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Current and Emerging Trends in Fitness

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Fitness is a constantly changing field. There are always new machines, methods, and theories aimed at improving the quality of life. Fitness fads may come and go, but there have been several trends in fitness that have attracted several decades and continue to grow in popularity.

Aerobic exercise has always formed the backbone of the fitness industry. Running, step aerobics, dance-type aerobics, boxing, kickboxing, and spinning, an indoor cycling class set to music, have all emerged as mainstays in health and fitness facilities. Their popularity continues to grow.

Aquatic exercise has also increased in popularity. Water has the unique ability to allow cardiovascular and muscular improvements with little stress on the joints of the body. Aquatic exercise is no longer just swimming laps; almost every class that can be done on land is now being done in the water. Running, spinning, step aerobics, and even strengthening can all be done in the water.

With the improvement of health care and longer life spans, older adult exercise has expanded and has also become a necessity to maintain a positive quality of life. Not only older adults engaging in exercise to maintain and improve health, they are taking part in competitive road races, cycling races, and bodybuilding competitions. Age barriers no longer exist and because of this, fitness classes geared towards the older population are widespread.

As grandparents and great-grandsparents take part in sports and fitness, they set an example for younger generations. These younger generations have the benefit of improved technology and more abundant food, and with these things-and a more sedentary lifestyle-come the increased chance that they will live a less healthy lifestyle than their active older family members. The fitness field combats this possibility of unhealthy living with sports and fitness programs geared towards children and young adults. This fitness trend is now faced with the challenge of improving the heath of future generations and has the opportunity to encourage a lifetime of healthy habits.

But the greatest transformation in the fitness field has been the growth of the mind-and-body exercises. There has been a shift toward gentler, more introspective exercises that also contribute to improving cardiovascular health while increasing flexibility and muscular strength. Yoga and pilates would fall into this category of exercise. Yoga has its roots in ancient India (from around 2800 BCE) and focuses on breathing and mindfulness during a practice of held poses. Pilates, on the other hand, was developed by Joseph H. Pilates (1880-1967) around 1926. Pilates' method involved a unique series of stretching and strengthening exercises. Both yoga and pilates use an individual's breath and self-awareness as the focus of exercise. Aside from the obvious strength and flexibility benefits, these mind and body exercises are popular for their stress relieving qualities. … Read More

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Spire

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Spire is a spectacular newer development in the heart of Atlanta’s Midtown neighborhood. The building is sleek, stylish and contemporary, and has already become a landmark in the cityscape. It has 388 units on 29 floors and features 21,500 sq. ft. of onsite retail space. Amenities include a state-of-the-art fitness center (with separate rooms for weight training, aerobics, and a cardio theatre); a swimming pool; sun lounges; outdoor grill; club room and media room. Wireless internet access is available throughout the building as well. You can expect contemporary finishes, open floorplans, and spectacular views.

About Midtown:

Midtown is Atlanta’s most exciting intown neighborhood. With boutique shopping, fabulous restaurants on every corner, bistros, clubs, and all the city’s finest arts venues, including the Fox Theatre, the High Museum, the Woodruff Arts Center, the 14th Street Playhouse, and much more. It’s also the home of Piedmont Park — Atlanta’s backyard. You’ll love being able to stroll to the park, soaking in the exciting urban environment of the neighborhood.

This is a great neighborhood for alternative transportation. You can walk to just about anything you need, and the Midtown MARTA rail station (only a couple of blocks away) can whisk you to nearly anyplace else you need to go, including Downtown’s central business district, Buckhead’s malls, and Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. Of course, if you choose to drive, you have virtually instant access to I-75/85 and GA 400 with I-20 and I-285 only minutes away.

860 Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30308

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