Best Fitness Trends of 2015
This past year has been filled with amazing ways to get motivated and to get fit. 2015 saw some incredible advances in sports medicine and nutrition, which led to a year of renewed fitness inspiration for many. Check out these best fitness trends of 2015 to see if your favorites made the list!
From the effortlessly beautiful pictures of outdoor paddle boarding, to indoor (yes, indoor) paddle boarding classes cropping up around the country, this fitness trend is one that is sure to stay long after 2015 is gone. Paddle boarding involves the participant to activate one’s core in order to remain upright while on a surfboard-style board (a paddleboard) and perform various movements that may include lunges, squats, or yoga poses. Indoor paddleboard classes place similar boards on uneven rubber mats to recreate the feeling of being on open water. The diversity and uniqueness of this activity made it a sure selection for our best fitness trends of 2015.
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
HIIT rose to popularity in 2015 as a quick and effective way to torch calories. HIIT workouts are short, with the longest ones rarely lasting for more than an hour. The physical movements include activities such as sprinting up a set of stairs and then performing 10 push-ups at the top. The goal of this workout is to keep your heart rate high, which in turn revs one’s metabolism even after the workout is complete. HIIT workouts are so popular due to their short time span and quick results, making them a must for the best fitness trends of 2015
In the past, yoga was often viewed as just stretching and sitting cross-legged for an extended period of time. One of the best fitness trends of 2015, yoga studios everywhere began proving the general public wrong. Incorporating difficult moves that engage the core, glutes, and
arm muscles drew in crowds of people looking to become stronger and more toned while also working on mental fitness. Yoga is a fantastic fitness trend thanks to its emphasis on both physical and mental wellness, and we here at Avenue Form are sure that yoga’s dominance in the fitness world is here to stay.
In the past, obstacle courses were thought of as child’s play, and not a thing for adults to be bothered with. Obstacle races like a Tough Mudder or a Spartan Race made waves this past year as the obstacle races for adults, making them one of the best fitness trends of 2015. With race lengths varying from as little as three miles to over 10 miles, these obstacle races include muddy rivers, live wires, and fire pits. Think you have what it takes to survive? Sign up for one in 2016 as their popularity is only growing upward!
FitBits and Wearable Fitness Tech
Tracking your fitness is totally “in,” and 2015 could not have made that more clear. Thanks to innovative companies like Garmin and FitBit, it is now easier than ever to track your daily calorie intake, steps per day, and miles walked per day. Quantifiable fitness is now in the palm of nearly everyone’s hands, which allows the public to keep a closer eye on its wellbeing.
One of the absolute best fitness trends of 2015, #strongisbeautiful began as a movement on Twitter to let women know that fitness, muscles, and their wellbeing is all part of being beautiful. Too often the media critiques women who wish to get in shape or be muscular. This hashtag movement took the internet by storm this year and let naysayers everywhere know that 2015 is the start of letting women everywhere know that “strong” is now synonymous with “beautiful.”
If you were not able to try out any of these best fitness trends of 2015, consider making it your New Year’s resolution to get hooked on one in 2016. Have you already tried one of our suggestions? Let us know what you thought in the comments!