Style File | 26/12/2016

Gearing Up For Your Healthy New Year’s Resolutions

By Hussein Zohair
Copywriter, SSSPORTS.COM

2016 is almost at an end and with every New Year, comes a plethora of New Year’s resolutions. Some of us decide to learn to play a musical instrument, or to travel to new faraway places, while others decide on a more healthy New Year’s resolution – fitness and general wellbeing. You can also read our Q&A with Moore Fitness on New Year’s Fitness Goals. For those of you looking to get fit for 2017, here are the top 5 tips and trends to kick-start your 2017 fitness programme and to help you achieve your fitness goals.

1. Wearable Technology

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Technology has improved every aspect of our lives, from automobiles to computers, and is constantly evolving the world around us. For a long time, that technology wasn’t implemented with a focus on advancing fitness and fitness tracking, but in recent years, we’ve seen a rise in fitness technology and fitness trackers that help to monitor progress and give you results before and after each workout session. Even if you just casually stroll from your office to your car, your tracker counts the number of steps you take, it keeps a check on your heart rate, features a multi-sport tracking system and also comes with a GPS connection to help you map out your routes in real-time. Fulfil your healthy New Year’s resolution with the Fitbit Charge 2.

2. High Intensity Interval Training

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Not all cardio is created equal and that’s why it’s important for you to choose the training that meets your fitness goals. Basic cardio might be perfect for your neighbour but maybe it’s taking a little longer for you to achieve similar results. Try High Intensity Interval Training, or HIIT, a popular and effective form of cardiovascular exercise. This is an exercise strategy that alternates between short bursts of highly intense anaerobic exercise with less-intense recovery periods. Varying from 4-30 minutes, these short and intense workouts improve your athletic capacity and condition along with an overall improvement in your glucose metabolism. With the heightened intensity of the workouts, your body burns more calories, helping you to lose weight and not muscle mass. And the great thing is, you don’t need weights to perform these exercises. Now combine this workout regime with a healthy diet and a Nike Ultimate Dry T-Shirt, and you’ll be seeing results faster than ever.

3. Yoga

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In today’s world yoga is regarded as one of the top forms of low-impact exercise as it benefits your body in numerous ways. As a given, yoga helps to improve flexibility but it also assists in building muscle strength, maintaining a strong posture, preventing cartilage and joint breakdown and when done correctly, it also helps to protect the spine. And these are just a few benefits that your body will be blessed with when you do yoga on a regular basis. With group classes readily available, yoga has become highly accessible and should be a high priority for your healthy New Year’s fitness goals. Plus, this is one of the most calming forms of exercise, setting your body up for meditation and rest, and with the Body Language Blade Leggings you can achieve the best poses when you next hit the yoga studio.

4. Group Exercises

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It’s easy to back out of a gym session when you are the only one accountable. So if you’re one of the people who needs a bit of group motivation or a gym buddy to see you through your fitness goals, then group exercises are for you. Led by a skilled instructor, group exercises exist in a variety of formats from aerobics and dance choreography, to core conditioning and Pilates. Through group exercise, you get a socially active and fun environment in which everyone around you works towards the same goal of getting fit. You will benefit from the group’s camaraderie and having an instructor who is not only an expert in their trade, but is also motivating in their method of teaching. Dance, kick, push-up or box you way through a group class that suits your fitness goals, and lead the way to your healthy New Year’s resolution with the Nike Free Run Distance Shield Shoe.

5. Body Weight Training

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Body weight training is the type of workout that doesn’t require heavy weights, and doesn’t necessarily call for a gym membership either. You could do all of these exercises from the comfort of your own home, or outdoors, and still shed those pounds. And who doesn’t like a free workout – particularly after an expensive holiday period? Costs aside, body weight training is great for a whole host of reasons, including:

  • The versatility it provides in your workout regime, including push-ups, sit-ups, bodyweight squats, pull-ups and more.
  • Freedom of location as these can be done almost anywhere and aren’t restricted to gyms and can be done outdoors.
  • Improvement in your movement as your body flexes and bends more than it usually does through your daily activities.
  • Inevitable improvement in your relative strength with every workout that you do – lifting your body weight or using it to perform other exercises will only strengthen those muscles and tone you up nicely.

The only thing you’ll need for these activities is lightweight, comfortable clothing, and a few equipment to get you through such as the Iron Gym Speed Abs. At sssports.com, we provide it all. Work out to your heart’s content in the most comfortable fashion from your comfort zone and successfully achieve your healthy New Year’s resolutions with tips from SSS.

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