Getting bored with the same old workouts? Check out this summer’s hottest fitness trends for some fresh ideas.
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
HIIT has been a hit for a while, but it’s not going anywhere this summer. High-intensity interval training describes any workout that alternates between intense bursts of activity and fixed periods of less-intense activity or even complete rest. Not only do HIIT workouts burn the most fat during and after exercise, but they can be found in all different kinds of workouts. HIIT can be incorporated into anything from pilates to swimming to CrossFit. On top of all that, high intensity interval workouts are extremely efficient, making them a great option for busy schedules.
Research has found that HIIT workouts actually suppress hunger, which is a big reason why we expect it to become even more popular this summer. A study done at the University of Western Australia has recently been gaining traction in the fitness world. The study found that interval training suppresses the hunger-stimulating hormone, ghrelin. It also suppresses your short-term appetite by increasing levels of blood lactate and blood glucose. Sounds like a great reason to HIIT it this summer.
The myth that cardio is the best way to lose fat has been debunked so many times in the last year, we believe people have finally seen the light when it comes to strength training. Strength training has been scientifically proven to build muscle mass, boost your metabolism (allowing you to burn more calories at rest), boost longevity, reduce body fat, protect bone health, and it even plays a role in disease prevention. Grab those weights!
Body Weight Training
No-equipment workouts are popular for a number of reasons: they can be done anywhere, at any time, at any intensity (making them suitable for all ability levels), they’re easy to learn and implement, and body weight training is the best way to get fit for free! Try getting active this summer with some classic bodyweight moves like burpees, push-ups, pull-ups, jump squats, lunges… shall we go on?
Summer is a great time to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors (while burning calories). Hiking has seen a resurgence in popularity and is a great way to burn 530 calories or more in a single hour. Whether it’s rock climbing, trail running, mountain biking, swimming, kayaking, or just playing a game of beach volleyball, the possibilities are endless. Find an activity you enjoy and experience the mental benefits of being in nature while also getting a workout. Just 5 minutes surrounded by greenery has been shown to boost mood.
Source: American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)