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Fitness forecast: Exercise trends for 2015

By: Canadian Living
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Fitness forecast: Exercise trends for 2015

By: Canadian Living
Fitness trends Want to know the best way to get fit and keep your New Year’s resolution? Try one of these top fitness trends predicted by Canada’s best exercise experts. Nearly 2,000 Canadian fitness professionals responded to the first national fitness trends survey to weigh in on the most effective fitness trends they think will make it big in 2015. Here are the winners: 1. High-intensity interval training You might have heard about HIIT in 2014, but it’s going to skyrocket in popularity in the coming year. HIIT is all about working your butt off for short spurts of time. It involves super-intense exercise interspersed with periods of rest. It’s a type of training that has been studied and been proven to have a significant impact on health, performance and body fat reduction. The benefits are more incredible when you compare them to the amount of steady cardio needed to produce a similar effect. HIIT workouts are perfect for Canadians’ fast-paced, busy lifestyles in 2015. But don't forget: you have to work your hardest to see the benefits. 2. Functional fitness This fitness trend is all about practicality, training with movements specifically designed to prepare you for activities in everyday life. Unlike regular strength training, functional fitness forces you to use many muscle groups and challenge your balance, because real-life activities rarely isolate one or two muscles at a time. Classes such as Goodlife’s Les Mills BODYPUMP incorporate these types of practical exercises—moves like squats, planks and pushups, which experts say mimic things we do in ordinary life. 3. Older adult training We’ve been hearing about our aging population for years now, but recently we’ve also been hearing about the incredible benefits exercise has for the mental and physical health of seniors. With new demand for exercise programs for older adults, fitness professionals are predicting that this category of workout will become huge in the coming years. According to Canadian Fitness Professionals (CanFitPro), many trainers are now becoming educated about how to offer safe, senior-friendly exercise programs to ready themselves for this future fitness trend. Other trends that made the top 10 list include working with fitness professionals and personal trainers, using one’s own body weight for resistance, doing express workouts (we’re talking 20 minutes or less), taking nutrition education programs, and doing bootcamps and circuit training. Check out the fitness trends that made it big in 2014.
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