Only a few weeks into the New Year, there’s a good chance people are still sticking to their resolutions to exercise more, eat better, and become a healthier person. But even if you didn’t set any workout goals in the first place, chances are you will exercise at some point this year. So how will you work out? Whether you’re a fitness junkie or the occasional gym-goer, here are five of the top trends you’ll see everywhere in the workout world this year—and maybe even try yourself.
1. Streaming Workouts
In a world where Netflix, Hulu, and HBOGo are pretty much your three best friends, it should come as no surprise that online fitness classes are becoming hugely popular, too. Whether you’re a fan of high-intensity cardio, kickboxing, dance, pilates, yoga, or nearly anything else, you can guarantee there’s a site out there for almost every type of workout you’re seeking. Many sites offer subscription-based services, where you pay a certain (often low) price every month for access to unlimited videos, tutorials, and group classes. The best part: You can do the workouts whenever and wherever you want, as long as you have access to a phone or computer.
2. Body Weight Training
If walking into a gym and just looking at all the equipment makes you feel overwhelmed, then this is the workout for you. Using your own body weight and nothing else (OK, maybe a mat if you’re working on a hard surface), this training regimen can be done anywhere you have a little space to move. Think exercises like push-ups, mountain climbers, wall sits, lunges, squats, tricep dips, side planks, shoulder bridges—literally anything that uses your own weight to provide resistance, resulting in greater strength, flexibility, and major fat burn. (Bonus: It’s free!)
3. Group Fitness Classes
Are you the type of person who needs a little pressure from an accountability partner to reach your goals? Then group classes might be the answer to all your exercise prayers. Filled with fellow fitness fans and led by a (typically) spunky teacher, these classes provide the motivation, energy, and encouragement that comes from working out with and in front of other people. Though the trend is by no means new, its popularity is going nowhere but up in 2017, with everything from barre, spin, and dance cardio classes to bootcamps and more.
4. Outdoor Exercises
If you’re anything like the average person, there’s a good chance you spend most of your day inside, whether it’s at the office, in your home, or yes, at a gym. As a counterbalance to all this indoor activity, people are now choosing to head into the great outdoors to break a sweat while enjoying the scenery. Whether it’s hiking, canoeing, rock climbing, or just playing a game of tennis at your local outdoor court, open-air exercise is the thing to try in 2017—even if you can only make it happen once or twice a month.
5. Rest Days
There was a time when working out seven days a week was the only way to prove you were serious about your health and exercise goals. Thankfully, everyone’s realizing that this kind of “dedication” can be both hard to keep up and tough on your body. That’s why 2017 will be the year of the rest day. Whether you keep it simple with a short walk, use it as a chance to stretch and get a massage, or just completely veg out while looking at all your friends’ #restday photos on Instagram, giving your body a little break is crucial for letting muscles recover from tough workouts.
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