Latest trends will help make 2020 the year you commit to be fit – Reading Eagle

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The new year always serves as a good time to restrategize our workout regimen. Sure, there are some who may just be getting started with a renewed commitment to fitness in 2020, but for those of us already hitting the gym regularly, we can consider ourselves ahead of the game.

However, with so many options out there in terms of types of workouts, the benefits you can gain from doing them and the best place to partake in them, a personal game plan can be one factor that stumps you on your way to shaping your fitness goals for the new year.

There is no question that 2019 was synonymous with the Peloton bike and app. The personalized fitness approach it offers with live class accessibility at your fingertips from the comfort of your home has reshaped people's access to quality workouts. It wont be losing its luster in 2020.

With "self-care" being one of the biggest buzz words of 2019 and the benefits of meditation going mainstream, its difficult to ignore the benefits daily meditation might bring to your life in 2020. At places like Bldg 7 Yoga in Wyomissing, you can acquire skills to sink into the silence of meditation, and at Body Zone Sports and Wellness Complex, Spring Township, you can take classes to learn about stress and how to reduce it.

Jason Kelly, Director of Wellness at Body Zone, emphasized the importance of taking care of yourself so that you can take care of others.

Self-care is not selfish, Kelly said.

Regardless of the path you choose to get fit, gyms in 2020 will be making more of an effort to help you get the most out of the time you invest in taking classes.

Sarah Vecchio, director of fitness at Body Zone, said a new trend she sees on the horizon for group fitness classes is making fitness more of an experience.This includes incorporating lighting, loud motivating music and themed workouts to push you to your max.

Here are some fitness trends that are sure to make their mark in the new year:

Sipping and socializing

Sup and Sip classes combine a workout with mingling over Prosecco afterward.

Expect more opportunities to mingle with your workout buddies and the chance to broaden your social circle. Offerings called Sup & Sip and Bar & Bubbles at Body Zone give members the opportunity to mingle with a glass of Prosecco after a workout. Given the success they have had in offering these classes, they will continue to be offered in 2020, which goes to show that people are increasingly looking at the gym as a place to get more than just a workout.

Mindful meditation

Mindfulness and meditation apps to help reduce stress make it easy to include the practice of meditation as part of our lives. You dont have to devote tons of time daily to reap big benefits, and learning some breathing techniques and guided meditations through the apps can be key to getting you started. Yoga studios like Bldg 7 Yoga, Wyomissing, offer the skills needed to get you started on your journey for those who prefer learning in a live setting.

Penchant for Peloton

You dont have to invest in a pricey Peloton bike or Peloton treadmill to reap the benefits of a Peloton workout. With their app, you will have access to all of their workouts to add fitness into your life on your own time in 2020, with no gym necessary. You can get a digital membership to Peloton free for the first 30 days to see if it will provides what you are looking for in a workout. Whether you choose to do the workouts in your home or outdoors, you can participate in live or on-demand classes.

Floating fitness

If working out on land has become tedious and youd like to switch things up a bit, it might be time to consider reaping the benefits that working out on water can bring. Floating fitness offerings, like stand-up paddle board classes, now offered at gyms with pools, are definitely worth considering in the new year if you are looking for some variety in your regimen.

Self-care strategies

Gyms and studios are offering more educational opportunities to learn about things like nutrition, stress and meditation. Here, Dr. Ike Shibley, nutrition expert with Body Zone, presents a talk titled "What is Gluten?"

By offering classes that reinforce self-care and help restore not only muscles but also the mind, yoga figures to be a form of exercise that will be on cue for 2020. However, some gyms and studios are going beyond just offering classes to cater to your self-care regimen by offering educational opportunities to learn about meditation, stress and nutrition, as well as other ways to reinforce self-care awareness through knowledge.

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