High-intensity interval training tops fitness trends list
Functional fitness involves exercises to work multiple muscle groups, mimics activities like shovelling snow
Functional fitness, which was second in Canfitpro's annual trendssurvey last year and No. 1 this year, involves exercises that work multiple muscle groups and mimic activities like shovelling snow or carrying groceries.
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"Typically, a good functional training drill would show evidence of strength, training and balance all in the one exercise, and creating muscle tension or tone throughout the whole body," said Twist Conditioning founder Peter Twist, a former strength and conditioning coach for the Vancouver Canucks.
High-intensity interval training (HIIT), which was last year's top trend pick, is characterized by intense bursts of exercise followed by short rest periods. Some experts believe HIIT is a more efficient form of exercise that can minimize time spent at the gym.
Adding in compound exercises — those that involve more than one muscle group — can also be of benefit, said Macdonald.
For those looking to lose weight in the new year, exercise alone is not enough, Macdonald said.
"The average chocolate bar has about 300 to 350 calories in it. The average person will maybe burn that many calories if they did 45 minutes on a treadmill.
Healthy eating programs are critical to … complement the exercise to ensure that they're getting the best result."