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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.

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Exercise- Some Motiviation Required

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Exercise in ancient Greece, for example, was an ingrained part of the religion and culture. The Gymnasium was dedicated to physical perfection, but also developed into a meeting place of philosophers and educators.
In some ways, exercise is a motivator today for people to look attractive, impress their friends, potential friends, or just to make people notice them. Vanity can motivate.
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Other great ideas are some of the whole fruit smoothies such as Bolthouse Farm products which use whole fruits and not juices. Fiber in your diet is an easy way to lose weight without making huge changes, so get started!

Body weight, reexamined...

The constant battle with the scale can be unending and unnerving. Before you even consider using it as your guide to a healthy weight, you should really consider the alternatives:

Body fat percentage: this is the most accurate measure of health and fitness. It means a low weight or lean person can have too much body fat and still have the potential for many ailments associated with being "overweight" including Type II diabetes and osteoporosis, for example. A heavier person with normal body fat percentage would actually be better off. Technology allows us to measure body fat percentage through a bioelectric resistance pad, which are those silver pads you can find on some scales. Make sure you purchase that kind of scale because it really appraises you of true progress- more lean tissue and less fat. See how you fall out on the chart below:



Waist-to-Hip Ratio: this is another effective way to measure how much fat has accumulated around the abdomen. As a general rule, the hips …