When it comes to working out, most people prefer some simple and old-fashioned exercising such as running, jogging, cycling and going to the gym. However, every now and then we can notice certain trends in the fitness industry that take over the world. And is there something more that people love than trends? Probably, but trends are still among the top ten things.
Stressing the importance of physical activity as a part of our everyday routine has become a mainstream movement. To motivate people to join, the sports and fitness industry keeps introducing new forms of exercising. Here are some of the most popular exercising forms today.
The first place definitely goes to yoga. There are 37 million yoga practitioners solely in the US! So, why is yoga one of the most popular ways of exercising? First of all, you don’t need any equipment, you can do it even in a really tiny space, all you need is a mat or a blanket. Besides, yoga allows people to meditate, and clear their minds while activating the muscles and stretching the ligaments. Moreover, yoga is a perfect way of combining spiritual practice with physical activity.
Anaerobic training, as opposed to aerobic training, is any activity where your body uses oxygen to break down glucose. What characterizes this type of workout are high-intensity training, shorter length, and releasing a lot of energy over a short period of time. Some of the most popular anaerobic exercises are strength training, weight lifting, and HIIT. Each of these is different and provides unique results in terms of hypertrophy, strength, and endurance.
Typically attended by women, Zumba classes are a combining Latin and international music practitioners exercise along with following an instructor. The moves are music-coordinated and this type of exercise is categorized as cardio exercise. It is also one of the biggest and most popular branded fitness programs on the planet. It was designed by Alberto “Beto” Pérez who is a Colombian dancer and choreographer.
If you are into working out, you probably heard about this one. CrossFit is characterized by effective exercise and sound nutrition, and just like Zoomba, it is a branded fitness regimen designed by Greg Glassman and it is a fitness program with HIIT elements as well as competitive philosophy. CrossFit practitioners usually use fitness equipment such as kettlebells, boxes, weights and incorporate Olympic weightlifting, powerlifting, gymnastics, and plyometrics. One setback of the program that many fitness experts criticize is the fact that it causes frequent injuries.
And if you are feeling stressed out, and you don’t think yoga is going to cut it for you, you can opt for a more active way of dealing with stress while working out. One of the most popular types of exercise, kickboxing, allows you to break a sweat, do your cardio, while activating your core muscles, arm and legs. Plus, it is fun and dynamic. It is a high-energy cardio workout that will help you feel more energized, gain confidence, stay strong and even learn how to defend yourself. If you have never done boxing, prepare for a lot of sweating, hard punches, and muscle soreness.