Friday, May 25, 2018

Guest Post :: 5 Fitness Programs Trending in 2018

Summer is here and putting off that favorite to make New Year’s Resolution to workout more, is finally here to haunt a few of us… Fortunately, it is never too late to start working out and develop healthy habits. It really is a little mind boggling that in just two short weeks of carving out a little time for fitness you can start to tell a difference. Technology has definitely added a new element to the fitness and I always love finding out the fitness programs that are trending. Today Jordan, a health and fitness freelance writer is sharing the top 5 trending fitness programs for 2018!

As technology and scientific study begin to have a larger role in the fitness world, we’re sure to see fitness trends develop at a faster pace than ever before. Scientists, doctors, and trainers are able to harness the power of research to develop fitness routines that continue to challenge the body in new ways so that you can get the most out of your workout session. Here are five of the top fitness programs that are trending in 2018.

Functional Training
Functional training puts an emphasis on completing an exercise with perfect form, rather than cranking out the most reps or using the highest possible weight. Functional training is a style of exercise with a practical end: it aims to increase strength and overall health, but by completing movements with precision and care, it also aims to improve your performance of daily activities.

Think about all the ways you use your body over the course of the day: carrying your child to bed, lifting heavy bags of groceries into the trunk of your car, mowing your lawn. Functional training might occur in the gym, but it will help you stay strong and injury-free during your daily life.

High Intensity Interval Training
High intensity interval training, or HIIT, to those in the know, has been popular for a few years now. What’s new for 2018? Group workouts that put an emphasis on HIIT, as well as shorter workouts—30 minutes or less—that really get your heart pounding and the sweat pouring. The premise of every HIIT workout is the same, though in practice they can be varied: a short sprint or all-out effort, followed by a shorter recovery period.
Be on the lookout for group classes in that put this principle to work in everything from classic cardio like running and cycling to newer, weight lifting and bodyweight classes like tabata and MetCon. Our tip: opt for women and men’s fitness apparel that helps you keep cool and wicks sweat while you put your body through the ringer.

Martial Arts-Inspired Classes and Gyms
Whether it can be attributed to a resurgence of America’s long-standing love of karate or the more recent popularity of MMA, martial-arts inspired classes are popping up at gyms all over the country and providing a new way to get your sweat on. Whether you choose a martial arts class at a specialized gym or start incorporating a kickboxing course into your routine, you’ll likely love the adrenaline-pumping, full-body challenge that comes with mastering these workouts.

Yoga, In All of Its Many Forms
Yoga is growing in popularity as access to classes increases, with a multitude of classes available on the internet, at community centers, and in gyms all over the world. While the most popular style of yoga for Western practitioners is vinyasa, increased knowledge about other styles and branches of yoga means that there’s always a new way to practice, particularly in 2018.
It seems like you hear about a new form of yoga every day: from aerial yoga to yoga with your dog, this is one fitness trend that is not struggling to adapt and grow. Most forms of yoga are wonderful for stress relief, flexibility, strength building, and balance and has been adopted by everyone from professional golfers to NBA stars, so we doubt that this one is going anywhere anytime soon.

Group Exercise Gets Hip
When you hear the term group exercise, you might be tempted to think of your mother’s aerobics step class circa 1991, but step into any group training room and you’d be surprised by how dynamic, challenging, and fun a group class can be in 2018. Led by experienced trainers, group fitness has started to incorporate all sorts of disciplines from other sports.

There are group sessions that involve rowing machines, classes that take their cues from the best CrossFit WODs involving sandbags and ropes, and classes that focus on combinations of serious cardio and muscle-building bodyweight exercises for the ultimate burn. Technology makes these classes even more fun, with video screens, world-class sound systems, and the latest equipment so you’re sure to feel motivated while you get your sweat on.

Author Bio:
Jordan Bannon is a freelance writer specializing in health and fitness. As an advocate for clean, healthy and balanced lifestyles, he writes about developments in health and wellness, along with natural skincare and beauty products.


Thursday, May 24, 2018

My Top 5 Favorite Movies

I don’t know what the weather is like where you all live, but in the South, sometimes it can just get so hot that the only two things to really do are…spend time by a body of water or just hide out from the heat and have a summer movie marathon.

I saw a post similar to this one a few months ago and it got me think that if I could only watch 5 movies what would they be… Obviously, I like more than just 5 movies, but I thought it would be fun to share a top 5 list!
You’ve Go Mail// I first saw this movie when I was 12, and You’ve Got Mail is the first rom-com that I actually and truly appreciated. I just fell in love with all the fashion {so 90s…}, New York in the Fall, and the clever dialog. So clearly this is a clear #1 movie favorite for me.

Elf// I know, I know…Elf is a Christmas movie, but I honestly watch it all year round. It is just such and instant movie classic that always puts me in a good mood.

The Age of Adaline// Okay, so if I had to pick between The Age of Adaline and You’ve Got Mail I honestly don’t know which one I would pick. Confession, I am kind of a hopeless romantic and this movie has all the elements that I love. Not to mention, the fashion in this movie is on point.

Rear Window// So...I was a little bit of a weird kid growing up, and instead of wanting to be a Disney princess when I was little I wanted to be Grace Kelly… I loved her movies and how she spoke. Needless to say I have seen a good number of Grace Kelly movies, but Rear Window is my favorite. Her and Jimmy Kelly make such a great acting team and I love the element of mystery that keeps you a little bit on the edge of your seat.

White Christmas// Yes, another Christmas movie, but lets be honest…who can resist a good vintage Christmas where singing and dancing is involved? Plus, sometimes it is nice to take a little metal vacation to a cooler season when it’s 100 degrees plus outside. 

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Home Decor Summer Inspiration

I always think blue & white when I think of summer home d├ęcor. It’s just such a fresh and classic color combination, and lets be honest I love blue and white any time during the year. Pinterest has had some stunning blue and white inspiration lately and I am just so in love with everything!