The latest exercise trends

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Winter is upon us, but that doesn’t mean you can pack away your running shoes! Try some of these hot new ways to get fit and stay healthy (and avoid the winter spread while you’re at it).

Trail Running
Trail running is a massive trend at the moment, and with good reason. Our beautiful summer climate means you have an incentive to exercise, and organised events will usually guarantee a scenic route and destination. The rocky terrain means you are stimulated physically and mentally while you move, all with the added benefit of fresh air and vitamin D.

Bodytec Training
It’s been around for a while, and the convenience of Bodytec training is causing it to spike in popularity. The avatar-like equipment uses technology based around electro muscle stimulation (EMS), which activates 90% of muscles simultaneously, reaching a much higher intensity than voluntary muscle movement. These impulses are combined with traditional low-impact exercises for an intense full-body workout. EMS makes this muscle activation a high intensity workout, meaning you are doing muscle strength and endurance exercise, not cardio. Dressing in the strange suit may take some getting used to, but many are attracted to this workout because it reduces your training time to a meagre 20 minutes.

Aerial Yoga
This take on traditional yoga combines aspects of yoga, pilates, aerial arts and strength training. Designed to increase strength, mobility, balance and flexibility, aerial yoga is considered a total mind and body workout. The unique adaptation of moves means that some are easier than usual, while others are more difficult. The need to focus intently on balance as you move through each move makes it a more challenging workout overall.

Gyrotonic Training
This type of training merges the key principles of gymnastics, swimming, ballet and yoga to provide a low impact, full body strength workout. It comes with its own unique equipment that works your major muscle groups, whilst allowing you a free range of motion. The purpose of the training is to improve your coordination, flexibility and strength, without straining any muscles or aggravating injuries. This means you can exercise and improve your fitness far more gently than with other exercises.

Wellness Challenges
They’ve been around for a while, and they’re more popular than ever this year. Since the broadcasting of shows like The Biggest Loser, people have become sold on the idea of a guaranteed transformation. Whilst it may appeal to those looking for a quick fix for weight loss, the reality of well-run challenges is that they do deliver results. First and foremost, challenges are competitions, and come with incentives to motivate you. The regular documenting and comparison of results keeps you accountable, and the concentration of efforts you put into your wellness shows quick results to boost your confidence.

Scheduled Events

Many people are turning to scheduled events when working out. Walking/ running/ cycling for charity is proving to be one of the most popular ways to keep fit, and offers a great combination of exercise and socialising while assisting a good cause. Events are great motivators, especially for those challenging themselves to train for a longer-distanced category. In addition to charity events, there is also a new initiative called “parkrun” on the rise. They schedule 5km-timed runs, where participants can enjoy a free run as a community.

Feeling motivated? Try some of these exercise trends and enjoy a healthy winter. Getting fit has never been so much fun!

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Written by

Rachel McGregor is a Cape Town journalist (and part-time narcissist) specialising in food, health and lifestyle-related features. In her spare time she loves to cook and poke fun at hipsters. Sometimes she dreams of giving it all up and becoming a millionaire.

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  1. Jenna-Lee Pretorius

    I have seen many of these, but have never tried them. I think it is time that I started to do more of these trends.

    5 years ago •

  1. K@t

    First time I am seeing most of these trends.

    6 years ago •

  1. Khalisi

    I would love to start trail running and getting out in nature is always a good idea!

    6 years ago •

  1. NaturalDiva

    they all sound interesting, going to try some but maybe not the aerial yoga just yet

    6 years ago •

  1. Miss Tee

    ahh lovely, going to give this a try

    6 years ago •

  1. claassenma

    will try aerial yoga, it sounds more fun .

    6 years ago •

  1. du Plessis

    Sounds like i need to get moving hahaha

    6 years ago •

  1. Tarka

    Wow its amazing how the exercises trends change. Some of these I have not heard of bt I like how some exercises are re invented.

    6 years ago •

  1. **Pixieminx**

    Just recently started with fun aerobics! would love to try yoga! :)

    6 years ago •

  1. Ladyconfused

    havent thought about it like that before, But I am sucker for walks for good causes or even just for fun.

    6 years ago •

  1. Cindy.M

    Yoga sounds fun. Im not all for too much physical work

    6 years ago •

  1. me

    Too lazy for all that, walking easier for me.

    6 years ago •

  1. Adele

    Will try and exercise this winter, great article.

    6 years ago •

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    6 years ago •

  1. Cat

    not too sure about trail running in winter but excercise is so important

    6 years ago •

  1. Nettie

    if you have got your mind set right everything is worth it – i got to try some of these

    6 years ago •

  1. Nancy Katy

    Gotta be a Fan of Yoga, it teaches the body Balance and harmony.
    Great to relieve the mind of stress and release tension throughout
    the whole body..

    6 years ago •

  1. Riekie

    Not a huge fan of exercise, but have to pic a favourite soon for when we’re moving to the coast end of April ;) preferably on the beach exercise plan

    6 years ago •

  1. Ayesh

    Good tips. I just wish they would have explained a bit more about the Bodytec Training and the special suit. Would love to know where I can do it, how much it costs and what exactly it is. Otherwise, good article.

    6 years ago •

  1. JADE

    trail running seems fun, think that would be a good start to winter and besides seen beautiful things it will surely warm you up. yay here goes great training

    6 years ago •

  1. voges

    I like to go for regular walks and eating correctly also helps me

    6 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    I’m scared to try the Bodytec, I guess yoga will do for now.

    6 years ago •

  1. shaz

    bodytec training abit to much for me

    6 years ago •

  1. Cupcake

    Like the running as for the vitamin D part its true but running in the sun is never good. For one sunburn and secondly for people with pigmentation problems its not good being in the sun. Other exercises sound interesting. I will continue with running and aerobics though.

    6 years ago •

  1. Leana

    I am digging all of these options. I would add pole dancing… I know it’s an oldie, but after I’ve seen the ladies that does this professionally.. their bodies are to die for.

    6 years ago •

  1. SpiceY

    Gyrotonic training sounds brilliant….just not sure whre they do it …

    6 years ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    I would highly recommend ariel yoga, it is the perfect introduction to yoga for people who have trouble with balance. Plus you can push yourself even further when you know that you have the support needed by your straps.

    6 years ago •

  1. Pulane

    I need motivation to exercise, especially as winter is approaching. Great tips though…

    6 years ago •

  1. Pannack

    I struggle to do exercise full stop but plain old yoga or ballet are usually the options I go with

    6 years ago •

  1. Lauren

    I’m struggling with this hey, but I agree with the challenges, if you have someone there motivating you and keeping tabs on you its a big motivator to not let them down.

    6 years ago •

  1. CindyR

    The trail running sounds nice but rather difficult.

    6 years ago •

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