CrossFit, HIIT and Other Fitness Trends Likely to Stay Strong in 2013

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As 2013 begins, it seems appropriate to look ahead and forecast what will be the hot fitness and health crazes this year. We’ve rounded up  seven trends we think everyone will be chatting about all year and into 2014.

1. Fitness and health smartphone apps. Last year was another big one for fitness apps.  Consumer Reports noted that MyFitnessPal was at the top of its list for “DIY dieting.” There are so many useful and effective programs available that even health professionals will start recommending them to keep their patients on track, according to The Huffington Post.

2. Crossfit and women in the weight room. The popularity of Crossfit has yet to wane and as a result more women are not intimidated by the weight room. It’s assumed that more women will take up these classes and practices this year. The benefits of heavy lifting are being revealed as social media is a great way to show off the results many women are seeing. Nevermind the internal benefits such as bone and heart health.

3. HIIT is hot! In the same vein as other popular regimens, HIIT, high intensity interval training, will keep keep busy people fit this year. HIIT boasts of being able to offer intense workouts in half the time. So those who can handle the impact can get in and out of the gym much faster this year.

4. Non-traditional Races. The amateur race scene exploded in 2012. Every month a new type of fun run was introduced, from the Color Run to Zombie Runs.  If this trend continues as it is expected to, many people will count themselves as runners for the first time and make this their most active year ever.

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