By Danielle Profita
How we exercise and how we use technology is constantly evolving, so why not use the best of both worlds while bettering ourselves this year? 2016 is the year of the Monkey, a very active animal, and what a better time to get up and get moving? There are so many ways to stay active; ranging from wearable pieces of technology to fitness classes and everyday exercise, there are ways to keep everyone engaged in an active lifestyle.
Top Fitness Pick for 2016
Wearable technology (also called wearable gadgets) is a category of technology devices that can be worn by a consumer and often include tracking information related to health and fitness.
“I have owned a Fitbit for a year, at first the Fitbit Flex, and now the Fitbit Charge. It is easy to use because it syncs to my phone with Bluetooth, this allows me to know how many steps and floors I’ve completed each day. It also lets me know how many calories I am burning. There is also an app that allows you to compete with other people who you have added to your Fitbit account. This makes my family members and I to compete for the most steps,” says Morgan Cocoa, a freshman from Johns Creek majoring in Secondary Education Mathematics.
You can pick up a Fitbit at any Target or Walmart retailer. Here is a list of the most popular wearable technologies for this upcoming year;
1. Fitbit Charge HR
2. Jawbone UP2
3. Fitbit Surge
4. Moov Now
5. Garmin Vivoactive
Top Training Trends
As seen in many trendy, pop-up exercise bodegas, training techniques are commonly mixed to achieve optimal results. This upcoming year we are expecting to see trends like, Pure Barre, Orange Theory Fitness, and Blast Fitness explode! With high intensity core training and circuit intervals, each place has a different experience to offer its consumer. So why not try them all?
1. Body Weight Training
Bodyweight exercises are strength training exercises that do not require free weights; the individual's own weight provides the resistance for the movement. Movements such as the push-up, the pull-up, and the sit-up are some of the most common bodyweight exercises.
2. High Intensity Training
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is a system of organizing cardiorespiratory training, which calls for repeated bouts of short duration, high-intensity exercise intervals intermingled with periods of lower intensity intervals of active recovery.
3. Strength Training
Strength Training is a type of physical exercise specializing in the use of resistance to induce muscular contraction, which builds the strength, anaerobic endurance, and size of skeletal muscles.
4. Core Training
Also known as core-strength training, it includes components of balance, stability, abdominal and lower back work, and all the muscles of the bottom and legs.
A true core-strength training program not only uses the abs but also activates all of the muscles stabilizing the spine, hips, and pelvis.
5. Personal Training
A personal trainer is a fitness professional involved in exercise prescription and instruction. They motivate clients by setting goals and providing feedback and accountability to clients. Trainers also measure their client's strengths and weaknesses with fitness assessments.
Functional Everyday Fitness
Functional Fitness can be described as any activity used to complete an everyday life activity. For instance, walking a dog, climbing the stairs, playing games outside, or just moving boxes.“ My exercise is walking to and from class everyday, it may not seem a lot, but it’s a long walk,” says Lindsey Broscher, a third year PR major from Suwanne.
Fitness for the Elderly
It is important for to help seniors and older adults maintain their cardiovascular health, strength and flexibility. Through modified classes, they can keep exercising and boost their health. “My grandfather and his friends have a pass to the Botanical Gardens and they go there to powerwalk every week!” says Emma Burke, a sophomore from Woodstock majoring in genetics and statistics.
Exercise and Weight Loss Techniques
Simple Exercise and Weight Loss Techniques include everything from dieting to everyday activity. These techniques range from home remedies to plans and classes at the gym.
Yoga is a Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline. Yoga includes breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, and is widely practiced for health and relaxation. “I like yoga because it forces me to focus my mind on something completely unrelated to the stresses I have going on around me. I love the challenge of having to clear my mind to focus on my body during yoga,” says Carter Roberts, a junior from Atlanta majoring in education.