The American College of Sports Medicine, one of the most respected sports medicine and physical education institutions in the world, has compiled a survey containing the main trends of the sports universe for the year 2018.
1. Functional training
Much is said about functional training, but few people know what it is really about. In practical terms, functional training is characterized by working various parts of the body simultaneously, as opposed to more traditional strength training which focuses on one muscle group at a time.
Functional training is based on movements that are natural for most people, including jumping, running, crouching, pushing and spinning. It really benefits people who complain that working out can be monotonous and repetitive, as it combines a range of movements, such as sit-ups, runs and jumps, across different equipment including bars, ropes, washers, weights, Swiss balls etc.
2. Strength training
Weight-lifting is what most people mean when they say “workout”. It plays an essential role for high-performance athletes increasing performance, bone mass, and preventing injury. Specific diets and macro-tracking, both pre-training and post-training, and rest are essential to achieve the desired results.
As a practice which emerged in India more than two millennia ago, yoga reflects the idea that when we control our physical movements well, we are also able to exercise more control over our emotions and our lives.
A scientific paper, published in 2011 in the Brazilian Journal of Cognitive Therapies, shows the benefits of the practice in relation to those who suffer from anxiety. According to Camila Ferreira Vorkapic and Bernard Rangé, the authors of the paper, yoga seems to be a consistent, successful and cost-effective intervention in the treatment of anxiety disorders.
As with Yoga, Pilates works off the basis that physical and mental health are connected. Pilates aims to strengthen the body in an even way, with particular emphasis on core strength to improve general fitness and wellbeing.
Regular pilates practise can help improve posture, muscle tone, balance and joint mobility, as well as relieve stress and tension through breathing techniques. For elite athletes pilates can complement their training by developing whole body strength and flexibility, and help reduce the risk of injury.
Fighting workouts have been steadily gaining ground amongst fitness trends. There is a huge variety of martial arts available, each one with a series of rules, movements and modes of preparation quite different from each other. Here is a handful:Kung Fu;
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A study conducted by Renan Lemos Pacheco, who graduated in Physical Education from the University Center Moacyr Sreder Bastos, showed the positive influence that martial arts can have on aggression in adolescents.
What’s more, you can burn between 1000 and 1500 calories in a typical hour training!
Whether you like to jump or jive, tap or tango, shake your hips or your booty, dancing is one of the most enjoyable ways to get moving.
Regular dancing is also great for losing weight, maintaining strong bones, improving posture and muscle strength, increasing balance and coordination, reducing stress and improving memory through learning choreography.
7. Wearable technology
Living in the digital age where everything you need it available at a click of a button, it’s not a surprise that in first place in ACSM’s ranking are the accessories and technological devices that help improve sport performance. These include:
- clothes that optimize performance
- smart clocks like the Apple Watch
- GPS mappers and heart-rate monitors like FitBits
- Smart glasses
Little by little, the practice of sports gives way to devices that promise to improve it.
HIIT (High-intensity interval training) has conquered a legion of fans all over the world. Fame has a reason: they are recognized as one of the best exercises to burn calories.
These aerobic exercises mean you work at 90-100% effort over a short period (typically 30-60 seconds), take a short break (15-30 seconds), and repeat for 30-45mins.
Variety also conquers: HIIT can be easily assembled into various circuits of activities, staving off boredom. Most health and fitness marketing campaigns which promise fast weight loss, a flat tummy or a bikini body, are based around HIIT workouts.
Benefits also include:
- accelerating the function of the metabolic rate
- continues to burn calories within 24 hours after finishing the exercise
- help in cardiorespiratory fitness
9. Group Classes
Group exercise is typically described as exercise performed by a group of individuals led by an instructor, and can include pilates, aerobics, yoga and spin to name a few.
It provides fun, a safe and effectively designed workout, a consistent exercise schedule, an accountability factor for participating in exercise, and a workout that requires no prior exercise knowledge or experience.
They’re a great opportunity to get people of different standards and capabilities to mix and learn from each other.
Which is your favourite?
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