This article has been republished from AIA Vitality-Vlife 2018.

Whether it’s speedy ballet-based workouts in London or laughing sessions in India, exercise trends always develop for a reason – and they usually say something about who we are as people. We take a look at fitness trends across the world and the important lessons they can teach us.

Exercise trends come and go as people across the world try out different methods of keeping fit. Right now, global exercise trends fall in favour of wearable tech, body weight training and high-intensity training (HIIT) – but customised, mixed-discipline classes continue to rise.

Whatever the trend, there are lessons to learn from new (and old) methods of exercising. Here are the ones we’ll be applying to our future workouts.

India’s Laughing Yoga
Lesson: don’t take things too seriously

Bangalore in India has been described as one of the best laughter cities due to its sheer number of laughing yoga clubs. This laughter therapy combines simple flexibility exercises, yoga and pranayama (a practice which focuses on controlling the breath). And it’s not just one type of laughter on offer either: practises range from appreciation laughter to apology laughter and even Charlie-Chaplin laughter. Closer to home, Laughter Yoga Australia delivers workshops at schools, workplaces and aged care centres in order to facilitate the proven benefits of laughter on the human mind and body.

China’s Boxing Classes
Lesson: take it out on the punching bag

Moving away from the traditionally slow pace of tai chi to a more gym-centric attitude to keeping fit, China’s younger population are heading in droves to gym classes – including boxing – claiming stress-relief as a big factor for their chosen methods. Considering the increasingly frenetic pace of China’s major cities, it’s no surprise that an outlet is in order – but we could all do with a little light relief at times. Take your pick of boxing classes at Fitness First or Virgin Active gyms across Australia.

LA’s Lagree Method
Lesson: just because it’s hard doesn’t mean you can’t do it

LA is known for its pioneering exercise class landscape, and one of its prominent offerings is the Lagree method. Using a machine called the Megaformer, this workout combines pilates and bodybuilding to sculpt and tone, and is known for its high intensity. It promises to deliver a workout that addresses cardio, strength, endurance, body composition and flexibility – all in under one hour.

Europe’s Barre Workout
Lesson: you do have time to exercise

Europe teaches us that not all exercise routines need to take a long time. Barrecore studios in London run an express workout option (45 minutes) in which their signature ballet-based workout (that uses your own bodyweight as resistance) is condensed to fit into a lunch break or early-morning session. Designed to work the entire body, the strengthening exercise promises to create a lasting change to posture and alignment. Try it for yourself wherever you are in the world with a subscription to BarreCore’s online video workouts.

This article was originally published here “https://www.aiavitality.com.au/vmp-au/latest_news?selDate=4/2017&article=exercises_around_the_world”.

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