It’s good to know that people have become more conscious when it comes to personal health and fitness. This is evident in the popularity of various health and fitness activities that foster the so-called holistic well-being. Over the years, we have seen a steady rise in the number of individuals who are into physical activities like running, yoga, Pilates, and even pole dancing.
Not to be outdone, the year 2012 also has its share of noteworthy fitness trends that are attracting a horde of enthusiasts. Here are some of these.
This Latin-inspired dance exercise is quite popular to health buffs that are into fun and free movements. An easy, effective, and invigorating way to lose those unnecessary pounds through fast calorie burning, Zumba has been deemed as the new pole-dancing minus the oftentimes precarious acrobatics.
2. Hot Yoga
Yoga is not a new occurrence in the fitness arena. But Hot Yoga is. If you are wondering what the difference between the two is, just picture a sauna where people are in various body-twisting positions as opposed to just sitting and sweating like immobile ice packs, and you pretty much get the idea.
3. Express Workouts
Whereas fast food has been generally viewed as the ultimate nemesis of health gurus, the same cannot be said with fast or express workouts. These exercise programs are specifically tailored for individuals who are always on the go—those who cannot allot more than 30 minutes from their hectic schedule for a much needed energy and health boost.
This fitness trend is perhaps the most obscure from the list. Backed with a rather strict patent, this exercise is not something you can subscribe to from the neighborhood fitness center. As the name suggests, this fitness activity employs the use of a 2-inch high beam where participants stand on. The main objective is to keep one’s balance and stay on the beam through proper control of all bodily components including the bum and leg muscles.
5. Muay Thai Kickboxing
If you wish to let out steam and lose pounds at the same time, then this exercise is a must try. Considered as Thailand’s national sport, Muay Thai has successfully crossed over to the western front and is now believed to be quite popular in the United States, specifically to New Yorkers that belong in the oftentimes stressful and competitive financial hub. This combat sport incorporates agility, precision, and a good deal of simulated violence which perhaps explains its popularity in the US’ stock market set—a group of overachieving metaphorical cutthroats.
6. The Only Way is Dance (TOWID)
If dancing simply won’t do it for you, then perhaps TOWID is your thing. This physical fitness regimen is a melting pot of all the good things life has to offer: aerobics, street dance, and of course an array of chart-topping pop songs from the likes of Lady Gaga and Beyonce. This activity will get you moving your bum and singing your heart out to the tune of 1,000 calories/hour.
Author Bio: Marc Webster is a Parts and Components Specialist at All Time Medical. See the different topendwheelchairs that will be used by athletes in the upcoming London 2012 Paralympics on their website.