We're going to be taking a look at two of the most popular fitness trends of 2018, according to CNN. We'll dive into why they were so popular and how you can incorporate them into your daily physical routine!
- High Intensity Interval Training
HIIT is a training technique in which you give 100% of what you got for short periods of time, followed by short (sometimes active) periods of rest. A good example of this would be quick 30 second sprint in intervals during a moderate paced jog. This type of training has become very popular as it is known to keep your heart rate up and burn more calories in less time. According to Fitnessblender.com, with this work out structure you can burn up to 8-12 calories per minute, so for a 30 minute period you can burn anywhere between 261-374 calories.The US national physical activity guidelines recommends approximately 150 minutes of moderate activity per week, but while performing high intensity interval training you can bring this number down to 70 minutes per week. It is worth pointing out that whenever you perform a HIIT activity there is a higher risk of injury, in order to perform this kind of training you must not only feel comfortable in your physical condition but it is also suggested to get a good physical exam in order to reduce risk of injury. If you do not feel comfortable in your physical condition to perform enduring HIIT exercises you can start of with simpler ones, such as burpees, jumping jacks, skipping rope and many more!
2. Group Training
This year there was a survey completed by 4,133 professional trainers from around the world. HIIT being the number one trend, they ranked Group Training as the second most popular fitness trend of 2018. This trend is quite clear to spot the reasoning behind it. For those who are not extremely excited to be exercising, it is even less exciting to be doing it alone. Group training and classes allow you motivate each other and make the most out of your work out. Having a group of people who are there to achieve the same goal as you will be huge motivation to pursue and continue with your fitness goals.Furthermore, there is the natural human instinct of competition. When placed in a group training environment you can't help but be competitive and try to be as good if not better than those around you! Group training does not always have to be in such a massive group, two friends working on treadmills next to each other chatting and discussing can make the time go by much faster and make going to the gym a lot easier and more fun!
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