5 Top Fitness Trends That Will Give You a Head Start for 2017

Though new year has already passed, you are never late!


You’ll love these healthy ways to kick off the new year. Welcoming another year means many things: thoughtful resolutions, reflecting on last year’s milestones, a fresh start, or another 365 days to commit to your health. 

And this year, you won’t even need to step onto a treadmill to achieve your personal best. If you’re looking for a fresh way to jumpstart a fitness regime, these exciting workouts will improve your strength, get your heart rate up, and increase flexibility.

1. BOXING STUDIOS


In 2016, fitness startup ClassPass saw an 89 percent increase in the number of boxing classes offered on it’s site, and in the US, boxing studios have been popping up all over the country.

This isn’t surprising, considering celebrities such as Gigi Hadid, Khloe Kardashian, and Ellie Goulding have all credited the sport to transforming their bodies. 

Boxing combines agility, cardio, and strength training and it’s also known to be a great stress reliever.

2. MEGAFORMER


Looking for a workout that will work your muscles like never before? Try the Megaformer workout, a combination of Pilates and bodybuilding. 

The system’s creator, Sebastien Lagree, designed the workout to focus on cardio, strength, endurance, body composition, and flexibility, all in under an hour. 

In other words, you might be sore for a few days thanks to this intense workout that will definitely whip you into shape.

3. LIVE STREAMING CLASSES


Welcome to the 2017, where you can stream your workouts like you would your favorite TV shows. Many studios now allow people to sign up for classes online and get a workout in wherever and whenever they want. 

Great news for fitness lovers who don’t live in places like NYC or Los Angeles and want to try out the latest workout trends.

4. HYBRID CLASSES


Think HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) and spinning combined into one. Many studios are now offering gym goers the option to mix cardio and strength training into one session, which torches more calories than a standard one-exercise class.

The classes allow participants to mix up their workouts and prevent injuries by targeting different muscles and making sure nothing is being overworked.

5. CARDIO PACKED DANCE CLASSES


Who wouldn’t want an exercise class that doesn’t even feel like exercise? Dance cardio workouts burn a ton of calories all while keeping your sweat session exciting and fun. 

You might not even realize you’re nearing the end of the workout while you’re dancing to the music. Although studios are popping up everywhere from California to New York, you can also try this new workout in the comfort of your own home.

Running Changes Our Brains and Affects Our Thinking

Running is a road to self-awareness and reliance – you can push yourself to extremes and learn the harsh reality of your physical and mental limitations or coast quietly down a solitary path watching the earth spin beneath your feet by Doris Brown . Are you familiar with this feeling? Do you gain insight into your emotional and physical self while you run? Do you enjoy the feeling of the wind against your face and the freedom of being outdoors alone with your thoughts? You may feel that after a good run your mind is clear and ready to absorb information. You can also find that your outlook is more positive after a run and that things that were troubling you no longer feel so bad. Well, your feelings have a scientific basis. Research conducted in the field of neuroscience shows the effects aerobic exercise have on cognitive clarity and emotional well-being.

New Neurons Would Be Created

It used to be accepted that we were born with a certain amount of neurons and that by the time we became an adult no new neurons would be created. This however, has been proven to be incorrect. Through research on animals it has been discovered that new neurons are continually produced in the brain throughout our entire life. Karen Postal, president of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology says that the only activity that is shown to trigger the birth of these new neurons is vigorous aerobic exercise. “If you are exercising and you sweat – about 30 to 40 minutes – new brain cells are being born,” says Postal. So sweating it out on the treadmill or out in the open is doing your brain a lot of good and helping it stay mentally healthy for years to come.

People Who Run Can Recover From Negative Emotions More Quickly


In a study by Emily Bernstein and Richard McNally it was found that aerobic exercise may help reduce negative emotions. Bernstein is a runner and she said, “I notice in myself that I just feel better when I’m active”. She wanted to find out why this was the case and to know exactly the effect that exercise has on us. The study set out to look at the way exercise changes the way people react to their emotions. Participants were told to stretch or jog for 30 minutes and were then were shown a sad movie; the final scene of the 1979 film The Champ. The participants then reported their emotional responses. It was found that those who had run for 30 minutes recovered more quickly from their sad emotional experience than those who had just stretched.

Working Memory Would Be Enhanced


A recent study by Lin Li et al titled: “Acute Aerobic Exercise Increases Cortical Activity during Working Memory: A Functional MRI Study in Female College Students” looks at the effect of acute aerobic exercise on cognitive function. Their study looked at the effect of a session of acute aerobic exercise on working memory. Fifteen young females participated in the study. There were scanned, after an acute exercise session, using a MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) while they performed a working memory task. It was found that the cortex and the left frontal hemisphere showed signs of improvement of control processes. From these findings the researchers noted that this indicates: “acute exercise could benefit working memory at a macro-neural level.” Thus, the study shows a connection between aerobic exercise and improvement in memory.

Summation



Next time you are out for a run know that you are doing yourself a world of good. Not only are you aiding your brain on a neurological level you are also working to improve your emotional health. Your cognitive abilities such as memory will be improved and your outlook on life will probably be more positive. If you don’t already run, then you may want to take out those old running shoes and give them a try.