Friday, January 24, 2014

Fitness Tips for 2014


Now that 2014 has begun in earnest, many people are looking to make positives changes and improvements in their lives. Unsurprisingly, one of the most common areas in which said people try to improve themselves is in the area of personal fitness. In order to achieve the fitness goals that you have set for yourself this year, what are some changes you can make to ensure success? In this article we will go over some of the ways to approach your new fitness objectives, as well as some of the trends that seem to be shaping up (no pun intended) for 2014.

One easy way to boost your chances of getting into better shape this year is to actually adjust the way you talk about your goals. Rather than making general resolutions, such as “I want to get in shape”, try instead making specific ones, such as “I want to have more toned legs”. By narrowing down your focus, you will not only clarify to yourself how to get to the results you want, but you will also be able to more easily track your progress. Having more defined fitness routines and benchmarks will help you to stay on track.

In addition to setting more specific objectives, you may also find it of benefit to set a bunch of near-term goals, rather than one longer-term goal. For example, rather than vowing to lose 30 pounds in 6 months, instead break it down so that you are attempting to lose 5 pounds every month for 6 months. This may seem like a rather simplistic piece of advice, but following it can have a powerful psychological effect. As humans, it is all too easy to measure ourselves against a distant goal and feel disheartened by our lack of progress; by setting more quickly attainable measures for ourselves we can prevent this from happening. Now that you are armed with better ways to approach your physical health journey, what are some of the upcoming trends in fitness that can help you reach your milestones faster?

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
2014 figures to be a big year for High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). HIIT is exactly what it sounds like; doing wide variety of exercises for brief durations at very high intensities. One thing to like about this type of training (especially for those of us with a lot on their plate) is that it does not require a large time commitment, as workouts can take as little as 35 minutes. Another thing to like about HIIT is that studies have shown that athletes using this training technique improved their performance more than athletes using traditional methods.

Barre Workouts
Barre classes are similar to many other fitness classes you may have taken in the past (such as pilates and zumba), only with the addition of a ballet bar. Barre workouts are ballet-inspired, and as a result can help you improve in all the areas you would expect ballet dancers to excel in; flexibility, core strength, balance and range of motion. Additionally, Barre conditioning is designed to be very gentle on your joints, tendons, and ligaments.

Body Weight Training
Body weight training is simply the idea that you can create enough resistance to increase your muscle tone without the use of weights or bands. Some examples of body weight training include jumping lunges, wall-sits, reverse push-ups, and burpees. The best part about these exercises? You can do them at home, and without purchasing any expensive equipment.

As we get deeper and deeper into 2014, don’t miss out on an opportunity to shake up your fitness routine in order to improve your results. The mental adjustments and new trends listed above should help not only to motivate you, but to help you get closer to the goals you want to achieve in the upcoming year.

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  1. Hmmmmm I think I want to try the Barre workouts! Sounds fun and I have always dreamt of doing Ballet :)

  2. I am on daily morning brisk walking with my husband, our way to do exercise together at the same time spend bonding moments too :)

  3. I'm just working up to walking long distances right now. I hope I can accomplish even that much.

  4. I shall go for my "traditional" way.

  5. psssttt here again and wanting to jump with you over the waters! come to think of it I still have not done my planking photo challenge from you hahaha and I have stopped taking jumping shots! that is my assignment for my next walk! love yah! enjoy the weekend Betchai! whereto this time?

  6. jumping around sure helps :):

  7. I love your pose on top of the rock AteB, looks very relaxing!

  8. Oh my, ako'y bumalik because I had a feeling that my first comment didn't go through. Palpak ang iPad hahaha. Anyway, I workout almost everyday but I do it not because I love doing it, pilit na pilit because I'm aware of the benefits it gives to my aging body hahaha.

    Have a good Sunday.

  9. Adventure, fun and exercise roll into one :-) What an amazing ways to stay fit Sis :-) I want to try the scuba diving :-)

  10. I have heard lots of good comments about HIIT. I might use it to burn my fats! LOL!

  11. I usually do the barre workouts ( zumba ) only at home with my daughter. It is really fun doing with her. My daughter would remind me, time to exercise.hahhahaha...she likes doing things with me.

  12. Hmmm.. let me start by cutting down the food intake then do the High Intensive Training after. :)

  13. Barre exercises sound interesting, since im into zumba, this could be fun.

  14. I am into a different kind of exercise that integrates mind and body but I integrate the fitness exercises, especially the free weights to build and tone muscles.