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Fitness Trends for 2018

If you’re like most people, you have a basement or garage full of fitness equipment and gadgets that at one time seemed appealing. You used them for a few weeks or months, then the commitment and novelty wore off. Research points out that when people exercise by themselves, they will quit far soon than if they’ve joined a fitness group or had a buddy. Most gyms offer various exercise classes from pilates to yoga to some new fitness trends.

Let’s face it, we don’t want to exercise in the first place, so doing time-efficient training is not only beneficial, it will keep us motivated. Depending on your fitness level, you may want to try HIIT or LIIT.

HIIT — High Intensity Interval Training has been around for several years, but it’s becoming increasingly popular because it’s super efficient. It does not require any equipment and can be done anywhere. It combines intense bursts of exercises followed by moderate movements and recovery periods. Doing this form of exercise for about 15 – 30 minutes, 3 times a week, will reward you will stunning results. You can torch a ton of calories, plus it increases your oxygen and speeds up your metabolism. It also keeps your heart rate up and you burn way more fat is far less time than your average aerobics class.

If you’re a beginner to this new trend of exercise, I found a few articles, that will get you started. 3 Quick  HIIT Workouts for Beginners shares a 10 minute, a 20 minute and a 30 minute workout. If you’re looking for more variety, then the 4 Week HIIT Plan for Beginners is worth viewing.

LIIT – Low Intensity Interval Training is similar to HIIT but it’s not as strenuous. Just like HIIT there are two speeds but with LIIT, the faster pace which is not as intense and a normal pace is quite comfortable. A simple way to include a LIIT workout in your day is to walk about 5 – 10 minutes at your normal pace and then pick up speed for about 1 – 2 minutes. Continue this interval for about 30 minutes. It will still help keep you fit, your heart rate up and your weight down.

46 Comments

  • I just want it to be nice enough out to go for a daily walk whenever I feel stuffed…with this ridonkulous -35C bs, its hard enough just walking across town to get to work.

  • The beginner would definitely be for me since it has been almost a year since I have been working out. Right now I want to get into some light work outs though because I am pregnant and do not want to push it

  • I like the Low Intensity workout because with joint problems it is just kinder on the body! Great suggestions, trying to get back to some semblance of shape with the very cold winter we are having in Manitoba… much too cold to walk for the last 2 weeks.

  • Sooo I have concluded I like Low Intensity Interval Training more just because I may excuses myself from working out otherwise.
    I started daily protein powder too. I do think it is helping me feel better! Although this week I am on the couch with a head cold 🙁 so feeling good isn’t something I can judge haha

  • I love going for nature walks anyway, so all I have to change is to pick up the pace a bit. Now, if only Mother Nature would dial down the cold I could start getting back on track! Thanks for the super information!

  • I am one of those people with all the exercise equipment that just collects dusts or moonlights as a coat hanger instead. I’m definitely going to look into this, because I really do need to get motivated to start working out again. Thank you!

  • Low Intensity Interval Training would be great for me. I like to get outside walking but since the weather is not great and our sidewalks are not done I use my treadmill a few times a week. I do need to mix it up.

  • I am not a very trendy person and usually avoid the latest and greatest trends but the high intensity interval training sounds really effective and doable. I may have to give it a try.

  • These sounds lots of fun! I do Aquafit 2 or 3 times a week and walk 3-5 times a week for 30 minutes. I also do a walking video sometime instead of walking on the treadmill. I need to do more upper body resistance but the arthritis in my neck is really working againts me..

  • I wish I could exercise but I haven’t been able to get to the gym for over a year due to my health. I used to do interval training before though. It is the best way to burn calories because you switch up the intensity levels so your body doesn’t get used to staying at a certain pace.

  • I watched the beginner’s work out and book-marked the page. I try to work out two to four times a week and this will be awesome to refer to. Exercising makes me feel so good and I find it addicting and need it now. Thanks for this.

  • I’m a fan of HIIT – I used to take a TRX class that followed the same principals, and saw great gains in my cardiovascular fitness.

  • I think walking is one of the best exercises as long as the weather is agreeable. However, you can also find large malls to walk around the the lousy weather. Great site, thanks

  • I’ve heard a lot of about HIIT but not so much LIIT! I definitely think I should start off with LIIT first because I’ve been so inactive these past weeks.

  • It’s amazing how many different exercise regimes come and go. I still remember when the 20 minute workout came on TV back in the 80’s.

  • I love walking and try to go for a walk 4-5 times per week and also try to do 20 min. on an elliptical machine every day.

  • I had a look at the exercises and some of them look fun. LIke the kickboxing. I think I would enjoy that one. I have just started Yoga for the first time ever. So far so good. Baby steps.

  • I have to do passive workouts which can be done no matter way I am doing . I walk everywhere & take the stairs . In the garden I warm up first and then work out the muscles as I go. I have rheumatoid arthritis which restricts how I do things and when . Good points here which will be helpful.

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