Losing weight and improving health is a new year’s resolution many people commit to accomplishing but often fall short. 2015 can finally be the year to reverse that trend by trying one of these fitness trends that do not require inordinate amounts of time in the gym or unreasonable fasting.

Research and practice have refined a number of techniques approachable for the average person to improve their health and lives. Here are the latest trends that can help make 2015 the fittest year in your life:

1) Bodyweight Training – Bodyweight training is a practical and economical approach for those people always on the go or straining to find time for the gym or formal classes. The overarching concept behind bodyweight training is simple – using one’s own physical mass and weight as the main resistance provider, in conjunction with simple tools like resistance bands or suspended cables.

Another benefit for bodyweight trainers is being able to execute moves while performing everyday tasks. For example, doing a set of basic squats first thing in the morning after getting out of bed is a great way to get the blood pumping and firm up, while still going about a normal daily routine. This method allows people to safely build muscle mass while avoiding potential accidents and injuries from free weight usage.

2) HIIT – HIIT, or high intensity interval training, is a proven method to boost one’s metabolism, and efficiently burn fat while reducing overall workout time. The HIIT formula is to alternate short, intense activity bursts with short periods of rest or low intensity moves. For example, a HIIT cardio exercise one could do is running in place as fast as possible for thirty seconds to one minute straight and then rest for one minute, followed by an additional thirty to sixty seconds of running in place.

These alternating cycles allow the metabolism to work at an intense pace since the body is constantly shocking itself with unexpected activity. One of the best benefits of HIIT training is the ability to get in a responsive, fat-burning workout within 20-30 minutes. Furthermore, the increased metabolic rate will result in the body continuing to burn fat away for an extended period after the workout itself ends.

3) Genetic Fitness Training – The most recent but intriguing trend gaining steam in 2015 is genetic fitness training. Modern genomics is cracking open the secrets of fitness in our DNA. Research has found that a number of specific gene markers play roles in everyone’s individual fitness abilities. Some people can more naturally build muscle mass with ease while others are able to optimize their cardiovascular strength better than the average person.

Companies are finally figuring out how to crack this genetic fitness code and make the information useful for those looking for new ways to approach their health. Imagine being able to supply a personal DNA sample, through a cheek swab, to a company and a week later find out exactly which gene markers you carry and how those influence the exercises that you do?

In short order, one can find out exactly what their body is best built to do and begin tackling those activities knowing that it is what they are literally designed to do best. Both time and exertion are reduced while optimizing one’s health for the better. That is the promise behind genetic fitness training, and it has already arrived to begin delivering.

4) Functional Training – Functional training can be viewed as an extension of the bodyweight training philosophy. Instead of focusing on one’s sole ability to simply look good and feel healthy, functional training’s goal is to make one’s life easier in terms of everyday tasks and living. The primary focus here is improving overall equilibrium between muscles and joints.

Rather than worry about packing on muscle mass, functional training exercises instead work on improving proper posture, fixing poor posture habits, and improving overall balance and flexibility. This specific trend first gained steam among older fitness enthusiasts but have practical application across all age groups.

5) Yoga – Yes, Yoga is back! Yoga is a perennial fitness trend for good reason. First, yoga helps build lean muscle mass and flexibility. Second, the mental benefits such as stress reduction and improved concentration have been highly touted. Third, recent research has found that yoga can help people improve a number of variables related to cardiovascular health such as BMI, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and heart rate.

This same research has shown that yoga’s cardiovascular benefits are akin to those found by other activities such as cycling and brisk walking. Furthermore, a variety of techniques are available to try out for those looking for more than a one-size-fits-all approach. Bikram, Vinyasa, Hatha, and Ashtanga are only a few of the specific techniques. All of them provide the same basic fitness and mental benefits, however one can explore which specific approach fits them best as an individual.

All of these strategies are easy enough to immediately start and do not require heavy investments of time and money. Moreover, they all place greater importance on combining fitness with daily life in a holistic manner.

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