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Are you a fitness trendsetter, a trend follower or happily oblivious to trends?
Do you enjoy trying to keep up with new trends, or do you prefer to stick with what you know works for you? Take a look at my six tips to help you shop the current fitness trends for fun, safe, and effective workouts
In fashion, there are mainstay items that stand the test of time, such as the little black dress or the tailored suit. Then there are the passing or ‘cycling’ trends such as bright colors and leg warmers (the 80’s were fab!) that come and go with a little added flair every few years.
I look at fitness in the same way. The fitness industry goes through trends just like the fashion industry does. For example: the little black dress of fitness could be thought of as keep-fit staples like running or cycling. These activities are always popular, simple but effective (and able to boost any occasion with some elegant ‘wow factor’).
Before joining a new class, fitness group, or sports team, you need to consider a few practicalities. Look for something fun, safe and right for you. No matter how enthusiastic you might be at the beginning, one of the most common reasons that people abandon a fitness regimen is boredom or dread at going to class.
Today, I want to help you to navigate fitness trends with ease by giving you six quick fitness-shopping tips.
Ballet, martial arts, weight training and traditional dance are all forms of fitness that have stood the test of time. It can be fun to combine disciplines or add a little sparkle with some creative beats. But if it looks complicated and crazy, it may be best to pass.
Extreme fitness tends to cause more harm than good. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. People ask me for the one magic fitness regimen or single exercise that will get them in shape. Disappointingly, I have to say that the best course is always slow and steady. It might not be what you want to hear, but anyone offering a fast solution probably doesn’t have your best interests in mind.
If you want to run a marathon, you may not want to choose a style of fitness that is all about power and lifting heavy weights. If you want to build muscle, a simple dance class may not be the answer.
This doesn’t mean that an endurance runner won’t benefit from strength exercises, or a dance class might not be fun. However, if time might be a barrier, then making sure you will meet your year’s fitness goals should be a priority.
With functional fitness you can’t go wrong. Fitness that is based on natural movement patterns and proven science is a great starting point, regardless of your age or current fitness level.
By functional fitness, I mean making time for exercises like squats, which build up the muscles that we need to sit and stand. Or, building arm strength to ensure we can all lift things in the kitchen. While functional fitness may sound basic, it’s often overlooked by people at all fitness levels.
Just because a new fitness trend costs the earth, doesn’t mean it’s the right fit for you. We often associate paying a lot of money with guaranteed quality, when, in reality, some of the best things are free.
If there is a trend that you simply must try, then there may be lower cost ways to try it before committing. Many gyms offer a free trial period, or fitness DVDs can be a low cost entry point to celebrity fitness trends.
If you’re starting from scratch, then choose something simple that doesn’t require a 12-month financial commitment or a whole lot of gear. Believe me when I say that feeling under pressure to get fit will only leave you resentful. The only way to get fit is to want to get fit!
For me, fitness can be as fun and rewarding as fashion, because in the same way that the perfectly fitting little black dress can make you feel fabulous, so can a fun workout that you simply love. My advice for today is: have fun trying new activities, but most importantly, look after your body and aim to be healthy and active every day.