Lean And Mean: The 5 Top Fitness Trends Of 2017

The new and old ways to help you get fit in the new year.

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The long and tedious year that was 2016 is finally over. Will 2017 be any better? Let’s hope so! But no matter how it turns out, politically or otherwise, we can do our small part by finally honoring that New Year’s Resolution and getting in shape. Here are what we predict will be the top fitness trends of 2017.

iWatches and Fitbits

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As portable and wearable technology gets more and more advanced, we’ll be able to better track our movements and workouts to keep a precise record of our advancement. Fitbits and the iWatch Series 2 are two of the best examples of wearable technology. But don’t let this fancy tech distract you from actually doing the work required to get in shape.

Running

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One of the great secrets about fitness is that there are no new real tricks to help you get in shape; just hard work using mostly time-tested techniques, like running. Arguably the best part about jogging is the minimum investment required. You don’t need a gym membership, and you don’t need any special equipment other than running shoes and semi-flexible shorts: You just need motivation.

Sit-Ups and Push-Ups

Much like jogging, sit-ups and push-ups have been around forever because they get the job done. Why don’t you stop reading and do 20 of each right now. We’ll wait. There, don’t you feel stronger already? 2017 is already off to a great start!

Organized Sports

If you hate exercising in gyms and doing solitary workouts like running, then a sports league might be for you. In 2017, there are dozens of options in most major cities for practically any sport you can think of: baseball, softball, football, hockey, soccer, and even dodgeball in some places. Just pick a sport and Google its availability in your city. Also: There are likely leagues that take into account your skill level, so don’t worry if you’re a novice or if you’ve lost a step since your high school glory days.

Personal Trainer

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If you do decide to go the gym route, you should consider a personal trainer if you can afford it. A professional can help you stay motivated, recommend and supervise exercises you might not have considered before, and keep you on a routine that will likely provide superior results to one a novice might achieve. And, as philly.com notes, according to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, the personal training industry is expected to grow 8 percent in the decade between 2014-2024, increasing the likelihood that you’ll be able to find the perfect trainer.

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