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. No equipment necessary and it 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.

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