Need to know fitness trends

Every year there’s new fitness trends or diets announced that are guaranteed to help us achieve our dream bodies, and whilst those beach days may be a little way off yet, keeping healthy all year round is far better for us and can help us to feel a lot better both physically and mentally.

Of course, we know it’s a case of moving more and eating a balanced diet, but these fitness trends will help to keep you in shape in 2016 and beyond.

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Clean Eating

Clean eating is still big news and a trend that doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon, so getting clued up on what’s clean to eat in your kitchen cupboards is a must. Eating clean is essentially trying to eat foods in as natural state as possible. Try to eat foods that have as little ingredients as you can find, many who try to eat clean stick to a 10 ingredients or less rule.

Avoiding processed and refined foods you should look to fruit, vegetables, nuts and eggs instead. If you’re a carb lover then try switching from your usual pasta and rice favourites, to whole-wheat versions with unrefined grains. An even better swap is rice to quinoa, with a high fiber and protein count, it’s also packed with more calcium, magnesium and iron than brown rice. When cooking steaming helps to preserve the most nutrients over any other method of cooking, so keep that in mind.

Wearable Tech

Wearable tech is helping us keep fit by making us work harder to achieve our goals and allowing us to become more aware of keeping healthy every day. Think about how often we walk to and from university, work or the shops, keeping track will allow you to add it all up and it’s likely you do more exercise in your daily routines than you think.

If you take your fitness a little more seriously than a daily walk (although that’s great exercise and shouldn’t be sniffed at), then you can also check your food and water intake, compare goals with friends and check your quality of sleep. These benefits are worth checking out and may just sway you to pick up a fitness tracker.

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Crossfit

Crossfit isn’t for the faint hearted and it takes a lot of hard work and energy to be a cross fitter. Crossfit workouts take around approximately one hour and involve a combination of strength, weight and high intensity interval training. No routine is the same and one minute you could be completing a sprint, followed by burpees, pull ups and some deadlifts thrown in – phew!

Whilst you’re working up a sweat, you’ll have team mates around you for support but as crossfit classes are often taken in large groups you may not have any one on one coaching. Like any new sport you are often more vulnerable to injury at first as you become used to the moves and stamina required, so remember to listen to your body and know when to stop.

 Waist Training

Dating back as far as the 1900s, waist training is still popular today and with celebrity fans including the Kardashians and Jessica Alba, you’re in good company. Essentially the lazy girls way to achieve that perfect hourglass figure, simply pop under your usual clothes and you’re good to go.

Make your waist trainer work harder for you and combine with regular exercise to help tone your stomach, cinch in your waist and improve your posture. These waist trainers from Waisted UK, are adjustable so start on the loosest setting and gradually bring it in, you should aim to wear it for a minimum of 3 to 4 hours per day to see results. Hello curves!

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Alternative Yoga

Getting healthy isn’t just about how we look, but how we feel too and yoga is one of the best forms of exercise to help keep you in tune with your body. Becoming more mindful was certainly a hot topic in 2015 and it’s a theme running throughout 2016 too. Yoga unclutters the mind, builds core strength and focuses on your breathing, leading you to a more relaxed and positive outlook.

In recent years there have been a few fury animals getting involved in yoga with dog yoga now a thing of the past, rabbits are now getting in on the action. A recent bunny yoga class in Canada aimed to raise awareness of abandoned rabbits and increase adoption rates, whilst people completed their weekly yoga session. Laughter yoga is also on the rise with the belief that fake laughter turns into real laughter and promotes better internal wellbeing.

These fitness trends have hopefully inspired to up your fitness game for 2016, but keep in mind that fad diets and exercise routines won’t help you to lose weight or achieve your body goals.

Sadly there is no quick fix so keep in mind that a prolonged healthy attitude to your body will pay off long term.

 

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