Now that a new year is here, you’ll see plenty of predictions and guesses about what’s to come.
This includes the latest fitness trends.
It seems that every time you go online there is a new fitness product, diet, weight loss solution, or trend that’s sweeping the internet. Some of these fitness trends are quite helpful. But, there are also a few duds.
Looking ahead, analysts have come up with various lists of which trends will dominate the headlines this year. While some of these may end up being a waste of everyone’s time, there are quite a few that could help you get in better shape.
So, we’ve sorted through these fitness fads and come up with 5 trends that you should think about using and 1 that you need to avoid.
At the top of the list is wearable technology. Some industry analysts expect that Apple iWatch sales alone will surpass 485 million units by the end of the year. Smart glasses are also expected to be big this year, with sales projected at $1.5 billion.
Wearable technology, such as fitness trackers, can be useful fitness aids. The main advantage is that help people become more aware of their fitness.
When you’re wearing a fitness tracker, you’re more likely to pay attention to your level of physical activity. You become more aware of your fitness. This is the main advantage of wearable technology, but there are other benefits – depending on the technology.
For example, some of the high-end fitness trackers can accurately monitor your heart rate. Other features include GPS tracking so that you can see how far you’ve jogged or cycled and trace your route. By monitoring and tracking your progress, you gain more motivation to stick to your fitness goals.
Another trend that will gain more attention this year is bodyweight training. This refers to exercises where you use the weight of your body as a form of resistance training.
Bodyweight training is increasing in popularity as more people realize the importance of muscle. You need muscle to maintain a healthy metabolism. And, women are starting to realize that muscle doesn’t have to make you look bulky.
But, not everyone wants to lift weights. Bodyweight training provides a different option. You can perform pull-ups, push-ups, and other exercises where your body is the primary form of resistance.
When you choose bodyweight training, you don’t need any special equipment. You just need to start working out. Pull-ups and push-ups aren’t your only choices. You can also perform squats, planks, and nearly a hundred other bodyweight exercises.
Interval training is also increasing in popularity. It boosts endurance and increases the effectiveness of your workout.
If you’re not familiar with interval training, the concept is simple. You use short bursts of high-intensity exercise with a period of recovery. For example, if you’re running, you might sprint as fast as you can for 30 seconds and then switch to a comfortable jog for 60 seconds.
This technique can be applied to a wide range of workouts. You can use interval training with almost any cardio activity, including cycling, swimming, and jogging.
More people are starting to see the value in group training. The main benefit is that it’s easier to follow through with your plans if other people are counting on you. When you make plans with friends, you’re more likely to stick to them than plans that you’ve made on your own.
Group fitness also provides more structure. When you work out on your own, it’s easier to deviate from your plans. You might cut your workout short or switch to a different activity. When you’re in a class setting or working out with a group, you all stick to the same activity.
There is also structure to the classes. Fitness classes are often instructed or led by an educated personal trainer. They start with a warm up, a solid workout, and a proper cooldown.
Group training doesn’t have to be limited to fitness classes. You could simply find a workout buddy. If a friend or family member wants to get in shape, then you can begin working out together. Use each other for motivation and encouragement to follow through with your fitness plans.
Yoga will always be a popular form of fitness. Even though surveys show that it’s not as popular as it had been in previous years, it’s one of the best ways for people to begin incorporating physical activity into their daily routine.
When you don’t have the motivation to go cycling, take a spin class, or perform strength training exercises, Yoga provides a low-intensity alternative.
Anyone can get started with Yoga. And, there are plenty of Yoga routines that have quite a high-intensity level. So, there is something for everyone.
So, what’s the one fitness trend that you need to avoid this year? Waist trainers. You may have seen these in infomercials or Kim Kardashian’s Instagram account.
The waist trainer is essentially a corset that you strap around your waist. Though, there are similar products for your arms and thighs. The fabric wraps around your body, offering compression and sweat.
The idea is that this compression will aid waist loss in the targeted area. All it is really doing is increasing sweat in that particular region. It offers no real benefit to the average person.
They do have their uses. The use of these compression wraps can be helpful when dealing with an injury. They can help restrict movement if you’re continuing to work out with a sore arm or leg. But, they won’t aid weight loss.
With a new year brings new opportunities. It’s time to start thinking about what you want to accomplish this year. You don’t need to set resolutions, but you should come up with a few new activities to add to your daily routine.
Perhaps you could get started with one of the fitness trends discussed – other than the use of waist trainers.