With the new year coming up, it usually brings a whole range of resolutions – mainly to do with getting fitter and healthier but with so many different options available I thought I’d have a look at what the fitness trends are for 2016.
A survey for 2800 fitness professionals revealed at Top of the list is wearable tech. In a world that seems to revolve around social media, wearable technology has steadily evolved over the last few years and what started as a simple pedometer, can now track various different activities not just the number of steps you take as some can also monitor your heart rate, and sleep patterns and integrate with your smartphone. As the technology and apps improve further and undoubtedly get cheaper gadgets like smartwatches and bands will have a big role in peoples lives.
At number two is body weight exercises such as push-ups, squats and sit-ups. Whether it’s during a class or at home – body-weighted exercise is really convenient and can be done at home and as no equipment is needed means that it’s also cheap. Your body needs to be able to move in all different directions and serve many functions and so is something that can be done by all ages, abilities and fitness levels and is effective for everyone, whether recovering from an injury or a sports professional.
In at 3 is Tabata or High Intensity Interval Training, where an exercise is performed at 100% effort level for a few seconds work followed by a short rest period. Whether it is simply a part of your workout routine or a specific HIIT style class like Metafit. This type of interval has been shown to boost metabolism and incrreas the duration of your bodys fat burning period. It’s been around for a few years now, but it’s popularity continues to increase due to finding it’s way into sections of other style classes like Boxercise, Cross Fit and Body Pump.
At number 4 is Strength Training. While this has always been propular with guys – more and more women are also starting to use the weights area of gyms as a means or both helping to lose weight and tone up, dispelling myths that if women lift weights they will bulk up like men and provides many other benefits such as strong bones and reducing risk of heart disease, so just because you lift weights doesn’t now have to mean that you want to look like a body builder.
Finally at number 5 is Personal Training. A few years ago with the economy in a sorry state the number of people hiring a PT was in decline, however their use is now back on the rise. Literally anyone can come up with a workout to either lose weight or increase size and post it online (and sometimes even charge for it) but it will not be specific to your fitness level, enjoyment or abilities. People are now starting to realise this again and beginning to understand that nothing can beat the advice, support and motivation that PT can offer as well as becoming savvy to the need for that PT to be suitably insured and qualified as well as being knowledgable in a variety of different areas of fitness to meet their clients changing needs and interests.
So what takes your fancy this year?