Still doing the same workouts you did 5 years ago? You could be missing out on a whole heap of physical and mental goodness, if you haven’t tried these fitness trends.
Small Group Fitness
Small group fitness may make financial sense – more sessions for your buck than personal training, but, its value goes much deeper.
Working out with others taps into some fundamental human needs. As social creatures, people like to belong and share a path to a common goal. Exercising with others develops a sense of responsibility for the group, not just your own health, making you less likely to pike.
Whether you enjoy the cohesion or the competition, group exercise increases your motivation and lessens feelings of fatigue, improving performance, so you reach your goals faster. Social connection also enhances satisfaction and enjoyment – and if it feels good you’re more likely to add it to your already busy day.
Like everyone, you are short of time. Not enough minutes in an hour, or hours in the day.
What if there was a piece of fitness equipment that enabled you to achieve many more benefits in far less time?
Introducing, the suspension trainer, or TRX. Complete all your favourite – or should we say, must-do, exercises with much greater efficiency and effect. No longer is a push up just a push up. On the TRX it is a chest, shoulders and arms strengthening exercise, combined with an upper body joint stabilising and core workout. There is a reason TRX classes are only 30-40 minutes.
Your work-life may have you sitting down, but you are certainly not resting and rejuvenating. Long hours spent at a computer de-conditions and tightens your muscles, whilst the fast pace, high stress juggle of it all keeps your mind racing to the extent you may unknowingly live in a permanent state of fight or flight – and that’s tiring.
The beauty of mind body workouts like yoga is they stretch your body and calm your mind. Not every workout needs to be intense sweat and burn. A focus on breathing and listening to your body stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system and can help with everything from digestion to weight loss. When it comes to your weekly workouts, mix in some ‘om’ with your ‘ouch’.
By Rachel Livingstone Personal Trainer & Owner of The Health Hub www.healthhub.net.au