The New Year is an exciting time. While looking back over the memories of the year past, we dream about the future the new year will bring.
Oftentimes, we dream about being fitter and healthier. “I’m going to lose 20 pounds this year,” or I’m going to cut out junk food.”
What our resolution should be is just to become healthier and happier.
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The current fitness boom in the U.S. is riding a wave unlike any other and finding a workout that fits your needs is easier than ever. And no one expects that trend to slow in the New Year.
As this year nears its end, it's time to take a look at some of the fitness trends expected to be on the rise in 2017.
If you're a fan of working out in the great outdoors, then 2017 promises to be a good year as more options become available.
Outdoor gyms that include equipment like pull-up bars and exercise bikes have been on the rise, as have outdoor fitness classes. Meanwhile, outdoor events such as Tough Mudder have had high participation numbers in 2016 and will continue to be popular in the New Year.
Back To Basics
While you'll still be able to find plenty of fitness classes that seem to offer several workout styles at once, 2017 will see a return to classes that focus on the fundamentals. Functional fitness that improves your overall movement will be on the upswing, as will team-oriented conditioning workouts. Also on the rise are TRX classes, which use one piece of equipment and provide both strength and cardio training.
You'll have no trouble spotting someone who is wearing some type of fit tech gadgetry - whether it's a smart watch, heart rate monitor or Fitbit - when you take a look around your gym. There's no reason that fitness technology won't continue to grow in 2017.
Dance and aerobics style classes are expected to experience growth in 2017 while inspiring feelings of nostalgia for the days of leotards and leg warmers. But you'll see a fresh take on step aerobics and straight-up dance classes that will teach you to move like your favorite starlets while providing an awesome workout. And don't forget Zumba, which will continue to be popular in the coming year.
More Age-Specific Workouts
As baby boomers retire, they'll have more time to focus on fitness and will be looking for fitness classes and workouts that best fit their stage of life. Look for an increase in age-specific workouts that will help people stay fit and healthy as they age. This will include functional fitness that improves strength and balance, while also keeping joints flexible.
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Even with the best of intentions, it's hard to keep your fitness routine on track over the holidays. There's travel, family gatherings, and more than enough tempting food at seemingly every place you go.
There are also ways to maintain your fitness level, no matter what time of the season or where you are, however.
And, remember, even short workouts are better than no workouts at all.
1. Create A Plan
You've probably already put a plan together for how you and your family are going to spend the holidays and there's no reason you can't add your workout routine to the same schedule. An example would be scheduling a quick morning fitness session when you know you'll be at a holiday gathering that night. Making your workout part of your daily planner - like any other appointment - will help you stay on track.
2. Do Short But Intense Workouts
When time is really tight, you can condense your longer workout into a 30-minute session that is equal parts lower body and upper body exercises. Start with a warmup routine of jogging in place or marching, then alternate sets of lower and body exercises with 10 to 20 repetitions per set. Repeat this routine two or three times and then add in a variety of abdominal crunches.
3. Pack With Exercise In Mind
If you're traveling away from home, pack whatever light piece of exercise equipment you can - such as bands and a jump rope, as well as a comfortable pair of walking shoes. Jumping rope is a great way to get intense cardio work and it can be done almost anywhere without taking much time. Or, you can try climbing flights of stairs instead.
4. Cut Yourself Some Slack
If you have to just 'maintain' over the holidays, so be it. If there's just no time to fit in a hard workout, then aim to take a walk around the block with your kids. Celebrate the small victories rather than getting down on yourself for not doing your typical workout. Keeping as active as time allows and maintaining your current fitness level will make it easier when you return to your regular workout schedule.
If you're at the mall for some holiday shopping, do a couple of window-shopping laps before you get started. Or, while a big holiday meal is cooking, take the time to do a short yoga workout or a few sets of squats and jumping jacks.
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'Tis the season for festive holiday cheer, and that means yummy cocktails! But what about your diet?
Sadly, many of the best holiday drinks are loaded with sugar and calories, ruining your fitness efforts of the past few months—or your good intentions for the new year.
5 Delicious Holiday Cocktails That Won’t Ruin Your Diet
Fortunately for cocktail lovers everywhere, we’ve found these tasty low-cal drinks and compiled them all into one place. Check out the five mixed drinks below.
1. Apple Cider Sangria
This dairy and gluten-free drink is perfect for those holiday parties. It’s a traditional favorite — with a kick. It consists of yummy ingredients like white wine, vodka, apple cider, cinnamon, honey, oranges, and pomegranate, to name a few.
If you’re on a gluten-free diet, this recipe lets you enjoy a decadent holiday cocktail with a little less guilt. You can even find gluten-free vodka to go along with it.
2. Rosemary Gin Fizz
Want a simple cocktail without a lot of fuss, or calories? Then this light beverage is just the ticket.
Made from a few natural ingredients (lemon, honey, gin, club soda, and rosemary), it’s a great option for whipping up at the last minute.
3. Pumpkin Spice Hot Buttered Rum
Love pumpkin spice everything but hate the idea of wasting tons of calories on a Starbucks? This rich buttered rum recipe gives you the delicious buttery taste you crave, but with a few less calories and fat.
Consisting of ingredients like apple cider, vanilla, honey, and (of course) pumpkin spice seasoning, this cocktail will make you want to curl up by the fire with a good book this season.
4. Red Wine Hot Chocolate
Red wine and hot chocolate? Give the traditional hot chocolate drink a kick with some heart-healthy red wine, and you’ll feel like you’re indulging... without actually hurting your diet.
Made from red wine, skim milk, and dark chocolate, this recipe is full of nutritional benefits even though it seems too decadent to be healthy.
5. Minty Dog Cocktail
If you’re more into minty drinks than sweet ones, then this three-ingredient cocktail may be right up your alley.
Made with waistline-beneficial grapefruit juice, gin, and mint sugar, the Minty Dog Cocktail is perfect for a no-fuss, crisp beverage when your holiday gathering starts to get a little too intense.
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