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Fitness Trends to Avoid

Two Fitness Trends to Avoid

January 18, 2013

Trends in fitness are always coming and going. Some enjoy a longer stay than others. While workouts on home treadmills and stationary bikes will always be effective, there are some fitness trends you should avoid because they are not as healthy or effective as they may sound. Here’s a quick look at some of the fitness trends to avoid.

Fitness Trends to Avoid

1) Extreme Workouts

You may think that working out at an extreme level will help you burn more calories and get you on your way to shedding those pounds. However, this isn’t necessarily the case. This trend truly pushes your body to its limits and beyond by working yourself to exhaustion. But this isn’t doing your body as much good as you think it would. “As fatigue starts to set in during an exercise, form starts to falter,” explained Bill Hartman, Men’s Health fitness adviser. “When this happens, your body starts to compensate, altering the muscle fibers that are recruited as well as delaying reflexes.”

Once your form starts to get sloppy and your performance is affected, it may be time to take your workout down a notch. If good posture and form aren’t maintained throughout the workout, you could be more prone to injury and you won’t be reaping all the possible benefits from exercising. It’s better to do fewer repetitions or reduce your speed if you notice your form start to deteriorate.

2) Barefoot Running

This trend seems to be taking off, claiming that running without shoes helps you avoid aches and pains and even leads to longer and faster runs. “Many argue that wearing traditional running shoes encourages runners to heel strike because the shoes are cushioned in the back,” said the Health Journal. “Heel striking can actually slow a runner down.”

Although this trend seems to work for some, you should stay away from it because you tend to have problems with stabilization like and over and under pronation. Overpronation happens when the foot strikes the ground and rolls more than 15 degrees inward, according to Runner’s World. Those with flat feet tend to deal with this issue. High-arched runners may experience under pronation – when the foot does not roll inward enough after hitting the ground.

TRUE Fitness is Here to Stay

Cardio fitness equipment is here to stay. Whether you’re out at the gym or working out at home, cardio fitness equipment isn’t going anywhere.  TRUE Fitness offers commercial treadmills, ellipticals, and bikes that have been designed and tested to give you a lasting and effective workout. The smooth and quiet quality delivers superior performance.