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With research showing that our current sedentary lifestyles contribute to obesity, it is little wonder that so many of us are taking the decision to join a gym. And many choose to go one step further by hiring a personal trainer to help out. However, attitudes to fitness have changed over the years, and that shows in the vast array of fitness fads that have been around for centuries.

Here, we will take you through just some of the fitness fads that have been popular over the years. And who knows, some of these may inspire you with your fitness program.

Hula Hooping

This trend dates back as far as Ancient Egypt, where hooping was used to help improve agility. Fast forward to the 1950s and they were a key toy for many children. More recently, they have become a fitness tool, with weights being added for a greater effect. It seems astonishing that some of the fitness activities used thousands of years ago are still used to this day – but if it works, it works.

Vibration Belts

Back in the 60s, vibration was used as a way of breaking down fat. It was a huge fad with many people, particularly women, taking a lot of time to use these machines. While results continue to be researched to this day, it is still unclear as to whether there is much of an effect. There are some positive indications however, with studies showing that vibration can break fat down to a certain extent when used properly. Now, hi-tech vibration plates are a key feature of gyms all over the world, with many buying into the science suggesting that it may help.

Activity Tracking

One of the most modern ways of tracking fitness and trying to improve it are wearable fitness trackers. These allow users to see their step count, calorie count, active minutes and heart rate. This gives individuals huge amounts of information about their workout data, allowing them control over their fitness journey, which can get incredibly addictive.

The changing trends of fitness over the years have become more complex and hi-tech, and it seems that this is likely to continue. If you want to get fit at the moment, it’s encouraging that there are so many ways in which you can do this, and keeping a keen eye on the market is likely to bring you even more in the years to come.

Written by: Tommy Europe