The 5 biggest health and fitness trends of 2017
Time to sweat
Fitness events instead of 'going out':
Gone are the days when you're 'required' to drink alcohol or eat junk food when catching up with friends. If 2016 taught us anything, it showed that fitness, friends and fun are the perfect combination with the rise of people choosing fitness events over hangovers... especially on a school night!Between the Nike Women workout and running series, Flow After Dark Silent Yoga Disco, the BUF Girls bootcamp, Wanderlust and the Future Sounds of Yoga, there will be a lot of exciting events to attend in 2017. Keep an eye out for them!
Olympic lifting for women:
Trainers have been saying this for years, but I finally think the message is starting to stick as I'm certainly noticing more and more women who are loving the weights room. Olympic lifting is when an athlete attempts to lift a maximum weight with a barbell. This is also known as the 1 rep max because the objective is to identify the heaviest weight that you can possible lift. Strength training is critical to keeping our bodies healthy, especially as we age. It helps preserve muscle mass and increase your metabolism to burn more calories even at rest. In fact, Studies have shown that a good strength program can elevate your metabolism for up to 38 hours post workout.
Strength training with not necessarily make you bulky as running will not necessarily make you lean. People who get 'big' either have the hormone profile for it, or they work extremely hard to achieve it.. don't think that it's easy! In fact because weight lifting speeds up your metabolism you are more likely to get lean unless you are training and eating for the specific purpose of getting bulky.
Digital health care:
There's no doubt that technology is been having a moment in the sun with the rise of Apple Watches, Fit Bits and so many health trackers (which are set to continue their growth in 2017), but there's a new site called TheHealthClinic.com.au which is Australia's first live nutrition clinic and its set to revolutionise health care.
THC is a platform where you can consult a healthcare professional from your desktop or your phone. Consults take place via a secure online video portal so no longer do you have to drive to the clinic and spend time waiting for your appointment. Furthermore, the site has a bunch of health trackers to help you keep track of your progress. I definitely like this one, not only because it's a time saver, but you are also more likely to follow up with your practitioner to make sure you are on the right track if its convenient.
A twist on an old favourite:
There's no doubt that the world loves aerobics, yoga, running and indoor cycling, so how do we keep their golden oldies fresh? Add some theatrics of course! Want to do aerobice? Dress up with retrosweat! Yoga? Try a silent yoga disco, Spin? Try karaote spin. There are so many spin offs launching, make sure you check them out as there is much fun to be had!
No longer do you have to commit to a nightclub to go dancing (which I'm sure if a relief to Sydneysiders!) No Lights No Lycra is a concept that is now available Australia wide. No Lights No Lycra is a dance community that started in Melbourne by two dance students. There is no light, no lycra, no teacher, no steps to learn, no technique, just free movement. It's a space where you can completely let go, shake out the stresses of the week, and lose yourself in the music and the physicality of your body! If you do however want to follow an instructor, cardio barre classes, such as Barre Attack are a great way to get the heart rate up!
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