The hottest fitness trends for 2015

Posted on April 7, 2015

Published: 07 April 2015

Woman practising Anti gravity yogaIn today's fitness mad society it seems that there's always a new craze on the horizon. Inventions and reinventions are constantly emerging in the world of exercise, some of which are undoubtedly short lived. However, that's not to say that all new fads are guaranteed to fail. A mixture of technology and clever thinking means that the experts of the fitness world are coming up with innovative methods of staying fit that really do bring something valuable to the table.

Imaginative exercise classes and trends are a great way of experimenting with how you can boost your everyday health. The more fun and productive the activity is, the more likely you are to keep going with it. So what is 2015 telling us to jump on board with? Should we be going all out aerobic or working up a sweat with bursts of high intensity activity? We investigate...

Underwater cycling

Underwater cycling, or 'aqua spinning', is becoming increasingly popular as 2015 ticks on. Upon attending a class, you can expect to be worked pretty hard, but to feel tons of benefits too. Firstly, the underwater nature of the activity means that muscle soreness is significantly reduced compared with out of water exercise. The second great aspect of aqua spinning, and possibly the biggest motivator, is the fact that you can burn up to 800 calories per hour whilst taking part.

Benefits:

  • Burn up to 800 calories in an hour
  • No impact on joints thanks to water buoyancy and its zero gravity feeling
  • No post workout muscle soreness
  • Tackles cellulite and water retention
  • Enhances flexibility
  • Faster recovery from injury
  • Prevents varicose veins

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

HIIT's biggest selling point is the fact that it keeps you burning calories long after you've finished your work out. Involving rapid bursts of high intensity activity, broken up by short periods of recovery, the science behind it says that it can boost your metabolism for up to 48 hours after the session. This is because the intense nature of the activity increases your need for oxygen, creating an oxygen shortage, which causes your body to ask for more oxygen during recovery. This post workout effect is called Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption, which makes you burn more fat and calories than regular aerobic exercise1.  Types of activity that are valid for HIIT include running, cycling, sit-ups, jump squats, push ups, split jumps and tricep dips.

Benefits:

  • Increases your metabolism
  • Quick and convenient - a session should last around thirty minutes
  • No need for equipment
  • Burns more calories in a shorter period of time
  • Burns fat

AntiGravity Yoga

AntiGravity Yoga is one of the latest interpretations of the age old and proven health activity, yoga. Using an 'anti gravity hammock', a session will take place entirely off the ground. Not just a way to get in shape, it has been claimed that AntiGravity Yoga allows, "the participant to better understand their body and its relationship to physics2."  As with all forms of yoga, this is as much about the mind as it is the body, giving you a chance to practice mindfulness and reduce stress levels, all while getting fit. The technique was created by gymnasts, which can be seen clearly in the way participants move independent of the ground, using their hammocks for support.

Benefits:

  • Increased muscle flexibility
  • Muscle strengthening
  • Core strengthening
  • Decompression of spine
  • Better joint mobility
  • Mindfulness
  • Fine tuning of balance and agility
  • Hydration of vertebral disks

Booty Barre

Created by celebrity trainer, Tracey Mallet, back in 2009, Booty Barre has grown steadily in popularity over the past few years and is now set to be one of the hottest trends of 2015. Combining dance, Pilates and yoga techniques, Booty Barre offers a totally new take on your average gym class. It's particularly good for toning and shaping the whole body. As the name would suggest, there's a big element of barre work in the class, which is great for strengthening muscles. A barre is the traditional wall mounted rail that dancers use in training, and if their bodies are anything to go by, we can't see a reason not to jump on board with it straight away.

Benefits:

  • Toning of bum, hips and thighs
  • Slow, methodical movements that can be easier to master than other higher intensity exercise
  • Good form of cardiovascular exercise
  • Strengthens every major muscle in the body
  • Burns fat
  • Elongates muscles

It looks like we'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to getting fit in 2015. The best thing about all of these trends is that they explore new ways of making the most of our bodies, and try to keep it fun too. Whether you find your calling in aqua spinning, or are more at home on the barre, let us know how you get on with your 2015 exercise regimes using the Twitter hashtag #SHhealthyhabits.

Sources

1. http://dailyburn.com/life/fitness/high-intensity-hiit-workout/ 
2. http://antigravityyoga.co.uk/?page_id=2

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