Yoga for Sports series of articles explores how yoga can help you improve at different sports.
(>> Paraphrasing from acsm.org who conduct the most extensive survey each year.) The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has announced its annual fitness trend forecast and, unsurprisingly, exercise pros say Wearable Technology will again be the top fitness trend in the coming year. The results were released in the article “Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2017” published today in the November/December issue of ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal®. “Technology is now a must-have in our daily lives. Everyone can easily count steps taken or calories burned using a wearable device or a smart phone,” said Walter R. Thompson, Ph.D., FACSM, the lead author of the survey and associate dean in the College of Education & Human Development at Georgia State University in Atlanta. “The health data collected by wearable technology can be used to inform the user about their current fitness level and help them make healthier lifestyle choices.” Now in its eleventh year, the survey was completed by more than 1,800 health and fitness professionals worldwide, many certified by ACSM, and was designed to reveal trends in various fitness environments. Forty-two potential trends were given as choices, and the top 20 were ranked and published by ACSM. (Yoga continues to make the Top 10 Fitness list) The top 10 trends for 2017 are: 1. Wearable Technology: includes activity trackers, smart watches, heart rate monitors and GPS tracking devices. 2. Body Weight Training: Body weight training uses minimal equipment making it more affordable. Not limited to just push-ups and pull-ups, this trend allows people to get “back to the basics” with fitness. 3. High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT): HIIT, which involves short bursts of activity followed by a short period of rest or recovery, [...]
So the New Year has come and gone, we have binged, partied, made resolutions and probably are already starting to doubt our abilities to keep those resolutions (I hope not!). Most people most certainly have fitness or some form of exercise or wellness routine included in their New Year's resolution. This brings me to the fitness trends that 2016 is likely to see! Fitness is now a mega industry and there is a lot of research going on in various parts of the world to see what is trending in Fitness. The American College of Sports Medicine has announced its Fitness trend forecast for 2016 and in pole position is 'Wearable technology'. My take on this, however, is a bit different especially for India. My top 5 Fitness Trends in India for 2016 go something like this, 5. A larger spectrum of people are Fitness and Wellness aware. Laughter Yoga club A few years ago, only the "active" spectrum of society was concious about fitness. Going to the gym, running, aerobics, zumba whatever form of exercise was mainly the jurisdiciton of people aged 25-45. However now we are seeing that more older people are getting fitness concious. The mentality of "oh I am too old for this" is slowly fading away. Senior citizens who have more time and more ₹₹ made from the days of the IT boom are spending their time and money wisely. They are moving away from Laughter clubs and on to fitness experts, personal trainers and wellness! 4. Outdoor Activities. Our very own Neetu Singh is an ACE at the Devil's circuit! The Oldies Brigade may have the cash for the personal trainers but the younger generation is looking to [...]
What is Yogi Trek? The Ancient Yogis did a lot of trekking and walking in the Himalayas; however as modern yogis we find that our range of physical training is limited to Asanas. So in order to have a well-rounded natural fitness experience as well as to do Pranayam outdoors; we do monthly Yogi Treks to places around Bangalore city. We also found that Meditation happened spontaneously to students in the great outdoors as compared to in the studio classes! At Yogi Treks, the community car-pools and reaches the base of the hill. There we practice Yoga, and then trek up the hill. On the hilltop we practice Pranayam & Meditation. And after spending time up on the hill, we trek down and then head for Brunch to a nearby Dhaba. Post-brunch, we all head back to the city. Hills that are in the range of 60kms from the city are chosen as they are both scenic and challenging to trek. Read about the previous Yogi Treks to Nandi Hills, Skandagiri and Bilekal Betta. About Savandurga (From Wikipedia) Savandurga is a hill 60 km west of Bangalore (Karnataka, India) off the Magadi road 12.919654°N 77.292881°E, in India. The hill is considered to be among the largest monolith hills in Asia. The hill rises to 1226 m above mean sea level and forms a part of the Deccan plateau. It consists of peninsular gneiss, granites, basic dykes and laterites. The Arkavathi river passes nearby through the Thippagondanahalli reservoir and on towards Manchanabele dam. (Map) Join the Challenge! Date: Sat, Nov 14, 2015 Departure Total Yoga Oneness Centre (Google Maps) 6:00am - Return 1pm Schedule: 7:30am Reach Savandurga and practice Yoga 8:00am Trekking 9:30am Pranayam & Meditation on Hilltop 10:30 Trekking down 11:15 Brunch at Dhaba 1:30pm Arrival back in the City [...]