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Extolling the benefits of exercise is second nature to me. I cannot stress enough how important it is to lead an active life and especially make the time for at least 30-45 minutes of exercise 4-5 times a week. If you can’t do it all at once, break it down and get three 15 minute exercise slots through a day. Your body, mind and spirit will thank you. In this article, I want to touch upon some trends that make you sweat your way to a healthy, fitter and stronger you.

•High Intensity Interval Training workouts have a large and devoted following across the globe. This year will see a number of variations to HIIT with short 30 minute formats becoming increasingly popular. People love that they are getting shorter, more intense workouts. While it’s a great exercise form, it’s not advised for beginners. Simply put it’s a short intense burst of movement/exercise with gaps of rest in-between. HIIT boosts your metabolism, burns calories when you are at rest, needs no equipment, is efficient on time, you lose fat not muscle, is challenging, and good for your heart health.

•Fusion workouts are also getting popular as variety holds the key for long term exercise success. Combining a variety of different modalities such as boxing, yoga, strength training, cycling in one workout is found to be more appealing. Every exercise has different benefits/adaption, and when you bring together a good combination of exercises, the benefits multiply.

•Group fitness classes have been all the rage across the years. Group coaching is also more in demand where the instructors guide and coach a workout rather than just ask participants to follow along. Qualified instructors are now designing workouts specific to the participants of the group. This is ideal especially for beginners all the way to advanced participants; because you are guided and working in a group is always more fun, motivating and challenging.

•With an overload of technology in our everyday lives, more fitness consumers are moving away from tech and prefer to come to gyms and studios, or even exercise outdoors. At the gym, barbells, kettle bells and medicine balls continue to be put to good use. Increasingly, more people are using smaller equipment such as foam rollers, bands, sliders and gliders. There’s also a huge shift back to strength training machines and free weights.   

•Meditation is gaining wider acceptance and practice as people understand the mind-body connection. Nutrition and wellbeing is being viewed as essential components of health. What you put inside your mind and your body are very important; a huge part of who we are is the food we eat and the thoughts we have.

Challenging, happy and fun workouts whether done on an individual level or as a group will continue to deliver results, what’s important is that you show up and stay on track.

Sandesh Palungwa Limbu is a certified professional fitness instructor, founder of RAGE Fitness, and also specialises in mixed martial arts. For answers to your fitness queries, write to him at ragefitness@live.com