Beneficial Fitness Trends for Women

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Fitness trends tend to vary from year to year especially for women. Since the beginning of 2012 we have seen a number of fitness fads come and go. Here is a rundown on the more enduring beneficial health trends this year.

Functional Fitness

Functional fitness is a buzzword at the gym these days and it’s not surprising. This trend uses strength training to improve posture and balance as well as increase flexibility. The training method centers on using your body using real-life movements and activities rather than focusing on gym machines. This makes functional fitness a perfect fitness regime for more mature women.


Zumba is a fun and effective fitness system that is currently very popular among women. It is a dance-fitness program that was developed by professional dancer and choreographer Alberto Perez over a decade ago. Zumba is a fast-paced combination of aerobic and dance elements incorporating a variety of styles including salsa, merengue, hip-hop, samba and belly dancing moves. Around 14 million people throughout the world take weekly Zumba classes in more than 140 countries.

Barre Fitness

Barre offers an invigorating workout that will tone your whole body. A one-hour Barre session comprises a combination of Pilates, ballet and strength training using a ballet barre. This regime provides a surprisingly intense workout session that strengthens and sculpts your body along to the latest music.


Spinning is a fitness trend that has been around for a few years, but continues to grow in popularity. This form of indoor cycling is a very efficient way to get a fun, vigorous workout that will burn those calories and tone your muscles. Spinning classes take place in  a gym or fitness studio with music and video to enhance the experience. The session usually lasts for an hour, during which time you will be guided through several different workout stages including a warm-up, a fast tack, a climbing stage and a cool down.

Try one or a few of these trends and see how it works for you. Whichever trend you choose you are sure to burn some calories, tone your muscles and have great fun staying in shape.

Here's to your wellness,


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