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5 Fitness Trends to Try this Fall

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Fitness goals and trends seem to change naturally with the seasons. While we may find ourselves getting more exercise outdoors during the spring and summer months, in fall and winter, we enjoy switching it up and bringing our workouts back indoors.

As fall approaches, it may be a good time to assess your fitness goals for the remainder of the year, and decide what you wish to achieve this next season. Whether you're a beginner who wants to take a more wholistic approach to your health and wellness, or a seasoned athlete who seeks variation and immediate results, there are a number of exciting fitness trends designed just for you.

If you're just starting to rev up your fitness routine, or searching for inspiration through a plateau, here are 5 fitness trends to try this fall that will help you reach your goals. As always, before making any changes to your health or fitness routine, make sure to consult your physician for approval.  

Wearable Technology
Wearable activity trackers are part of the newest wave in fitness, making it easier than ever (and techier than ever) to track your fitness and activity level each day. Devices like the FitBit, Garmin, Jawbone and Misfit all keep you accountable as you work toward your fitness goals, no matter how simple or complicated they may be. Whether you prefer to track your steps, your mileage, your sleep or your caloric intake, you'll have the data you need to keep you working systematically and strategically toward your daily, weekly, monthly and yearly fitness goals.  

High Intensity Interval Training
Tabata classes, also called HIIT (high intensity interval training) are challenging, and definitely best for seasoned athletes or workout buffs looking to elevate their routine. Blasting calories and pushing muscle strength through short intervals of high intensity exercises provides an exhilarating workout. Make sure the benefits outway the risks when you choose this workout by consulting your doctor and seeking out a highly trained expert in the field as your teacher.

You don't have to be a former dancer to enjoy a barre fitness class, and even if you were, you're sure to find these classes challenging. Focusing on flexibility, mobility and core work, these classes tone quickly with the use of small weights, small movements and high repetitions. Touted as one of the most popular fitness trends over the last several years, you'll find folks from every level of fitness in these fun, high energy classes.

Mind/Body Classes
Yoga and Pilates classes have long been favored by those who take a more wholistic approach to their fitness. These types of workouts bring attention inward while moving, encouraging a deeper connection to the body through the mind. Strengthen your body from the inside out while working on your breath, flexibility, mobility and sense of calm in classes that merge wellness with fitness.

Boxing/Kickboxing Fitness
For those who are tired of their same old box gym workout, or beginners who aren't interested in standard gym equipment and basic workout routines, kickboxing fitness classes like 9Round, for example, are the latest craze in efficient, fun, circuit workouts that take only 30 minutes and blast calories while working your total body. The workouts are designed to be suitable for beginners and longtime fitness folks, and the 30 minute workout is perfect for those in a time crunch.




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