Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Fitness News From Around The Web

What's Trending This Week In Fitness?

Because another Polar Vortex is crushing the east coast again!

Testosterone Warnings Becoming A Reality

  • Public Advocacy Group Asks FDA For Warning About Heart Attacks here and here
  • Other Hormonal Factors Could Contribute To Low Energy and Low Libido here
  • Concern's Raised About Testosterone Replacement Therapy here

Workout Motivations In Bad Weather

  • Simple, At-Home Workouts In Bad Weather here
  • Music Is a Great Workout Buddy here
  • Fast Five Minute Workout! here
  • 15 Minute Arm Crushing Workout here

Some Winter Meal Suggestions, Get Ready For Spring

  • 10 Winter Comfort Food Meals, Fast And Easy here
  • Simple Quinoa Recipes here
  • Mix It Up With Some Great Lentil Recipes (lots of Protein!)here

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Most Popular Fitness Trends For 2014

ACSM's Most Popular Fitness Trends For 2014

Which one are you going to try?

One of the biggest problems with fitness is workout boredom.

Therefore, we shouldn't be surprised that in the "vine" generation, we are seeing a resurgence of interval training, specifically high intensity interval training (HIIT). You can read the ACSM press release for their top ten trends, which seem to follow a specific pattern:
  • Get the workout done fast
  • Get the best possible results for your investment
  • Use as little or as simplistic (perhaps inexpensive) equipment as possible
  • Have a certified professional guide your workout
  • Workout in groups
  • Put the "fun" in functional

It shouldn't be a surprise that two of the most popular fitness trends are CrossFit and P90X, with their emphasis on basic exercises with minimal equipment. It should be noted that the "basic" exercises in CrossFit are actually quite challenging, including many Olympic style lifts, but the equipment needed is much less expensive than in classic gyms where you would need to spend thousands of dollars on equipment.
Sometimes, exercise is best served in social situations to help with commitment.
There's a great assessment test online to tell you about your "fitness personality". Having a profile of your likes and dislikes, as well as what you can improve about your attitude can broaden your activity ideas.