Every Jan. 1 you hop on that dreadmill, only to hop off it and never come back. Instead of resigning yourself to the same old song and dance in 2017, forget that archaic piece of gym equipment in lieu of five fitness trends that will help you find a permanent seat on the healthy lifestyle bandwagon.
Those FitBits, Garmins and Apple Watches everyone has been sporting? They aren’t going anywhere. “This is a great tool for someone who is just starting out because it can monitor their progress as they go along,” said Dr. Marisa R. Silver, a nutritionist, chiropractor and owner of In the Zone Personal Fitness in Hicksville. “It can also help an elite athlete build on their cardiovascular strength.” Though there have been reports that show the devices don’t always show an accurate step count or heart rate, Silver said the fact that they get people to move makes them worth their weight in gold. “I have a lot of clients who will walk around and have competitions to see who can take the most steps. They’re having fun, enjoying themselves and becoming a community again.”
Back to Basics
Lately, fitness trends have led people to barre studios and CrossFit, but Silver has noticed a desire to go back to basics. Think good old-fashioned push-ups, sit-ups, squat thrusts, sprints and jumping jacks. Why? Because it works. “I have a poster of my grandfather in my office when he was in his 20s. He had a strong muscular build. I tell all my clients that his work was basic. He would jump rope [and] run.” That’s not to say joining a gym or class is a bad idea, but if you’re pressed for time, Silver suggested taking two water bottles or gallons of milk and doing bicep curls. “It doesn’t have to be complicated.”
Baby Boomers Strike Back
“[In] 2017, we will see a rise in fitness consciousness in the older generation that sees the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.” As baby boomers retired, Silver predicts they’ll be looking for ways to keep joints mobile and improve strength and happiness. A word of advice from Silver: Don’t compete with your 20-year-old self. “People change. It’s natural.” She also advised finding small classes—no bigger than 10 people—to ensure the instructor can pay close attention to form and injury prevention. If your favorite barre class is 30-people deep, make sure to speak to the instructor about injuries beforehand and ask for modifications during the class.
As fun as classes can be, the one-on-one concept is back en vogue. Personal trainers can make sure clients are doing moves correctly, preventing them from getting a strain or sprain in the process. But not all trainers are created equally. “You want someone who is going to look at a client and not see a textbook; someone who was a tennis athlete in high school, a runner in college, who had to overcome injury…someone with real-life experiences they bring to the table.” Silver believes these experiences can help the trainer relate to a client’s ups, downs and goals.
The New Yoga
Hot yoga, vinyasa, bikram…yoga never ceases to reinvent itself. Enter YogaFit, a combination of yoga moves with other activities like strength training, core building, muscle toning and aerobic exercise. “This is a great way to increase your flexibility, while enjoying a low impact workout.” Silver holds classes at her facility and people can find classes closer to them at yogafit.com.