Functional Fitness for 2006
The New Year has brought with it some drastic shifts
in the fitness industry. What was hot and trendy in 2005 isn t necessarily
still giving off the same steam in 2006. Fitness in 2006 is no-nonsense!
Functional fitness marks the return of many tied and true fitness
trends that are hardly worthy of the term trend at all. Rather,
these fitness tactics have proven themselves time and time again:
Functional Workouts You re bound to hear a great
deal of the term functional training this year. This refers to any
workout that transcends into our everyday activities. Examples of
functional exercise include sport-specific training (for novice
athletes or weekend warriors), core training and multi-muscle moves
that target the muscles we use regularly.
Short Effective Workouts We re demanding shorter
total body workouts. Examples include fitness classes like - cardio-pump
and cardio-resistance training fusion workouts such as Boxercise
with weighted gloves. Total body circuits made up of multi-muscle
exercises like squats, lunges, push ups, and pull ups are also popular.
Core Training The core is specifically all of the
muscles in your abs and back that help strengthen your other muscles
and better support your spine. A happy spine will make simple daily
tasks such as reaching, bending and lifting, chasing the kids, even
sex - easier and more enjoyable. Get ready to see more core training
hit your gym in the form of stability ball workouts, Pilates and
yoga strength and stretch workouts, and abdominal-specific workouts.
Common Sense Dieting - There has been a big shift
away from low carb - high protein wonder diets . The vast majority
of North Americans know that a healthy body needs carbohydrates
in the form of whole grains, fiber, colorful fruits and leafy green
vegetables for a complete diet. This shift towards intuitive healthy
eating recognizes that 6 healthful small meals a day is a lifestyle
and not a diet at all. Better yet, it s an eating plan that people
can adopt for life.
Mind-Body Workouts Fusion workouts with more spiritual
origins (yoga and Pilates) mixed with traditional weight training
and cardio elements are huge. With mounting stresses at home and
work individuals want a way to get in shape physically and mentally.
Fun Workouts Today fitness is considered a leisure
activity, so it has to be fun or people simply won t do it. Fun
workouts to hit the scene are largely dance-inspired - belly dancing,
cardio strip, pole dancing, and salsa dance workouts. So we get
our fun and workout too!
Workouts at Home If you ve decided to get into shape,
do you want to spend a ton of money on a piece of fitness equipment
that might be a clothes rack in a month? That s why working out
at home, in limited space with small, economical pieces of equipment
like resistance bands, dumbbells, stability balls and pure body
weight exercises (push ups, crunches, body squats, bench dips) is
high on our priority lists and light on our pocketbooks.
Anna Fleet is a certified personal trainer. When she
is not working out or helping others achieve optimal health, she
is the face and voice behind fitnessgear101.com an excellent online
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