Every year, new trends are created in the hopes of helping people stay motivated and excited regarding their health and wellness. So, what does 2014 have in store for people who want to achieve higher levels of fitness? Here are the top 3 fitness crazes that are inspiring, motivating, and exciting to beginners and experienced exercisers alike:

Personal fitness monitoring

It used to be that you would have to go to a personal trainer and be put through a battery of tests to determine if your workouts were giving you optimal results, but all that has changed with personal fitness monitoring devices. Now, you can get instant feedback by a bracelet that you wear on your wrist or a gadget that you clip to your waistline. While you should always start out with the help of a personal trainer to avoid injury, these make great between session devices that can monitor your progress.

HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training)

Although this type of training isn’t necessarily new to the exercise world, it is gaining in popularity due to the amazing results you achieve even though you will spend less time in the gym. People who engage in HIIT have been found to reach higher levels of strength, endurance, and agility than individuals who keep their fitness routines at the same speed and intensity all the way through, making this a great program for someone that wants to advance closer to their health and wellness goals as quickly as possible.

Body Weight Training

In the past, there has been a lot of focus on achieving fitness via weighted dumbbells and barbells, but that trend is now being replaced by body weight training instead. People are realizing that they can get just as good a workout by using their own body weight for resistance rather than having to buy hundreds of pounds in weights. Resistance bands work just as well for these types of exercises and can be purchased at a fraction of the cost.

Whether you find yourself in the midst of one or all three of these trends, one thing is for sure: Keep at them and 2014 will be the year you meet or exceed your health and fitness goals!