The Hottest Fitness Trends this Summer

Prepare to get hot this Australian summer with a range of new fitness trends, including obstacle courses and paddle boarding.

Summer is well and truly on its way, sending men and women everywhere scrambling for their sneakers in a bid to shape up before hitting the beach.

Whether you're just starting a new health regime or you are a long-time lover of all things sporting, take a look at some of the fitness trends hitting our shores this season.

Incidental Exercise

The Australian Government Department of Health recommends moving as much as you can, as often as you can. This includes walking instead of driving and taking the stairs instead of the lift or escalator.

All these little things can add up to build better fitness, and can be complemented by a more rigorous and structured plan that involves scheduled exercise.

Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Celebrities have been spruiking the benefits of paddle boarding for a while now, and this summer is likely to see the trend really take off. It's a fantastic core workout in a serene setting, and you can even do it with your friends.

If you're looking to step things up a notch, try paddle board yoga for a more intense workout focusing on balance and strength.

Obstacle Races

Chances are that you've seen popular television shows like Wipeout that feature gruelling obstacle courses for contestants to conquer. The rise in popularity of such courses has seen events like Tough Mudder and Adventure Race Australia become increasingly in-demand.

Put yourself, and your friends and colleagues, through your paces over tracks complete with mud, climbing walls and even occasionally barbed wire. You'll never look at fitness the same way again.

As always, make sure to balance any new exercise regimes with healthy meal plans. Give your body the fuel it needs to power through the new activities you throw at it.

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