“I have already logged in my 10,000 for the day!” Even if you don’t know exactly what that statement means, you can bet your fitness that someone standing an arm’s length from you does. It’s the number of recorded steps that have been taken in the day…so far. Think fitness tracking device. Be it strapped to your wrist, clothing, or in the smart phone in your back pocket, keeping tabs on every move you make is making big strides in the world of fitness.
Tallying steps is one thing, determining the best fitness method to reach your fitness desire is another. Before you take off running toward the newest fitness trend, you might need to pause and think about what is best for your lifestyle, budget and end-result goals.
Functional Fitness (FF) exercises are a great way to train your muscles to work together and prepare them for daily tasks by simulating common movements you might do at home, at work or in sports. Functional exercises tend to use multiple joints and numerous muscles. Instead of only moving the elbows, for example, a functional exercise might involve the elbows, shoulders, spine, hips, knees and ankles. A squat is a functional exercise because it trains the muscles used when you rise up and down from a chair or pick up low objects. Exercises can be done at home or at the gym. Gyms may offer FF classes or incorporate movements into boot camps or other types of classes. Exercise tools, such as fitness balls, kettle bells and weights, are often used to increase results.
If you’ve ever taken a Zumba, aerobic, cycle, boot camp or yoga class, you’ve tried Group Fitness. That term encompasses any and all forms of fitness that are done in a group setting, led by an instructor. Group exercise not only helps to improve motivation, but can also enable us to perform better, while keeping up with other fitness attendees. There’s a whole world of group fitness options out there, from gym-based classes to more extreme outdoor sports like obstacle races and Navy Seal-type training, among others. We will continue to see a rise in group exercise thanks to its sociable nature and motivational new styles.
Small Group Personal Training is akin to group fitness with the added benefit of a personal trainer working with each member of the group. However, instead of an instructor working out with you, a group personal trainer instructs and guides each participant through the session by coaching and instructing. It’s just like an individual session, except in a small group of eight or less. Small group personal training has been gaining popularity because it’s an affordable, fun way for clients to take advantage of a trainer’s expertise at a lower financial investment — all while keeping the fun and competitiveness of a group.
Heart Rate Based Interval Training, like Orangetheory, is a full-body workout, focused on training, endurance, strength and power. Class attendees wear heart rate monitors throughout the class. Your personal real-time results are displayed on large screens throughout the studio.
Intensity is based on your individual heart rate zones, making the workout effective for all fitness levels. Backed by the science of Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption (or EPOC), Orangetheory’s heart rate monitored training is designed to maintain a target zone that stimulates metabolism and increases energy. They call it the ‘afterburn’ because calorie burning is accelerated during the workout and continues to rev up the metabolism for up to 36 hours post-workout session.
“By far, Orangetheory is the best program for my busy schedule,’’ says member Erica Hayman. “I run when time permits, but to make sure that I get great full-body workouts weekly, I make time to attend two sessions every week.”
Of course, if structured fitness is not your thing, you can always add to your fitness level by simply getting out there and moving! It’s easy; it’s free; and you might be surprised just how quickly you get your 10,000 in. Be sure to keep track!
Susie Galvez is an international image consultant, esthetician, speaker, author, and beauty industry expert. For more, visit www.susiegalvez.com