2018 Fitness Trends
Every fitness fanatic likes to keep motivated and focused, and with new gym and workout trends appearing on a regular basis, it’s good to interchange your regular routine with new fitness challenges to keep enthused, engaged and on track with your goals.
We’ve looked at what’s going on around the country, checked out the thoughts of health and fitness professionals and made a note of those classes and predicted trends you should be doing this year to keep your body moving.
High-intensity interval training (HIIT): Lose fat and not muscle with this popular training – it’s efficient and effective, even if it’s only a 15 minute session. Intense bursts of exercise, followed by short, sometimes active, recovery periods keeps your heart rate up and burns more fat in less time. Best performed a few times a week.
Apps and wearable technology: When smartwatches came on the scene, it introduced exercise and activity to so many people. In a society where we’re obsessed with technology and gadgets, downloaded apps are ideal assistants for health, fitness, coaching, tracking and weight-loss because they are always with us, and they're quite personal and can be built into your daily habits or routine.
Strength training: This type of training isn’t just about getting big muscles, it’s more focused on functional training and core work and helps you improve your body mechanics. It can also be done outside of a gym with modest equipment such as resistance bands, kettle weights and medicine balls. Nearly everyone regardless of age and gender can benefit from strength training.
Group training: This is always popular, whether it’s a gym class, running group or a weight training partner, training with others can be healthy competition and certainly keeps you motivated. It could also be personal attention from an instructor or trainer is the company you need to exercise consistently.
Yoga: This ancient discipline supports ongoing participation in enhancing flexibility, balance, posture and the mind-body connection; changing your physical and mental capacity. While it may seem tame compared to most training programs, yoga's health benefits are anything but ancient and will seriously tone your body.
Boxing: Among the many benefits of boxing, a workout can blast up to 600 calories an hour and provides an all-body workout; toning your arms, shoulders, core, and legs. Traditional boxing classes remain a firm favourite, but if throwing a punch is not your idea of fun, then try cardio boxing classes of kickboxing, aeroboxing or Tae.
Outdoor activities: There are lots of ways you can escape the gym and head outdoors, including cycling, running, climbing, walking, canoeing and if you’re feeling very energetic and more competitive, there are lots of outdoor races for you to get involved with, such as the Tough Mudder.