By: Jae Curtis, Lifestyle Expert
After months of being stuck inside on the treadmill, it’s understandable that you’re ready to take advantage of better weather and breathe some fresh air into your fitness routine. But where to start? Each year, it seems like there are even more fitness fads and the results can be dubious at best. Know the difference between the trends worth trying and those you can skip to create a fitness routine you totally love.
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Sure, you could hit a gym packed with every type of fitness equipment you could ever want, but it might not guarantee you a great workout. In most cases, your own body is all you need to get a great workout, which is especially convenient if you’re on a budget, are tight on space, or travel a lot. The old standards of lunges, squats, planks, and crunches can help you tone up, while mountain climbers, jumping jacks, and squat jumps can elevate your heart rate and help you blast calories. Who needs a gym to get fit this spring?
The fitness industry is finally getting it: make exercise quick and convenient or it won’t happen at all. That’s the sentiment among fitness professionals who are banishing hour-long sweat seshes in favor of “express” style workouts. After all, if you can achieve the same results in 20 minutes that you could in an hour, why exercise longer than you have to? Of course, it’s a matter of quality, which means planning dynamic workouts that keep you moving and challenged for the full 20 or 25 minutes. Still, it’s better to get in a short workout than none at all, so make quickie workouts your spring fitness trend to try.
You’ve probably heard about hot yoga, but what about hot Pilates? It’s the latest strength training trend for spring, combining the slow and specific moves of Pilates with the heat more common in hot yoga classes. With warm, moist air on tap, muscles are more pliable and students can burn even more calories while toning and tightening their bodies. You’ll have to find a class that offers hot Pilates, or try your own version at home by cranking up the heat and trying out some of your favorite moves.
Thanks to an influx of fitness-related technology, you don’t even need to go to the gym to reap the benefits of group training. Remote classes, like spin or yoga, that are livestreamed to your phone or tablet give you the group class experience without the time or distance. You can check into your favorite class wherever you are, helping you to stay on track and stay motivated all spring long.
Warmer weather is the perfect time to commit to a new fitness routine that you love. Checking out the newest fitness trends means finding your “soul mate” workout, and with each spring comes a wave of the latest and greatest techniques, gear, and classes. Don’t be afraid to mix up your routine and give something new a try. Who knows? You might totally fall in love with a new way to love your body.