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Saturday, June 5, 2010

Trends in exercising.


Jungle Miami's post of today is short. Just some thoughts on the latest trends for working out.

Up-and-Coming Exercise Trends



Experts weigh in on what's new in the world of fitness.
By Colette Bouchez
WebMD Weight Loss Clinic - Feature
Reviewed By Louise Chang, MD

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Our fascination with self-improvement shows no signs of waning, and there's no shortage of new exercise trends aimed at helping us meet our health goals. Watchers of fitness trends say the road to better health is paved with new possibilities -- along with some old ones that are poised to make a comeback.

According to experts, some of the exercise and diet trends that appear to be past their prime are:

High-impact aerobic workouts.
Expensive home gym equipment.

Health trends on the way up, they say, include:

Back-to-basics exercise plans.
Functional fitness.
Mind/body workouts.
The "buddy system" of working out.
Just the Basics


After nearly a decade of chasing high-tech fitness dreams, experts say, there's a movement back toward the basics for getting in shape.

"The high-tech stuff was great and everybody loves gadgets, but what ends up happening is it becomes a great place to hang your clothes," says Ken Locker, MA, ATC, a spokesman for the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA). "Everybody in America now has a little treadmill in the corner with clothes on it -- and now, there is a trend away from that, a trend back to basics."

By basics, he means using the body, and not much else, to get in shape, says Locker, a certified athletic trainer at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. So, remember those calisthenics from fifth grade -- push-ups, sit-ups, jumping jacks, and sprints? If trend forecasters are right, that could be the workout of the future.

According to Phil Black, a former Navy Seal instructor who is now a personal trainer and San Diego fitness entrepreneur, another emerging trend is functional fitness -- programs that help us move through daily life with greater ease.

"People don't care so much about becoming a pro athlete as much as they care about whether they can pick up their child without hurting their back, or do things around the house without getting injured or sore," says Black, inventor of the Fit Deck, a type of flash cards for everyday workouts. "We're looking towards workouts that increase flexibility and core strength, and help you live a healthier life overall."

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