Fitness Trends for 2015
Twin Cities Live segment with fitness guru Nancy Stoneberg. In this video, originally aired on December 30th 2014, Nancy discusses several fitness trends you’ll want to be aware of in the new year.
I pride myself on being rock solid with my philosophies and training techniques. So when Twin Cities Live asked me to do a segment on fitness trends for 2015, I had to take a moment to assess the situation. You see, I realize our society is always looking for the best, quickest, easiest, painless fix to all of our fitness woes. Any trend we can do without investing too much time or energy, is what they want! Here is the first problem. When it comes to fitness, fast and easy typically isn’t in my vocabulary. I wouldn’t train a client with an “easy trend”.
The word trend in itself doesn’t sit well with me. Trend generally means temporary. When it comes to true wellness, temporary doesn’t cut it. If I’m going to have my friends and clients invest time and energy into learning new techniques and strategies, those strategies need to be something they can accumulate, rather than jump on board for something that’s going to come and go. My time is valuable. The same goes for my friends and clients, so I will take that time to teach them skills they will have for lifetime.
Well, now that I was able to rant a little bit about how I REALLY feel about the word TRENDS, let’s get back to the segment.
I did some homework looking to see what’s hip and happening out there in the fitness jungle. My decision for the segment was to actually grab some really wonderful fitness ideas that I know most people aren’t familiar with. Full disclosure…these are not the flashiest, fanciest coolest trends out there. They are however, skills people will use their entire lives!
I never get the opportunity to say everything I need to say on the show. We just don’t have enough time. That is okay because now I have you and this blog. I will have the opportunity to put my thoughts out on the world wide web!! This is my chance to go on and on about anything I feel like! Look out…I have A LOT to say. :)
First, I want to tell you about the importance of functional training. Functional training is a necessity for every day life. It’s the kind of thing you don’t realize you’ve lost until you cannot perform a simple task. Some examples are balancing on one foot, standing up from a chair without assistance from your arms or properly lifting something and placing it on a shelf. Challenge yourself a little. (Be safe here people!!) Try balancing on one foot while you brush your teeth or floss. Stand up from that Lazy Boy without pushing off with your hands. If you are good at that, try standing up using only one leg. There are many ways to challenge yourself without lifting one dumbbell.
Another fun trend I discussed in the video is sport specific exercises and training. It’s a hot topic now. People are willing to spend a lot of money to have trainers assist them to improve their sport of choice. It seems that participating in different sports isn’t good enough for us anymore. We have the need to be the best and we’re willing to pay for it, not only for ourselves, but for our children. The main reason I talked about sport specific training is so that people realize there are professionals to help the weekend warriors prevent injuries with simple training techniques and education. Properly training for your sport can prepare you to play and enjoy that sport or hobby for many years.
The last “trend” we discussed probably threw the TCL hosts for a loop. They did not expect that I would discuss a fitness trend about rest and recovery. We’re so focused on exercise making us bigger, faster, stronger that we tend to forget about the need to stretch, rest and heal! I don’t know about you but I’m all about resting and healing!
I think I’ve made it clear, I’m not about the shock and awe we see on the internet, in magazines, or on TV. I will stick with the basics. Good, solid, valuable information I can share with you to help you live a healthier, happier and stronger life!
Remember always…Tall, Proud, Posture!