Possible 2018 Fitness Trends
One of society’s biggest resolutions for the New Year revolves around this idea of becoming a healthier version of yourself. Each year, many individuals set new fitness, health, and personal growth goals. Whether that means eating better, getting back in the gym, or simply becoming more active than before, hitting refresh on the New Year is never a bad idea. So, what kind of trendy workouts can we look forward to this year?
Returning to Play While ab circuits and squats are surely effective, sports psychologists predict people will return to a “childlike” state of play when working out. Whether that means scaling a cool formation of rocks or swinging from a tree, many think a playful mind will rule the workout scene this year.
Boxing This next kick-butt sport is all the talk. One of the reasons boxing is becoming its own knockout workout of the year is because it is so easy to become engaged. Whatever anger, tension, or stress you might feel, you are able to take it out in a fun and strength enhancing activity.
High-Intensity Interval Training When living in such a fast-paced world, everyone is always so busy that one of the biggest excuses for not working out is the lack of time. However, professionals say high-intensity interval training will not only benefit time constraints but also overall fitness goals. HIIT sessions are designed to be time efficient and effective, but fitness professionals do not always recommend it due to the risk of injury.
Group Fitness Classes Not only does Coach Todd teach us the motivational psychology behind surrounding yourself with people when performing certain activities, but fitness gurus are also raving about the various types of group training classes 2018 will introduce. Individuals find themselves able to enjoy working out more with familiar faces around them, and it also motivates people to perform better and push themselves further.
Wearable Technology Workout technology is advancing in the fitness world. People seem to thrive off of visual numbers and goals keeping them accountable. For example, the Apple Watch is encouraging people to get up and close their activity rings, Fitbit steps are getting more people up and walking, and heart rate monitors are measuring exercise intensity. This type of activity tracking is a neat tool to enhance the sense of accomplishment you feel after completing a goal.
Strength Training Weightlifting used to scare people away because the thought of becoming a bodybuilder suddenly became associated with picking up a dumbbell every now and then. As it turns out, strength training is one of the most effective ways to tone down your body and improve muscle endurance, and many more people are beginning to realize this. With this being said, fitness experts expect to see fewer people on cardio equipment and more individuals hitting the lifting machines this year.
Whether you choose to try out some of these predicted trends or not, improving the frequency of your physical activity is never a bad idea. Each of us will begin 2018 with our own set goals to accomplish, and knowing what the fitness industry might change could help you be successful in your own areas. Have a happy and healthy New Year!