‘Fitogenic’ Fitness Trends That Will Rock Your Body

“Obesogenic” is a fairly new medical term that refers to an environment that promotes weight gain by increasing food intake, eating foods that are not healthy and physical inactivity. With so many new fitness trends popping up on a daily basis, why aren’t we hearing the term “fitogenic” instead? It says a lot for our nation and how much more work we have to do to become fit than obese.

Society is on the right track developing all of these new fitness trends to promote physical activity and exercise. There are so many out there to choose from and it can be a little overwhelming to find a regimen to follow. Don’t get me wrong, I love the various fitness styles; they help prevent against exercise boredom. But again, it can seem impossible to stay on top of what is new and what may work for you.

I had fun racking my brain and looking on the Internet for the newest trends in fitness. Whether you choose one of these new fads or not, remember that some exercise is better than none at all. Always keep in mind how much fitness is recommended on a daily or weekly basis and challenge yourself a little bit each time to improve your time, speed, repetitions or amount of weight.

Equipment Fun

There are many pieces of equipment that can be used to tone various muscles in the body. Of course, you don’t need to purchase any items to exercise and get fit. These are just some fun items I found that are somewhat new:

  • CoreAlign — improves posture and balance, stabilizes core muscles and enhances performance
  • Ab Wheel — strengthens your abs, shoulders, arms and back
  • Foam Roller — used for balance training, Yoga, Pilates
  • Barefoot Running — touted by proponents as a way to improve form and speed
  • Kettlebell Training — burns fat, builds muscle and increases strength and stamina
  • Kangaroo Jumps — special shoes that provide joint protection, cardiovascular health and increased posture, to name three of the 33 health benefits these provide
  • TRX Suspension Training — tool that helps build muscle, strengthen the core and increases flexibility

We Get By With a Little Help From Our Friends

Fitness Professionals like personal trainers, dietitians and health coaches all work with you to help you reach your personal health, wellness or fitness goals.

Social Media sites offer a variety of personal choices depending on the level of support you’re looking for. Sites like Facebook and Twitter can offer support from family, friends and colleagues. Where as sites like Livestrong.com, Sparkpeople.com and Exercise Friends offer support from individuals that may not necessarily know each other but are working toward a common goal together.

Work It, Own It, Love It

There are many new classes or videos that provide numerous health benefits including cardiovascular health, improved flexibility and toned muscles, to name a few. The greater your variety of exercise, the more efficiently your body will work to burn unwanted fat.

  • Bootcamp — one of the best fat loss workouts that incorporates demanding exercises of the upper and lower body for a complete workout.
  • Zumba — Latin-inspired, calorie burning dance party
  • Bellyfit — cardio infused with belly dancing, Bollywood, Bhangra, African Dance along with Yoga, Pilates and Meditation
  • Aerojump — Jump roping set to upbeat music that burns tons of calories and tones the whole body
  • Piloxing — Pilates mixed with boxing for a perfect combination of cardio and toning
  • Pole Fitness — group fitness building strength and muscle dancing and moving with a pole
  • Hula-Hooping — engages over 30 core muscles, improves balance, coordination and flexibility while toning the abdomen, booty and legs when used regularly.
  • ChiRunning — a form of running that reduces chance of injury while maximizing the benefits of running
  • Trampoline Workouts/Urban Rebounding — various workouts using a mini trampoline
  • Cardio Barre — aerobics done at a ballet bar
  • Exergaming — exercising with various gaming equipment/games (Wii Fit, Kinect etc.)
  • Youth Based Fitness is a new trend to decrease childhood obesity, which is climbing at an alarming rate

Together let’s try to become a more “fitogenic” society by trying new fitness trends and telling our family and friends about them. Let me know if you have tried any of these fitness trends or if you plan on trying a new one that intrigued you.

Photo Credit: Raleene

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