Already feeling the strain from too many mince pies and boozy Christmas lunches? Start planning your 2015 workouts now to banish the belly and tone the tush; these new fitness trends will hopefully inspire you to get your heartrate pumping once the post-festive guilt sets in.
1) Body weight training
Many of us already incorporate push-ups, pull-ups and sit-ups into our fitness regime. But the Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends predicts that bodyweight training is going to get even more popular next year, knocking high-intensity interval training off the number one spot. No more battling for the weights in the gym!
2) Treadmill classes
Essentially a spin class for runners, treadmill interval training is predicted to be “the next big thing” in 2015. An hour long class, the boot camp mixes speed, duration, incline and recovery to reduce physiological impact on the body, without diminishing workout value. No leisurely strolls allowed!
3) Punk rope
Did you love skipping in the playground at school? That makes all of us, judging by the growing popularity of Punk Rope classes which have just launched in the UK. Combining themed workouts, calisthenics, fitness games and rope jumping, this cardio class like no other is going to be huge in 2015.
4) Barre Workout
Move over Bikram yoga, barre workouts are here! A hybrid of Pilates, ballet sculpting moves and a bit of yoga, Barre workouts give you tone, alignment and great posture. And don’t be surprised if your class incorporates light handheld weights during reps, as well as mats for targeted core work.
5) Aerial yoga
Hanging in a hammock, suspended from the ceiling: that’s aerial yoga! Using a yoga hammock can help avoid injuries, and the weightlessness helps the less flexible among us achieve yoga poses we could otherwise only dream of. Sound appealing? Good, because it’s going to everywhere in the next 12 months.
6) Short workouts
Sometimes less is more right? That’s certainly the case when it comes to intensive workouts, which promise to bring the benefits of hour-long sessions into 20, 30 and 40 minute bursts. Some experts even say that a short blast of intense exercise can boost metabolism more effectively than a slow and steady workout. We don’t need any more convincing!
7) Online Workouts
Forget celebrity fitness DVDs, in 2015 it’s all about online workouts. When it comes to squeezing exercise into your schedule, it doesn’t get more convenient than streaming online- with many of the workouts totally free to access. Add this to the increasing popularity of apps that share your progress with your friends, and we sense that exercise is definitely going digital next year.