Last 10 Years Fitness Trends

As we move towards the end of 2019 we also move to the end of another decade. These 10 years have shown immense growth and diversity in the methods and techniques of different workouts and trends. This one is for the last 10 years that have got us here today.


Fitness boxing and specialty classes such as Zumba, Bollywood, Afro-Cuban, and ballroom dancing grew in popularity – encouraging more people to become involved in physical activity, but in a slightly different way. This period saw personal training to increase significantly in popularity (and continues to be up until this day). It was less for the rich and famous, and more for the everyday gym user, and as a result many gyms and fitness centres moved away from having ‘floor-based’ gym instructors to service their clients.


It was during this time that the age demographic of those involved in physical activity began to broaden quite dramatically, with a large focus on providing fitness programs for both older adults and children. With obesity at epidemic levels for both children and adults in Australia, more families were looking for programs to help them lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle.


trends like intermittent fasting, low carbohydrate and gluten-free diets became popular to follow (and continue to be up until this day). The first examples of successful wearable technology were also starting to hit the market at this time, giving people an insight into information about their health and fitness that was previously unobtainable.


With the functional fitness movement becoming increasingly popular, traditional gym equipment was still being used, but was now sharing space with innovative equipment such as kettlebells, battle ropes, suspension trainers and many other unique tools that could be used as a part of an exercise program. Primal, body-weight training, movement-based, whatever you want to call it, functional fitness was at the forefront during this time.


This period also introduced the world to a new type of ‘fitness centre’, one that was determined to capture the atmosphere of large group-training while incorporating high intensity strength and aerobic based exercises – all in short, pre-determined and repeatable workouts.


High Intensity Interval Training was trendy and there are lots of people seeing fabulous results in the fitness club and with home regimens using these high and low intensity moves. Strength Training remained a popular form of exercise workouts, especially among males interested in fitness and better health. More and more women continued to hit the fitness clubs for various strength training exercises as well, in the hopes of building or improving their strength.


Bodyweight training included the use of minimal equipment makes it a super convenient and affordable do-anywhere workout. And it’s not limited to just push-ups and pull-ups-put a fresh spin on bodyweight exercises with different routines.


Group Training.
Some things are just more fun in a group. Group exercise instructors teach, lead and motivate their students through classes designed for a specific intention. Experienced and educated group instructors help people of varying levels achieve their fitness goals. They use a combination of leadership, teaching and motivational skills to accomplish this. Group programs appeal to a wide demographic because of the variety of choices available, camaraderie and social aspects. Thus group training was immensely popular in 2017.


Wearable Technology
Activity trackers, smart watches, and heart rate monitors were as popular as ever in 2018 for people who—were into seeing their workouts by the numbers, wearable technology can give them interesting feedback about how you move. Many estimate your steps, sleep, standing time, calories burned, and time spent working out.


The ancient practice has been on the list for many years. ACSM notes that in 2019, yoga has taken on many forms, like “Power Yoga, Yogilates, yoga in hot environments,” and more. Now that we’ve seen goat yoga, who knows what other forms of yoga the future holds? Yoga became immensely popular with a 32% increase only in 2019. It is on of the hottest forms of workout right now and will continue to be for some time.

Health Benefits Of Pilates

Pilates is a physical fitness system developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates, after whom it was named. It is practiced worldwide, especially in Western countries.

As of 2005, there were 11 million people practicing the discipline regularly and 14,000 instructors in the United States.
Pilates developed in the aftermath of the late 19th century physical culture of exercising in order to alleviate ill health.

Evidence from studies show that Pilates improves balance with regular practice. Regular Pilates sessions can help muscle conditioning in healthy adults, when compared to doing no exercise.

Health benefits of Pilates:-
1. improves concentration
2. relaxes body muscles
3. improved posture
4. improved stabilization of spine
5. increases lung capacity and circulation
6. increased muscle strength and toning of body
7. improved physical strength and balance
8. rehabilitation and prevention of injuries with respect to muscles
9. improved physical coordination and balance
10. enhanced muscular control and increase in hand eye coordination.

The Pilates method is taught to suit each person and exercises are regularly re-evaluated to ensure they are appropriate for that person. Due to the individual attention, this method can suit everybody from elite athletes to people with limited mobility, pregnant women and people with low fitness levels. It helps everyone and is suitable for every body type.


Finding the right kind of workout for you

Any bodily activity that enhances and maintains physical fitness is considered a work out. People work out to get in their desired shape or even as a hobby. There are multiple different kinds of ways in which one can give off some sweat, but if you can’t find the right one, you won’t enjoy it. Here is a list ways to know which work out is best for you.

1. Pen down your goals
The kind of work out that will be best for you will depend on what you’re looking to get out of it. Do you want to get in shape? Or do you want to let out some steam? Or do you want something that will help you relax? Ask yourself what you want. This will make it easier to narrow it down for you.

2. Do your research
Once you know what you want, you need to do some homework on it. Find out what you are attracted to the most. These work outs should help you achieve your goals and still be fun! Trying different things will give you an insight on how it will be.

3. Fix a routine
Once you know what work out you want to go for, set a routine. It may be weights, yoga, pilates or even dance, but consistency is key! If you don’t give enough time to this, you will not be able to ever enjoy it.

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Reasons You Aren’t Losing Weight

Are you trying to lose weight but have been unsuccessful so far? Here are 5 reasons why it is happening and how to fix it.

1. Calories
Overeating and under-eating both have a huge effect on your body. If you are overeating, it means you are consuming more calories than you are burning in a day, so ultimately you are going to gain weight due to increase in body fat levels. To fix it make small changes in your routine. Do more exercise or eat less slowly.
If you are under-eating you are going to feel fatigued and not perform up to the mark. Under-eating forces your body into starvation mode and you are likely to get cravings. What you need is a balanced diet between healthy carbs, protein and fat. This will help to get your metabolism back up and will help to get your body back.

2. Exercise
Even after exercising if you aren’t getting the wanted results then either you aren’t pushing yourself enough or challenging your body enough. You need to switch up your routine so your body does not get use to your workouts or they will yield little to no result. So switch up between strength training and cardio.

3. Stress
Yes! Stress does really have a huge impact on our hormones. It can cause hormonal imbalance and have an effect on depression and anxiety which can also lead to weight gain. Make sure you are checking in with yourself to see how you feel because you don’t want your stress levels to get too high. The best thing to do is unwind at the end of the day and have some time for yourself.

4. Sleep
A good sleep is one of the most important factors of our physical and mental health. Sleep helps our body to relax after a tiring day and lack of sleep is one of the single biggest factors for obesity. Studies show that people who don’t get enough sleep have an 89% greater risk of obesity. It can affect your mood and appetite. So make sure you are aiming to get around 7-8 hours of sleep per night.

5. Water
Seriously, water is so important for the body. If you want to reduce your calorie intake make sure you have a glass of water before every single meal. By drinking more water you also increase the number of calories you burn throughout the day. So it is advised to drink about 8-10 glasses of water every single day.


Top Tricks To Get Back On Track

It is hard to get back on track after you have taken a break or fallen off the wagon. So I am going to make it easy for you today with these top 5 tips.

1. Set a goal
Now setting a goal is the best way for you to get back on track. If you don’t have a goal, you won’t have any motivation and you will eventually stop working out. Keep reminding yourself that you have a goal you want to achieve and why you started this journey.

2. Schedule your workouts
Every person has a different time they want to workout. Some like to do it first thing in the morning while some like to do it at the end of their day. Work out a schedule and stick to it so you can get back on track.

3. Accountability
Once you hold yourself accountable for your wokouts and exercise, you will learn to stay on track and realize to take care of your health. Actions produce results and if you are accountable for your workouts, you will make sure to stay on track. You will also have nobody to blame but you.

4. Cut the excuses
Yes, so many of you will have excuses of why you cannot work out or why you will stop working out. Talk to yourself and address the issues on why you keep making these excuses. Learn to ignore the excuses that pop up in your mind. Make time to workout because you are doing something good for your own self and once you start you won’t want to stop.

5. Find what works for you
Workouts are different for every individual as everyone likes different things. If you want to stay on track then stick to what you enjoy but at the same time don’t be afraid to switch it up to challenge your body.


Beginners Guide To Start Getting Fit

Today we’re going to show you 5 strategies that are going to get your health and fitness journey to an amazing start. Do not ignore these tips or you will be ignoring the quickest wins that will help you achieve your goal body in the fastest way possible.


Strategy 1:- Taking progress pictures
You really need to get familiar with your body and the best way to do that is to take progress pictures. It may be scary to do this at the start but when you look back on those pictures and see how far you have come, you will feel motivated and confident. I recommend you to take pictures from the front, side and the back and make sure to do a progress checking photo every 4 weeks.

Strategy 2:- Set a small goal
This is important to do as so many of us set very high goals and when we don’t accomplish them we end up feeling de-motivated and don’t stick to our plan. What you need to do is set one small goal to focus on. This could be anything from giving up diet coke, drinking 3 litres of water every day or even giving up some sweets. Once you’ve accomplished a smaller goal then you can set up a momentum and start working towards higher goals.

Strategy 3: Do not count calories
Yes guys, you do not want to count your calories and end up obsessing over the number every single day. This can actually be dangerous and lead to an unhealthy relationship with your food. Instead, you can cut down on sugar and processed food and stick to whole foods and you will end up losing weight anyway. Just stick to a balanced diet.

Strategy 4:- Know your ‘WHY
This is very important to keep you motivated and going. Remind yourself why do you want that body? Why do you want to lose weight? Or why are you eating healthy? Write it down, pin it up or set it as your phone wallpaper. Keep a reason for wanting to improve your life and look at it every day so you stay focused on your goal.

Strategy 5:- Identify your hurdles
If you tried to get in shape in the past and failed? That you need to ask yourself why? Did you go on a vacation? Did you get sick and gave up? Or did you not see the results you wanted? We’ve all been there before. When you start your journey think about your past pitfalls and come up with ways to avoid them so you can continue your journey and achieve your goal this time.

Hope these tips help you to start working towards your goals. Make sure to let us know which worked out the best for you.


Healthy Cheat Foods

Want to eat cheat meals like pizzas and ice creams and still be healthy? Here are 5 replacement recipes for your favourite meals.
Recipe 1 – Ice cream
All you need is a tub of Greek yogurt, honey and vanilla bean or vanilla essence.
How to make it?
Add everything into a bowl and stir it together. Put the mixture into a pot in and leave it in the freezer for about 2 hours. And your healthy ice cream is ready.

Recipe 2- Cookies
For this recipe you need 90g dark chocolate chips, 2cups of rolled oats(150g), ½ cup melted coconut oil(100g), ¼ cup honey(85g), 2 tablespoons vanilla, 1 egg, 1 teaspoon of baking soda and a pinch of salt.
How to make it?
To get started, preheat your oven to 170 degrees. Now blend the rolled oats to get flour like consistency. Then, add the oats to the bowl with all the other ingredients and mix them up till you get dough like consistency. Then put it into a baking sheet or parchment paper, and press it down. To get the final product stick it into the oven for about 8-10 minutes or until the edges turn crispy. Remove the cookies and allow them to cool so you can then eat them. You can also put a little bit f ice cream between 2 cookies and have a sandwich.

Recipe 3- Pancakes
The ingredients for this recipe are 50g almond flour, 1 egg, 50ml almond milk and for your choice of toppings you can keep some berries, honey and 1 table spoon of nut butter.
How to make it?
Mix everything into a bowl. We need to put it in a medium size frying pan on a medium heat. You can either add in butter or some olive oil. Once the pan gets hot, I advice to pour the mixture in the size of the pancake you want. Wait till the pancake turns golden brown and flip it. Now take the pancakes into a plate and add your desired toppings.

Recipe 4- Pizza
For this recipe you need 1 gluten free/ whole wheat tortilla wrap, 50g tomato sauce, cheese and toppings of your preference like vegetables and chicken/turkey for protein.
How to make it?
You need to preheat the oven to 190 degrees. Lay out your tortilla wrap, add on the tomato sauce, cheese and preferred toppings. Pop it into the oven for around 7 minutes and you are done. This is a very quick and easy healthy snack.

Recipe 5- Crisps
All you need for this is 1 large peeled beet, 1 large sweet potato, olive oil and salt and pepper or any seasoning of your choice.
How to make it?
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, take your beet and sweet potato and cut it very thinly into crisps like shapes. Add everything into a bowl, drizzle with olive oil and add salt and pepper or any seasoning of your choice. Scatter it evenly onto a baking tray and pop them in the oven for about 25-30 minutes. Let them cool once done.

So here are the 5 recipes to make your food tastier and healthier.