It’s a new year and, as usual, one of the top resolutions for 2009 is to get in shape. With so many options available for getting fit, there’s no reason to let a workout grow stale and boring. Now, more than ever, there are ways to keep your workout routine fresh and interesting. Here are some of the best exercise trends for 2009.
Exercise trends for 2009: Integrated workouts
While aerobics still play an important role for calorie burning and toning the heart, in 2009 you’re likely to see aerobic moves incorporated into muscle toning routines. Instead of thirty minutes of straight, heart pumping aerobics, you’ll see calorie burning moves such as plyometrics or jumping rope alternating with resistance moves using barbells or resistance bands. This back and forth action burns more calories while simultaneously toning muscles. It also saves time by combining aerobics and strength training into one comprehensive workout.
Exercise trends for 2009: Quick workouts
For busy people who have limited time to exercise, expect to see more fast workouts that still get the job done. Studies now show that high intensity exercise for short periods burns more calories and offers more cardiovascular benefits than longer, less intense exercise sessions. Expect the number of ten minute, intense workouts offered on DVD’s to increase as people strive to maximize their time as well as their workout benefits.
Exercise trends for 2009: Senior oriented workouts
With the baby boomers aging, they’ll be more demand for exercise options for seniors. This will mean more water aerobics classes, low impact aerobics, as well as stretching and balance classes. Water aerobic classes provide the perfect workout for older Americans with joint problems such as arthritis.
Exercise trends for 2009: Mind-body fitness workouts
Exercise for 2009 will be experiential for the mind as well as the body. Yoga classes which balance mind and body are gaining in popularity as people discover their stress relieving benefits. It also doesn’t hurt that a study conducted on middle aged adults showed that those who practiced yoga lost an average of five pounds over a decade without changing their diet. You can also expect to see more classes combining yoga and Pilates moves to soothe the mind as well as tone the abdominal core region.
Exercise trends for 2009: Focusing on fun
The fitness world now acknowledges that it’s easier to stick with an exercise routine if it’s something you enjoy. Expect to see more focus on fun fitness in 2009 with lots of dance class options incorporating dancing techniques from a variety of cultures including Latin and African dance moves. For the more adventurous, there’s belly dancing and pole dancing. The only real criteria is that you enjoy doing it.
Exercise trends for 2009 provide lots of options for getting into great shape? What’s holding you back?