While the year 2012 was the year when juices ruled, with people using different juices to cleanse their body off toxins and become energised, fitness trends for 2013 reveal that people will be concentrating more on working out their bodies and gain benefits from this workout. According to a survey published in the Health and Fitness Journal, people will be using their own body weight to do resistance training. This is mainly because gyms are now advocating this form of exercising as a part of their exercise regimens and programmes. This type of training is known as body weight training.
Why Body Weight Training?
It has already been proven that body weight training is a great way not only to get fit, but also to stay fit. In today’s economic scenario, people are looking for ways to reduce their expenditure and opting for body weight training allows them to do so. This kind of training does not require lot of investment, but people can still reach and maintain their fitness goals. It can help them tone their bodies and in the bargain feel good about themselves.
Which Workout Exercises Will Matter In 2013?
Strength Training – Today, strength training is not the sole domain of bodybuilders. People have realised the benefit of strength training. It can help improve muscle strength to offer better balance and support to the skeletal system. It can enhance bone density and reduce the risk of osteoporosis. It helps to make the body more flexible and reduces the risk of falls. It can enhance metabolic rate and help burn calories.
Push-ups – People do not need any special equipment to do push-ups. However, the benefits of this exercise are immense. It helps to build strength in the upper part of the body and forces the heart to work harder, which helps to increase the metabolism rate and burn calories. In fact, women who are uncomfortable with lifting weights have been doing push-ups to help build upper body strength. However, this particular exercise is now attracting other people too who want the benefits of building core muscle strength as well as strengthen the upper body.
Pull-ups – This exercise just requires an overhead bar that you can use to pull up your body using your arms. It has always been part of military training and boot camps, but has managed to find its way among fitness seekers, who realise its benefits. This exercise concentrates on working out several joints and muscle groups. It helps to improve and build grip strength, and allows people to transfer that strength to other forms of exercise.
Squats – This particular exercise involves placing a weight across the shoulders and using the legs to raise and lower the body. It has been around for some time, but people have often associated it with bodybuilders and contact sports enthusiasts. However, once the benefits were revealed, squats became very popular and have established their stay since then. This exercise helps develop total body strength. It spurs the growth of the thigh muscles, strengthens joints and ligaments, strengthens abdominal core muscles and improves balance.
Bikram Yoga – This form of Yoga has become very popular because it burns massive amounts of calories in a single session while having detoxification effects on the body. If you opt for Bikram Yoga, in a single 90-minute session, you will be able to burn up to 600 calories and because the exercise is done in a heated and humidified room, it helps to get rid of excess weight and flush out toxins as well.
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