Men’s fitness is going in two very different directions at the same time. On one hand, many exercisers are embracing a back to basics approach to fitness, with Caveman Fitness routines. On the other hand, cutting edge Exergaming is quickly becoming a viable fitness alternative for tech savvy exercisers.
Caveman Fitness has been gaining followers for a few years, and it’s easy to see why. This type of exercise is simple and cost effective, often utilizing the outdoors and little else. The routines mimic our cavemen ancestors by climbing trees, running sprints, and even fasting to activate changes in the metabolism. Proponents of the routine argue that our genetic makeup is still optimized for these types of activities.
Exercisers are becoming increasingly interested in overall fitness and functional training, creating muscle and balance that can be used in everyday activities, not just gaining visual benefits like a bodybuilder might. Caveman Fitness routines often integrate cardio and muscle building in a single routine, for real world benefits such as lung capacity, balance, and flexibility. Another advantage to these routines is that they are often more interesting than working out in gym because you are climbing rocks, running trails, and enjoying the outdoors.
Caveman Fitness involves many old fashioned training tools and techniques, including kettle balls, dead lifts, push ups and sit ups. Not only is this style of exercise simple, it is also cost effective. Given the current state of the economy, it is not a big surprise that people are interested in cost effective fitness routines rather than expensive equipment.
Exergaming went mainstream when the Wii debuted in 2006. Initially the gaming console was met with mixed reviews by the general public and gaming industry alike. 4 years later, and many of the most popular game consoles are adopting similar motion sensing technology. Wii Fit allowed self-conscious individuals to exercise in the comfort of their own home, on their own schedule, while playing games. Although this type of technology had debuted in the 80’s, it wasn’t until the Wii came out that the public took real notice.
Exergaming is being taken to the next level by the gaming industry as a variety of new types of games are being launched that challenge the player to move his body to play the game.Many of the games are family friendly & encourage the entire family to play multi-player games that engage both the mind & body.
New technology brings the Exergaming concept to several new genres including first person shooters, role-playing games, sports, and dancing. PlayStation, Xbox, and other platforms are quickly following in the footsteps of the Wii, spurred by the popularity of the exercise game concept. While this type of exercise will probably not replace the gym anytime soon, it is a great alternative for people who might not exercise at all otherwise.
So which fitness trend will win in the end? The answer is likely both. Technology advances in motion detection and devices will probably create some pretty neat games over the next 10 years. Simultaneously, true fitness aficionados will continue to seek simple and effective methods of keeping healthy and fit. What type of fitness routine do you follow? Continue the discussion in the comments!
Please also read our previous post, Men’s Guide To Eating Healthy.
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