Yoga: Yoga remains one of the top trends in exercise as it offers both mental and physical benefits. Whole Health includes mental health, too! Yoga appeals to a wide audience and people can choose from both traditional (Power Yoga, Yogalates and Bikram Yoga) yoga, and more unusual forms (Goat Yoga, Beer Yoga, even Naked Yoga).
Exercise for older adults: With an ever increasing life expectancy, older adults are turning to exercise later in life. Baby boomers, those aged 52 to 70, and seniors aged 70 or older, may have to go about it more carefully than others, but there are benefits which include improved mobility and strength.
Seniors can join walking clubs where they can socialize and get fit. Balance classes help prevent falls later in life. Swimming and water aerobics offer effective, low-impact exercise that older adults can enjoy. Functional fitness, below, is great for the older adult, too.
Functional fitness: This form of exercise is about training for life rather than just exercising before an event to fit into that dress or suit. It’s about improving strength and balance to stay in shape all year round.
Functional fitness incorporates exercises that improve balance and coordination, strength and range of motion. They are done on the ground and work several muscle groups at once. Try climbing stairs while doing bicep curls or reaching diagonally with a medicine ball to target multiple muscle groups.
Group exercise: When you browse your gym’s group exercise schedule, you’ll likely notice a lot of group classes, and for good reason. Exercising in a group setting can be motivating and encouraging. You have others to support and even challenge you.
One recent study revealed that those who worked out in a group benefited from lower stress levels and bigger improvements in mental, physical and emotional qualities of life than those who worked out alone.1
PURE’s Rally28 program has a community of like-minded people who together offer support to one another. Participate in the R28 Challenge as an individual or become the Captain of a Rally28 team and earn some fantastic prizes, not to mention feeling great and learning healthier habits. Encourage your team to join you for a class or schedule a power walk together.
Fitness technology: With all the gadgets out there to keep you healthy, it’s no longer necessary to pay for an expensive gym membership. With a smartwatch, a fitness tracker, books, online videos, live-streaming classes, or even fitness apps, it’s more convenient and cheaper than ever to exercise.
Try the 7-Minute Workout Challenge app. This research-based, high-intensity workout program is simple, yet effective. It incorporates 12 exercises that are performed for 30 seconds with 10-second rest intervals.
Exercising with pets: Today it’s easy to find an exercise class that allows your pet to join in on the fun. Dogs especially make great fitness companions. People even exercise with goats!
Leash your Fitness in San Diego, California, brings both you and your dog in a circuit style workout that will train cardio, strength, balance, yoga and dog obedience all in a one-hour workout.
At Fitness with Fido in St. Louis, Missouri, classes focus on different parts of your and your dog’s body, and includes strength and conditioning, yoga, Pilates, cardio and massage.
Virtual reality fitness: If leaving home to exercise isn’t your cup of tea, virtual reality workouts may be for you.
The Omni by Virtuix is a 360° small treadmill connects to a game and allows you to run, pivot, jump and crouch while wearing sneakers that interact with sensors on the treadmill.