Today, physical activity is recognized as a major determinant of health. Regular physical activity plays an important role in the prevention and management of many chronic diseases and in improving mood.
Thus, health, fun and enjoyment are the main motivations that drive people to get involved in physical activity and sports. Whether it's for self-improvement, fun, relaxation or muscular strengthening, which activity should be practiced in 2020?
Yoga and Pilates
Present in many gyms, Yoga and Pilates have become the must-have of the Wellness Sport.
Yoga has become popular thanks to the practice of postures and breathing exercises. This activity strengthens deep muscles called "postural" and improves flexibility and tone. Yoga also has a spiritual aspect by proposing to unify body and mind, it is a true philosophy.
Pilates is an activity inspired by yoga, dance and gymnastics. It is practiced on the floor, on a mat or on machines. Proprioceptive equipment (balls, elastics, etc.) may be used to induce imbalance during the exercises, which activates and strengthens the stabilizing muscles. The regular practice of this activity improves strength, flexibility, coordination and the maintenance of good posture.
AntiGravity or Fly yoga is a form of yoga practiced in suspension.
Inspired by yoga, Pilates movements and rhythmic gymnastics sequences. This practice is based on simple exercises.
Anti-Gravity is excellent for stretching the muscles, aligning the spine and relieving the joints. It is a series of different postures that will strengthen and refine the legs, abdominals and buttocks.
3. Tension OFF
It can be practiced with or without accessories, on the ground or standing. The exercises proposed by Tension OFF are inspired by osteopathy, postural stretching, physiotherapy, yoga and Pilates.
This sport activity is for people who wish to strengthen their back in a safe way. Acting on the improvement of flexibility, posture and functional work of the deep muscles, Tension OFF is open to all levels.
4. Strong by Zumba
A sport activity from the United States that allows you to train in music. Burpees, jumps, squats, lunges, running on the spot, etc. The exercises and movements are quickly followed by a very short recovery period - the high intensity of split training.
All the muscles of the body are solicited, thus strengthening and refining the silhouette.
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5. Extreme HIIT Yoga
This class combines the intensity of split training (HIIT) with the softness and fluidity of yoga (flow, vinyasa, Kundalini). The combination of cardio, muscle strengthening, flexibility and concentration allows this sport to offer a complete physical and mental workout. Very quickly the warm-up composed of stretching and breathing exercises gives way to the HIIT with push-ups, jumps, abs, squats, etc.. Yoga is introduced at the end of the session to conclude with a Zen moment.
CrossFit focuses training around ten athletic skills: cardiovascular and respiratory endurance, muscular endurance, strength, flexibility, power, speed, agility, coordination, balance and precision.
It is therefore a very complete discipline whose objective is to make the athlete perform in all areas. More and more women are taking up the sport because it is now known that cross-fitting does not necessarily lead to a significant increase in muscle mass.
The current scientific literature on CrossFit suggests that CrossFit practice is associated with higher levels of community, satisfaction and motivation.
7. Body Combat
Created in the 90's by Les Mills as well as Body Pump, Body Combat combines intensive cardio classes with martial arts such as boxing, kick-boxing, karate, taekwondo, muay-thai, tai chi chuan and capoeira.
During the warm-up, the different movements are presented. This is followed by a very intensive combat phase during which the movements are linked together, combining endurance, power and speed. Finally, the class ends with weight training and stretching exercises on the floor.
The entire abdominal strap is used because it is necessary to contract the abdominal muscles to maintain good posture and balance. The arms, back, shoulders and legs are worked evenly through kicks and punches.
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8. The Swimcross
You like team spirit and you are not afraid to challenge yourself?
Combining basic sports exercises and sports games in a playful form, swimcross comes in the form of a session combining underwater, on and off water activities. The last twenty minutes of the session end with a "challenge of the day" in team or solo.
All muscle groups are challenged in complete safety.
- Archimedes' thrust limits articular shocks and favors the amplitude of movements.
- The draining and relaxing hydromassage avoids aches and pains. The swimcross reduces fear, boosts combativeness, and reinforces the notion of challenge.
- The practice in case of back pain is possible because this functional training improves physical capacity and reinforces the abdominal and dorsal sheathing.
This sport is suitable for all types of public. However, in case of cardiovascular disorders, tendinitis or pregnancy it is necessary to abstain or to ask your doctor for advice.
9. The Slackline
The slackline is a long elastic band that we hang on two points which allows us to cross the created path.
The slackline allows you to work on balance and general sheathing. The solicitation of the deep muscles induces postural work. Some physiotherapists are starting to use it but the activity is still used recreationally today.
A March 2018 study describes walking or balancing on a flat elastic band suspended between two anchor points as an innovative, dynamic and engaging physical activity that can be taught in physical education at the school level.
10. The Watsu
Watsu is a massage and stretching activity performed by a physiotherapist on a patient who is immersed in hot water with the sole support of floats on the legs, back and head.
Since the method has proven its benefits, the number of applicants and specialists continues to grow, especially for pregnant women who are very demanding. Indeed the method frees the baby's weight and allows to unblock the pressure points of the back which increases the feeling of lightness after the session.
In a survey conducted among Swiss practitioners concerning the fields of application, indication and effects of WATSU passive hydrotherapy, this practice seems to be an effective treatment in the management of pain and several other conditions with a high estimated effectiveness. The most common effects, confirmed by 95% of practitioners, were facilitated physical relaxation, relief of physical tension, improved respiratory function, decreased pain, increased mobility and flexibility, spiritual experiences and improved psychological health.
Regular physical activity therefore helps to maintain the body and mind. Endurance or strength, alone or with the family, fun or relaxation, there is something for everyone! And what activity will you be doing in 2020?