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2014 Fitness Trends

If you’re walking 30 minutes a day and nothing else, make 2014 your year to add to your routine. Try one new thing on this list – or try them all – and get your fitness on track.

The American College of Sports Medicine has released its list of the top fitness trends for 2014. The ACSM is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world with more than 50,000 international, national and regional members. What trend will you embrace this year?

High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT):

HIIT involves short bursts of activity followed by a short period of rest or recovery and the workout is usually performed in less than 30 minutes.

Body Weight Training:
Using minimal equipment, body weight training may be the most affordable workout on this list. It’s not just push-ups, pull-ups and planks, but it is a back-to-basics trend.

Strength Training.
Strength training, in addition to aerobic exercise and flexibility work, is an essential part of a complete physical activity program for all physical abilities and ages.

Exercise and Weight Loss.
Weight loss programs are incorporating regular exercise along with calorie restrictions to improve weight control.

Personal Training.

As more students graduate with kinesiology degrees, more health and fitness facilities are employing them as personal trainers.

Fitness Programs for Older Adults.

Many aging Baby Boomers are retiring with more discretionary funds, in addition to more time for exercise. Health and fitness professionals are creating more age-appropriate fitness programs to keep older adults healthy and active.

Functional Fitness.
Functional fitness includes strength training to improve balance for easier daily living tasks. It is a trend closely related to fitness programs for older adults.

Group Personal Training.
Many personal trainers are offering more group training options to ease the financial burden of one-on-one training. It also helps individuals tap more motivation from the group.

Ancient yoga practice is a series of specific body postures that improve health and relaxation. Variations include Power Yoga, Yogalates, Bikram, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Kripalu, Anurara, Kundalini, Sivananda and more. 

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