With the jingle of Christmas in the air, it’s a great reminder to slow down, take in the lights, and enjoy the season. ‘Tis the season to create warm memories, catch up with old friends, or create new family traditions. As the children countdown to the holidays, adults are thinking and planning for the future.

To take action or make a change, you must recognize what has worked in the past, make improvements to accommodate growth, and implement with the intention of succeeding your goal(s). Here is a reflection of this year’s “Top 5 Fitness Trends” according to the ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal.

High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) 

A HIIT training session involves bursts of maximum-effort, very hard work (typically about 20 to 90 seconds), followed by a period of low-intensity recovery. The goal is to recover enough that you can go hard again during your next work interval. The workout is effective and can be completed in 30 minutes, though some can go longer. This is not recommended daily as it has a high rate of injury.

Group Training

The realm of group classes and studios has become a place of community and empowerment to live an active lifestyle.

Wearable Technology

Devices and apps are great tools for tracking, recording, and calculating your active lifestyle requirements. Some features that can be included are heart rate monitor, sleep pattern recorder, water intake, and food journal.

Body Weight Training

No equipment required, and minimal space needed to get a great workout. There are such a variety of exercises that you can do to make this a progressively challenging regimen.

Strength Training 

Strength training is an extremely important element of any fitness routine. It prevents decline of muscle mass, keeps your bones and heart healthy, and prevents pain and injury in everyday life. Muscle mass also plays a role in maintaining a healthy metabolism.

The end of the year is a great time to reflect on the past goals and achievements as you consider goal setting for the next year. For many, goal setting comes in the form of new resolutions. Yet, it can be difficult to have a successful resolution without outlining realistic expectations through short-term goals. As you end this year on a successful note, consider your current goals, aspirations, and potential to succeed, as it is important to define a pathway to progress.

If you would like to consult a trainer to customize a plan for your progress or instruct a local group fitness class, please contact Front Door Fitness. It has been a pleasure serving, sharing, and supporting the Kansas City fitness community this past year.

Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!