Stuck with a few extra pounds after holiday season? 2009 may be your year to get in great shape and jump into a new workout routine.
The American College of Sports Medicine has published the results of its 2008/2009 survey to highlight the top trends in health and fitness for the oncoming year. The complete results of the survey can be viewed here.
If you’re determined to work off that holiday weight and get buff before Spring break this year, here are a few ways to catch the latest fitness craze:
1. Return of the Stability Ball. Workout routines centered around a stability ball help you increase strength in core muscle groups and help you improve your balance. Join a BOSU Ball fitness class or a fitness program that incorporates a stability ball into the mix to build up muscle strength.
2. Power Pilates. Pilates continues to be a popular strength training workout, but this year might make it to the top 5 list because there’s no expensive equipment required – a big plus during the economic crunch. It only takes a few sessions to learn the moves, and you can stretch yourself into shape in no time.
3. Personal Trainer at Your Service. The ACSM reports that more people will be turning to personal trainers to learn how to perfect key movements, build up muscle strength and try new workouts. Personal trainers will also be important for baby boomers who want to stay healthy and happy in the oncoming years.
4. Bootcamp 101. Sport-specific training is another top trend for 2009, which means you can re-ignite your love for soccer, football or other sport you enjoyed in high school and get yourself into tip-top shape. Keep an eye out for high-intensity circuit training routines at a gym near you.
5. Workouts with the Kids. With childhood obesity rates on the rise, more parents are trying to find ways to encourage kids to get – and stay – active. Working out with the kids means you can gear up for a fresh new routine and enjoy some quality bonding time in the process.
6. Spinning Mania. If you’ve been apprehensive about signing up for spinning class, don’t wait another year; expect to see more spinning classes appearing at the local fitness center and burn off hundreds of calories in just one session.
7. Functional Fitness. Exercise programs designed around day-to-day activities will help you increase strength and endurance and also improve your posture and balance. Simple routines such as kicking a ball, doing seated crunches or lifting light weights will help you learn how to move your body’s center of gravity fluidly and easily. These types of exercises are a good match for all fitness levels.