Welcome to the New Year, Agenda Daily readers! We were doing some research and found 10 really interesting 2019 fitness trends we decided to share with you! Read on!
1. Immersive yoga set against cinematic background
This particular trend is coming from the increasing levels of stress and pressure we are all under. Viewing footage of nature, even for a short time, has a direct impact on the mood and perceived wellbeing of individuals. In fact, nature footage has been used in US medical facilities to reduce patient stress and in the treatment of dementia and other cognitive disorders.
There are countless physical benefits to a regular yoga practice and these benefits are particularly enhanced by the addition of immersive visuals. Yoga helps reduce the risk of heart related diseases, increases blood flow, improves posture and also boosts immunity. There are also many mental health benefits including the reduction of depression, stress and anxiety.
This is a trend we should all be in on. Immersed in nature, you can expect to instantly have your mind taken away from the constant worries of life to the yoga mat.
2. HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training)
HIIT took the top spot in 2018 (and in 2014), and it is not taking a backseat this year. A HIIT workout, according to ACSM, involves “short bursts of high-intensity bouts of exercise followed by a short period of rest.” They’re usually 30 minutes or less, though they can be longer. But the main point is to get a quick and very efficient workout. The best part? You can try a HIIT workout right from your living room.
3. Combat Training
Combat Sport is competitive and usually involves one-on-one combat. This style of training is becoming increasingly popular, helping to shake up people’s fitness routines and make workouts exhilarating, fast and furious. Boxing continues to grow in popularity thanks to young, skilled fighters like Anthony Joshua who showcase UK boxing on a global stage.
Whilst boxing brings out your competitive side, it is also a full body cardiovascular and strength workout which offers a wide range of physical and mental health benefits. Additionally, it is a fun and exciting way to keep fit, helping to relieve stress and tension and teaching new martial arts and self-defence skills.
4. Body-weight Training
This modality uses just your body-weight—think push-ups and planks—to get you sweating. We’re big fans of no-equipment or DIY equipment workouts because they’re extremely convenient—great for any time, any where. And, well, they work. Your body itself is truly a great resistance training tool.
5. Mastering the basics
Bringing your training back to basics is set to grow in popularity in 2019. There is a shift back to the old tried and tested techniques, as many individuals have been losing sight of the reasons why they are working out.
6. The rise of low impact training
Low impact (LI) workouts focus on movements that reduce the impact put through the joints while keeping the intensity up. To generate different levels of intensity, LI classes incorporate tempo, pauses and interval training. HIIT has been a huge trend in recent years, but with so many of us living with chronic stress and high cortisol and inflammation levels, it isn’t always the best idea.
More and more people are over training and coming away from packed HIIT classes with injuries that could have been avoided. LI provides people with a workout that minimizes that flight or fight reaction, minimizes the chance of impact-related injury, but still gives you a solid workout. Low impact training requires you to grit your teeth, load up and keep going.
7. Functional Fitness Training
One of the most practical items on the list, functional fitness training is using exercise “to improve balance, coordination, strength, and endurance to improve activities of daily living.” A squat, for example, is a functional exercise because it can mimic the motions it takes to bend down and pick something up off the floor. According to ACSM, this trend is on the rise in part thanks to the increase of fitness programs that cater to older adults.
8.Employing Certified Fitness Professionals
As the fitness industry grows, there’s an increased importance and emphasis on hiring certified professionals. Professionals predict that next year, just like last year, the industry will continue prioritizing hiring professionals that have been accredited through “educational programs and certification programs that are fully accredited for health/fitness professionals.”
9. Group Training
Nothing holds us more accountable than working out in a group. It first appeared among its top 20 trends in 2017, and innovation in the industry—like online group workout classes—are keeping it high on the list.
10. Wearable Technology
Wearable technology, like smart watches, fitness trackers, heart monitors, and more, has ranked in the top three trends every year since 2016. The merging of fitness and tech shows no signs of going anywhere, so expect to see even more ways to track and monitor your fitness in 2019.
The Ultimate American Road Trip: Route 66
If you’re looking for the omega American road trip then you’ve got to hit the Mother Road, otherwise known as Route 66. From Chicago to LA, it’s a journey that’ll provide the experience of a lifetime, showing you the heart of a great nation.
Start in Chicago & Chase the Sun
In reality, the best always head west. Would you rather end the trip in the Windy City, or just in time to catch a gorgeous L.A. sunset on the beach? There’s just something deeply spiritual for folks when we head west. It becomes an adventure. It becomes a vehicular voyage to the sea. Here are some of the highlights you can expect in order:
• Illinois: It’s a pretty straight shot through the state from Chicago through Springfield (which has some stretches of restored Route 66) and southwest to St. Louis. There’s a bit of the bright lights of big cities, but also a good calm stretch of rural to cruise through as well; vast fields of corn and farmland for close to 300 miles.
• Missouri: Once you hit East St. Louis you’ll again be greeted by sky scrapers, industrial areas and the mark of modernity but then it’s another SE straight shot through the entire belly of the state.
• Kansas: You’re only going to spend a little time in the good’ol Kansas heartland. And by little we mean a whopping 14 miles far down in the bottom south east corner. You’ll go through two towns: Galena and Baxter Springs but rest assured there’s great classic restaurants and places that’ve been open as long as Route 66 has been around. In fact, it’s because of road tripper like you just passin’on through that keep’em goin.
• Oklahoma: You’re going to go through two huge metropolises that have “country” written all over’em: Tulsa first and then into Oklahoma City before heading directly west towards the Pan Handle. Of all 8 states, it’s here that they take Route 66 the most seriously. It’s got the most preserved still-drivable miles and you’ll be able to see the remnants of Kiowa, Apache and Comanche Native American land. And, you’ll get to take the same route as families long ago in the Dust Bowl took to escape.
• Texas: You’re going to go through the upper tip of the Texas Pan Handle that takes you through Amarillo. It looks short on a map but the 200-mile stretch of plains is a sight to behold like none other. If you can time it so you cut through here in the afternoon on a sunny day your spirit will be recharged. Just try not to pay any attention to all the truckers!
• New Mexico: Welcome to the Land of Enchantment where you’ll pass through Sun Belt city and Albuquerque. These days, it can be a bit challenging to stay strictly on the old road but with all the sandstone mesas and pine forests it’s definitely worth it.
• Arizona: In Arizona you’ll stay in the northern plains rather than heading down into the really hot areas around Phoenix. Instead, you’ll pass directly through Flagstaff which is a mountain town and where Northern Arizona University is located. The sights here are like a completely different world from everything you’ve seen so far, especially once you begin to head south right before passing into California. Oh, and because of the high speeds on the I-40, this will feel like one of those awesome car track days.
• California: Once you reach this point get ready to cruise through rolling hills, vineyards, orchards, stunning landscapes and then at Barstow you should begin smelling the sea. From San Bernardino and Pasadena to Santa Monica it’s simply breathtaking.
This is only a taste of the experience really. You’ve just got to get out and do it. There’s plenty of great resources online to keep you on track and if you have the time you don’t have to miss a thing. Enjoy!
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Heartbreaking; Another School Shooting Santa Clarita, CA
Santa Clarita, California, high school shooting leaves 2 students dead, multiple injured
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (KABC) — A 16-year-old boy shot five fellow students, two fatally, Thursday morning at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita before turning the .45-caliber handgun on himself, authorities said.
A Los Angeles County Fire Department spokesperson said multiple 911 calls prompted firefighter-paramedics to respond about 7:40 a.m. to the school at 21900 Centurion Way.
Six students, including the gunman, were found in the quad suffering from gunshot wounds, Sheriff Alex Villanueva said at a news conference. All six were transported to hospitals, where two of them, a 16-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy, were later pronounced dead.
The surviving victims were described as two girls, ages 14 and 15, and a 14-year-old boy.
In a tweet, Henry Mayo Hospital said it had received four patients.
Their names were not immediately disclosed. The sheriff said the deceased girl’s parents were at the hospital. He was notified of the second fatality during a press conference at the school.
Gunman turns .45 caliber on himself
According to sheriff’s Capt. Kent Wegener, surveillance video “clearly” shows the suspect pulling a semi-automatic handgun out of his backpack in the quad and shooting five classmates before shooting himself in the head.
Thursday was the gunman’s 16th birthday, the captain said.
He was listed in grave condition at a hospital, according to Villanueva.
In the immediate aftermath of the shooting, authorities released a description of the suspect as a manhunt got underway. Heavily armed deputies and an armored SWAT vehicle were seen at a home near the school, but it was unclear if the house was connected to the investigation.
The high school remained on lockdown for hours after the incident. Shortly before 11 a.m., lockdowns were lifted at all campuses in the district, as well as Rosedell and Highland elementary schools.
Central Park, at 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road, was being used as a reunification point for parents and students, the Sheriff’s Department said.
Undersheriff Tim Murakami tweeted an apology to parents, saying investigators need to interview “every student at Saugus HS” before they can be released.
In a statement, the White House said President Donald Trump was monitoring ongoing reports about the shooting.
“The White House encourages all those in the area to follow the advice of local law enforcement and first responders,” the statement said.
Gov. Gavin Newsom tweeted an expression of gratitude to the emergency responders.
“We simply should not have to fear for our kids’ lives when we drop them off at school,” the governor said. Addressing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Newsom asked: “How many more lives will be lost? How many more shootings will we have to endure? We need commonsense gun reform. NOW.”
Amid the chaos at the scene, the number of reported victims fluctuated throughout the morning. The sheriff later confirmed that six people were shot, including the gunman.