The beginning of the year is a time for change, and for many, change couldn’t come soon enough. After months of drinking, overeating and swapping workout sessions for parties, many of us are itching to get back into a healthier routine. While we’re more than a month into the New Year, some of us still may not have returned to a routine. The good news is that it’s never too late to start exercising and eating healthy. But jumping in headfirst is no cakewalk. To get back on track, the right fitness trends and tips, along with a solid helping of focus and motivation, will do the trick.
As with the world of style, food and home décor, fitness has seen its fair share of trends and fads come and go. While traditional disciplines such as yoga and pilates have remained consistently popular, other new and alternative ways to stay fit have also arrived on the scene, some of which even the biggest fitness fanatics might not have tried. Last year, trend forecasting agency WGSN released their Fitness Trend Report 2015, which predicted the top trends. Check out what 2016 has in store for us!
Wearable Tech: It shouldn’t come as a major surprise that wearables reign supreme this year. The need to quantify every step, every mile and every single workout isn’t going anywhere. Whether it’s a Fitbit or LumoLift, these portable devices offer an easy and accurate way to keep a tab on your health without too much added effort. Temporary Tattoo Trackers, the next tech tats, are in the process of being developed and tested. They use an electro-conductive paint that has the ability to store and transmit info. Cool, isn’t it?
Immersive Fitness: Thanks to the latest projection and LED technology, gyms use digital projection and cinema-size screens to transport fitness fanatics into amazing visual worlds – whether it’s climbing the side of a steep glacier or sprinting across lava flows. It’s sure to be exhilarating.
High-Intensity Interval Training: The idea here is to partake in short bursts of high-intensity exercise followed by a short period of rest or recovery. This method of exercise can help burn more fat and calories than regular aerobic and steady-state workouts. Coming in at around 30 minutes or less per session, this is a super-effective way to work out for those who are short on time. It’s versatile, effective and efficient, since it taxes both aerobic and anaerobic fitness, increases endurance, builds muscle and increases strength, all at the same time!
Precision Running: The treadmill is making a comeback, and running workouts are on the rise in 2016. Hitting the sweet spot between fun, fitness and tech, group-running classes combine the excitement of spin with the competiveness of racing. All you need is a thumping playlist and some comfy trainers.
Body Weight Training: Super budget-savvy millennials are skipping workouts that require expensive supplies, and instead choosing an alternative that requires just one thing – you! Your body is meant to move in all directions, in multiple planes and as a connected unit. Squats, push-ups and pull-ups are some of our favourite ways to train the body without breaking the bank.
Playtime: The trend for outdoor workouts and fun in fitness has grown more playful, childlike and nostalgic. This type of workout encourages people to escape the serious mood of the gym and head outside to the playground instead. The swing doubles as TRX for suspension training, and the slide becomes an incline for an abs workout.
Even though simple phrases like ‘lose 10 pounds’ or ‘run a seven-minute mile’ sound pretty motivating, goals like that usually take at least a few months of working out consistently to achieve any noticeable progress. And being constantly disappointed that you still haven’t attained these milestones isn’t great for your ego. Instead, frame your exercise goals as weekly to-dos. Try following one of these trends, and that should move you in the right direction. After all, the best project you’ll ever work on is you!