belly. Gratitude journals have been proven to reduce stress levels. Simply write down 6 things that you are grateful for each day.
Begin late night visualisations
Your body isn’t the only thing that responds to training; your mind is just as powerful. Take some time to visualize your success, whether in the gym or elsewhere, to help you to become more successful.
Seek out a great training partner
A training partner can help push you harder, keep you accountable and may just make training more fun. If nothing else, you’ll never again have to search around the gym for a spot.
Sort out your sleeping schedule
Getting enough sleep ensures that you are optimizing the anabolic hormonal responses that only occur while you’re asleep. Set and keep a sleep schedule that has you tucked in for 8 hours per night. Remember all your gains come while you are recovering from your training session.
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