New awareness about how sitting for long hours is bad for you has renewed interest in getting some regular exercise. Consequently, every year, there are new trends in the health and fitness world. Upon closer examination, they are not completely new, but rather a variation on a proven, popular, and effective form of exercise. While some fitness trends fade away, others gain traction, becoming new and improved versions of themselves.
Trends are taking a central role in health and fitness because they stir interest in the idea of exercise. In a few cases, they are entirely new types of exercises done for the sheer joy of it ”for instance, indoor skydiving is a safer, more affordable alternative to actual skydiving” but for the most part, they are variations of tried-and-true types of sport’s exercises.
Its important to understand that trends aren’t simply a new way of marketing fitness, but do serve a highly beneficial purpose in helping people become more health and fitness conscious. Still, no matter what type of exercise trend people try, if they have venous issues or issues with blood flow to their arms or legs, they might want to try compression therapy products to ensure they are getting the most efficient exercise possible.
Reasons for Trends
The idea of adopting a fitness trend – whether it is this year’s hottest new trend at your local gym or an evergreen trend – is to make exercise more interesting. While some people enjoy working up a good sweat and pushing themselves past their limits, others think the whole idea of strenuous distasteful. A trend makes exercise appear much more attractive to those who would not otherwise exercise.
Most often people are bored with basic sports-based exercises like running, swimming, stretching, and weightlifting and want something different to spark their interest. A trend makes these basic exercises more of a game. Cycling isn’t new, but the idea of a spin class makes cycling into a game of endurance, adding a trainer and camaraderie to the whole idea of peddling fast.
At other times, trends are pursued by superb athletes who are looking for something that will give them an edge, something that will tax their body in a slightly different way to develop a new level of speed, strength, or flexibility. Cross-fitness can tax even the biggest and strongest of bodybuilders and power lifters to increase their endurance and strength gains.
The Role of Technology
In addition, there is the role of technology. This has resulted in an interest in home-based exercise equipment and measuring devices like smart watches.
Although people have been using walking as an exercise for centuries, smart watches measuring every step they take has renewed interest in walking. Now the game is not to see how many times you can walk around the block a few times before or after work, but to see how many steps you can take in a day. Ideally, you should work up to 10,000 steps a day. The Fitbit blog explains why they picked this number: Fitbit starts everyone off with a 10,000-step goal, and here’s why: It adds up to about five miles each day for most people, which includes about 30 minutes of daily exercise satisfying the CDCs recommendation of at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week.
Trends are Often Hybrid Permutations
When you break a trend down, you’ll see it’s a permutation of an existing theme, often bringing novel elements into it. A perfect example is hatha yoga. People have been practicing hatha yoga for centuries. Apart from a slight difference in emphasis in philosophy, routines, and tempo between teachers which has led to different schools of hatha yoga, the basic exercises, called asanas, have remained the same.
However, a new trend has emerged in recent years called Vinyasa, Power Yoga, or Core Power Yoga. This form of hatha yoga uses the idea of a heated, humid room and picks up the pace so that it’s closer to an aerobics workout. The idea is ingenious. Westerners are used to a fast-paced lifestyle and a speedier version suits their temperament far better. In addition, enthusiasts are more interested in increasing cardiovascular strength, improving muscle tone, and burning fat, then training their body to assume unbelievable postures.
Another example is PHYSIQUE 57. This is a barre-based workout that adds elements of cardiovascular training, strength training, and stretching, all in one workout.
In closing, trends derive their popularity by placing an emphasis on benefits rather than focusing on performance. Trends provide a variation on traditional exercises and introduce more novel ideas like aerobics, Pilates and yoga. They put the focus on what exercise can do for you to burn calories, break into a sweat, speed up your metabolism, and make you stronger, leaner, faster, and more flexible.
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