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Top Fitness Trends of 2014

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  1. High Interval Training, such as P90X and CrossFit alike has made the #1 spot for hottest fitness trends of 2014. Typically this type of training requires the athlete to perform short bursts of exercise with a relatively high heart rate with minimal rest periods.
  2. Body Weight Training. Think Pushups, pull-ups, lunges, and squats. This trend is still going strong since a decline in our economy in 2008. No expensive gyms or equipment required – just a desire to exercise.
  3. Experienced and Trained Fitness Professionals. This industry is on the raise and will continue to grow 24% by 2020. Be aware, anyone can claim they are a professional. There are no regulations or professional licensing that is required – so interview your trainer before trusting them with your fitness health.
  4. Group Personal Training. During the recession this trend grew significantly. The trainer will usually offer a cheaper rate when there are three or more clients to train. A win – win situation for both of you.
  5. Yoga remains popular. The Yoga world changes the scene just enough to keep people interested.  Themes such as antigravity yoga, which mixes yoga poses with acrobatics while suspended in the air; karaoke yoga, which aims to strengthen the limbs and vocal chords; and broga, which is geared toward men. The creativity keeps people coming back.
  6. Trends that are starting to fizzle out are Pilates, Zumba, Spinning, and Stability Balls. According to one source these are Fads not trends, they don’t offer the variance that people enjoy.

Whichever you choose be sure to get out there every day and move your body.  Mowing your lawn or walking your dog really doesn’t count.  It is suggested that we get 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate to intense aerobic activity, along with two or more days of strength training a week. How many of you can say you are getting your Fitness On?

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This week's top 5

DSC_0325 Your Top 5 Tips to a Successful New Year.

  1. Join your Community. It is proven we are more successful in groups.
  2. We are sleep deprived. Get a minimum of 7 hours of sleep every night.
  3. Most of us are dehydrated. Drink 80 ounces of water a day, and coffee doesn't count.
  4. We eat 152 pounds of sugar a year, that is 6 cups a week! Focus on eating Real Food.
  5. Master's Rule! Begin at any age - it's never to late.

 

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Consistency

I continue to pursue my passion of health and nutrition, I am a fitness nut – and in the last 15 years health and nutrition really has not changed all that much. Of course there are new fades, new modalities, and new designer names….but what health and nutrition boils down to is consistency. “You are not going to be successful if you are inconsistent.” apply it to any goal you seek in life – short or long term.  So I can hear you saying to me “but it is hard!” I can’t agree more –when you want to achieve something bad enough, when you want to beat the statistics, when you are ready to change your behaviors and become consistent you will be successful.

For example, the number #1 question that I am asked consistently, “how do I lose weight?” I think about this all the time. Bottom line, it is not easy. Several tasks must be taken; each task must be done routinely and consistently. You must be willing to change your physical behaviors, willingness to devote time, change your conversation, and work hard. Here are a few tasks to get you started.

Consistency = Success

  • Journal every day! This is probably the most daunting of all tasks – however this is a task that does not have to be done forever. Every bite counts!
  • Weight and Measure your food for a couple of weeks. This will guide you to an understanding of portions and what a serving actually looks like.
  • Buy fresh as often as possible.
  • Get moving. Squats, Lunges, Sit-ups, Push-ups, Walk, Run or Slog up a SWEAT!
  • Water. It is what our bodies are mostly made of – therefore our bodies require large amounts of water every day.
  • Find a balance between life and YOU!

Emotions in Check

Have you ever wanted something so badly that you would do anything and everything to accomplish it? For those of us who have children; as parents we support, encourage, and push our children to do their best and perform optimal in hopes they finish with a high score/grade. As a parent I hope my children want that for themselves as well.

So how would this be any different for yourself?

By now your telling yourself "I stop at nothing to make it (what ever it is) happen"

So with that said; You must be ready - EMOTIONALLY - you must want to stop at nothing to change a habit, to change your behaviors.

So how bad do you want it?