From Bollywood dancing to
Paleo-inspired workouts, the new
fitness is anything but routine.
BY LISA ROSEN
While we love hitting the yoga studio for an in-person session, and watching the miles rack up on our Fitbits still gives a thrill, the latest endeavors in exercise have us rethinking
the concept of working out. How can we make fitness simpler?
More natural? More fun From the high-concept to the high-tech, we sought out the top trends to shake up your routine.
Who knows? One of them might become your go-to move.
From Moscow to Manila, New York to New Delhi, the hyper-
busy, overextended nature of modern life is rampant. We are
sleeping less, working more and tracking our activities with ever
more ubiquitous technologies. The upside? Wellness is evolv-
ing right along with us, and activities that fit into our cramped
schedules are trending. Aside from the proliferation of time-
optimizing exercises both online and at the gym (“10-minute
workout” yields nearly a million You Tube results), new ways to
combine activity with the workday are gaining ground. From
treadmill desks to walking meetings, the options are creative—
and easily trackable, thanks to the wealth of wearables on the
market. The surge in popularity of body-weight training (think
pushups, crunches, lunges) is partly due to the no-equipment-
necessary, anywhere-anytime nature of these workouts. Another
plus: “You don’t need to do a whole workout at once,” says well-
ness expert Keri Glassman. “You can do planks in your office,
squats in the elevator—10-minute spurts throughout the day add
up. Plus, many of the exercises work your core, which is key to
overall strength and stability.”
The ancient art of yoga has evolved for our modern lives,
too. Its focus on mind-body integration and healing makes
it a powerful tool against contemporary stresses—and,
fortunately, it moves just as nimbly from the studio to your
home or hotel room. Online yoga classes unite tradition and