Fitness trends for 2017_ 5 ways we’ll be staying fit this year – bt

And if 2016 was the year of connected exercise and barre classes, this is what the experts are predicting will be big news in the fitness world in 2017:

Fitness guru Bradley Simmonds predicts a rise in outdoor workouts. “Being outside not only boosts our ‘feel good’ hormone, but also increases our exposure to vitamin D, which can improve energy levels and decrease stress.

“Keep it simple by going for a run and include your own circuits with burpees, star jumps and squats. Hatha yoga sequence You may even stumble across outdoor gyms, with more and more parks now equipped with fitness machines so you can get your all-round body workout, sunshine or rain.


Aqua aerobics have become popular in recent years but it’s a new type of water workout that is predicted for the new year – think HIIT (high intensity interval training) but in the water.

Frida Harju, the in-house nutritionist at health app Lifesum, commented: “By taking part in the class whilst balancing on an inflatable board, your muscles work harder to maintain balance, thus maximising the effects of the exercises.”

And Virgin Active are already ahead of the game with the latest addition to their timetable, Hydro powered by Speedo – a low-impact, high-intensity water-based group exercise class.

The 60-minute HIIT session puts members through a combination of longer distance swims at low intensity, mixed with shorter distance sprints at a higher intensity, for maximum calorie burn.

James Guy, Speedo ambassador at Rio 2016 and two-time Olympic silver medallist predicts that the all-round benefits of swimming mean that water workouts will continue to increase in popularity in 2017 .

“Swimming dramatically improves cardiovascular fitness and increases overall endurance, but it also helps build muscle strength and definition. Yoga poses pics What’s more, it’s a workout that can be enjoyed by people of any age and ability, the ultimate fitness staple. Pilates workout 30 minutes full body In 2017 I think that an increasing number of people will turn to water workouts for their all-round physical benefits.”

“Rather than traditional ‘split’ training, in 2017 we’ll see much more functional fitness as people’s priorities shift from pure aesthetics to overall health and wellbeing. Ejercicios yoga para bajar de peso Functional fitness incorporates movements that work multiple joints across the whole body, and develop overall strength, mobility and aerobic ability – all needed for a fit and healthy body.

“ Fitssi have developed their workouts with a leading accreditor to be an incredibly effective full-body workout, backed by science, to get your body fitter, stronger and healthier.”

While yogis are well-versed in the benefits of yoga for everything from reducing stress and sharpening the mind to helping you to be more flexible, 2017 looks set to be the year we’re all in on the secret.

Virgin Active global yoga ambassador Patrick Beach comments: “2017 is going to be the year when people become truly aware of the power of mindful exercise – the positive effect of exercise on mental as well as physical wellbeing.

In 2017 I think we’ll see people beginning to have a deeper understanding of the connection between their mind and their body, and appreciate the importance of taking care of both.”

According to Virgin Active, they’ve seen a rise in their members asking for more information on how to improve their fitness from the inside out.

Andy Birch, head of fitness at Virgin Active, explains that in 2017, taking a knowledge-based approach to fitness and sports performance will be something we’re all craving.

“In 2017 we are going to see a huge shift towards people taking a more scientific approach to understanding their bodies and how they work best in order to perform to their greatest potential, this includes a much greater knowledge of how a full range of movement can play a valuable role in injury prevention and maintenance,” he comments.

“It won’t just be athletes that will be paying such close attention to the physical nuances of their bodies, we will see ‘everyday athletes’ having a greater understanding of the marginal gains and maintenance techniques that contribute to both optimum physical performance in and out of the gym.”

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