Summer is in full swing, and we’re looking forward to late afternoon BBQs, airy athleisure and a whole host of new fitness fads to get our sweat on to.
A look at the fitness trends sweeping in for the summer…
Research shows that group exercise is now more popular than swimming and running*, with 3.76 million more people exercising in groups in the last two years.
Not only does group exercise increase motivation, but the variety of group options mean there’s something to suit all tastes and abilities.
Who doesn’t want to head outside whilst the sun is shining, for a little activity amongst friends? This summer, we’ll be seeing plenty of social sweat sessions both on and off the gym floor.
NASA scientists have shown that jumping on a trampoline is 68% more effective for cardio than jogging. Not only does it take less effort, it’s way more fun!
Trampolining took off last year, with the emergence of jump classes across the UK. A great way to tone, whilst getting a great hit of low impact cardio, trampolining will be a popular pick for the summer.
Oxygen Freejumping is available nationwide and a one-hour session starts at £9.50.
LOWER INTENSITY, HIGHER IMPACT
LIIT training will still burn the same calories as a solid HIIT session, but will take an extra 30-40 minutes to complete. Luckily, the lighter nights leave us plenty more time to enjoy our exercise sessions, so a brisk outdoor walk with varying speeds is the perfect way to get your LIIT done.
Researchers at Ohio State University found that 8% of energy used when walking is from stopping and starting. Changing direction, turning around or walking in a curve can burn 20% more than walking in a straight line. Keep your body guessing by changing direction and speed every 4-5 minutes.
Our DNA dictates a lot about how our bodies perform and how we should look after them. Understanding the make-up of our DNA can help us improve gym performance, health and wellbeing.
Your DNA has a big influence on many factors which affect your fitness and weight, including how efficient your metabolism is, your levels of hunger-affecting hormones such as ghrelin, your sensitivity to sugar, saturated fats and other macronutrients.
Many gym goers are now drilling down into DIY DNA kits. A non-intrusive process that takes minutes via a home-test saliva swab kit. Once analysed, you’ll receive a report outlining the results.
The FitnessGenes kit starts at £129.
HIGH INTENSITY POOL TIME
Think, aquacise, with the volume turned up. High intensity water aerobics such as Water XTreme, involves newly developed Speedo aquatic training aids to add resistance in the water and increase the intensity of the workouts. About 75 percent of the class is spent in the pool performing high intensity moves while the rest of the time is spent on deck performing traditional exercises such as push-ups, lunges, and triceps dips. A bootcamp that involves a dip.
Perfect for poolside weekends or getting your regime done whilst you’re away.
ON THE RUN
A study from fitness app Strava revealed that runners are happier. Out of 8,000 people, 89 per cent said taking part in a Parkrun event lifted their mood.
Running is a great summer activity. Warmer mornings, lighter nights, plenty of greenery to enjoy as you speed by… and the fact that nothing beats the feeling of the sun shining on your face.
Dig out those running shoes, and go for it.
* Sport England’s Active Lives research
** Study from fitness experts, EMD UK