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The Top Three Fitness Trends of 2018

JENNIFER SMALLRIDGE

It’s safe to say that a new year comes with plenty of motivation for many of us – a chance to start fresh and hit those fitness goals. Fortunately, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) conducts a huge survey each year to identify where the trends are heading in fitness and health.

Note that these trends are different to ‘fitness fads’, which are often super unique and often have a shorter time in the spotlight.

It appears many of these trends are here to stay; does your favourite workout make the list?

Trend #1: HIIT-ting the spot

High intensity interval training (HIIT) has been the word on everyone’s lips for a while now – for good reason! A solid HIIT workout is time efficient, and our bodies absolutely love the metabolic benefits that it brings.

Make it yours: Love to spin but don’t quite have time? Crank up the resistance on the exercise bike for 20 seconds, then recover for 10 seconds, and repeat this 8 times for a full-on four minute workout! You could then repeat this with push ups, skipping, burpees, squats – the choice is yours.

Trend #2: Better together

Group exercise is a fitness classic, but it doesn’t need to be all Lycra and leotards to qualify! These days, group programs incorporate HIIT, functional training, Pilates, body weight circuits, dancing; you name it and there’s probably a group for you to join! Check out this article to find some awesome ways to socialise (while being active). Research has also shown that simply being part of an exercise group lowers stress and improves quality of life.

Make it yours: With apps like ClassPass and MINDBODY, finding a group workout near you has never been easier! You can search by your location, your interests, and often grab a great deal while you’re at it. If you’re a member at a gym, group fitness may already be included in your membership – why not check out the 2018 timetable next time you pop in?

Trend #3: Wearing and sharing your fitness

Wearable technology continues to rank highly amongst fitness trends, and we have plenty of options to choose from right now. An activity tracker particularly helps if you’re goal-focused, and maybe a little competitive (step challenge anyone?). There are also heaps of sleek options out there so that you can wear your watch well beyond your workout.

Make it yours: Perhaps a built-in heart rate monitor is important to you, or sleep tracking, or smartphone integration – or maybe you dig all of the above! We recommend that you do your research and make sure that the technology will fit seamlessly with your life. For example, some devices need to be charged every few days, others have a replaceable battery which lasts for a whole year. Oh, and don’t forget to actually wear it (guilty!).

Above all trends, the best kind of exercise is the one that you do most often, because you love it. If stand-up-paddleboard-hula-hooping is your thing, then don’t stop! (And secondly, can we come too?). Feeling fit, strong, and looking after your body will always be in fashion.

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