Summer has finally decided to show it's face, we're looking forward to social soirees, bountiful BBQs and a whole host of new fitness fads to get stuck into.
A look at the fitness trends sweeping in for the summer...
Research shows that group exercise is now more popular than swimming and running*, with 3.76 million more fitness lovers choosing to get their sweat on with others over the last two years.
LOWER INTENSITY, HIGHER IMPACT
LIIT training will still burn the same calories as a good HIIT session, but can add an extra 30-40 minutes to your workout. Fortunately, the lighter nights leave us plenty more time to enjoy our exercise sessions, so an outdoor walk with varying speeds is a great way to get your LIIT done.
Researchers at Ohio State University found that 8% of the energy we use while walking comes from stopping and starting. Switch up your stroll. Changing direction, turning round or walking in a curve can burn 20% more calories than walking in a straight line. Keep your body guessing by changing direction and varying your speed every five minutes.
There are many reasons why getting our sweat on in the great outdoors makes us feel good. Beautiful views, the sun beating down on our faces and getting away from the hustle and bustle of a packed gym floor, to name a few. Though research has found a link between spending regular time outdoors and our perception of how we look. So it's no wonder we'll be spending our summer enjoying outdoor exercise classes and park runs.
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HIGH INTENSITY DIP
Think, aquacise, with maximum impact. High intensity water aerobics add resistance in the water and increase the intensity of your workout. Plus, a number of new water-based trends have emerged, such as FloatFit.
Perfect for all fitness abilities, the continual movement of water requires you to work your core, strengthening key muscles and honing that balance!
The key is not to fall in! So you'll enjoy a combination of high intensity and yoga-inspired movements for a full body water workout with a difference.
FloatFit is currently on trial at selected Village Gym clubs.
ON THE RUN
A study from fitness app Strava revealed that runners are happier. Out of 8,000 people, 89% said taking part in a running event lifted their mood.
Running is a great summer activity. Warmer mornings, lighter nights, plenty of nature to enjoy as you speed by... and the fact that nothing beats the feeling of the sun shining on your face.
Dig out those running shoes, and go for it.
* Sport England's Active Lives research
** Study from fitness experts, EMD UK