With summer just a few months away, now is a great time to kickstart that new health regime. If you’re looking to get active in 2019, here are just a few of the key fitness trends that are set to be big over the coming year.
For the uninitiated, this type of training involves bursts of high intensity cardio alternated with lower intensity rest periods. While the benefits of high intensity interval training (HIIT) have long been touted, in 2019, there is going to be a shift to the HIIT-hybrid. For example, classes incorporating HIIT and yoga are making a splash in the US. So, expect to see HIIT classes with a twist coming to gyms and health spas in the UK over the coming months.
Technology is increasingly becoming part of the fitness world, and this is expected to continue into 2019 (and beyond). The obvious example is wearable devices that track various aspects of your fitness regime, including the quality of your sleep. There is also a shift towards streaming, with workouts available on-demand at the gym, at home and also while travelling. Workouts are now moving towards the state-of-the-art, with the use of virtual training and ‘smart’ equipment. Apps that focus on coaching and nutrition are also expected to grow in popularity.
Now for some good news…shorter workouts are in fashion! Forget sweating it out in the gym for hours, the recent trend towards effective workouts that last under 45 minutes is expected to continue. In fact, if you choose the right type of HIIT workout, you can even see results in as little as 15 minutes.
A further fitness trend for 2019 is an increased focus on mental wellbeing, as well as physical health. For example, look for workouts based on meditation, more focus on quality sleep, and apps that promote mindfulness. Beyond this, there will be a focus on training the brain and on the mental aspects of exercise, which is often neglected as people strive to shed pounds and tone muscles.
Fitness is set to become personal in 2019, with more data available that can help you understand your body and tailor a workout regime accordingly. There is also a rise in workout-at-home options, with the likes of indoor cycling disrupter Peloton shaking up the fitness world. At the same time, there is a trend towards making fitness social, with a focus on sharing your goals and achievements and also on multi-day wellness festivals.
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