It’s never too early to start thinking about your new year fitness routine. Like most people, you’re probably tired of the same old routine. You want something new to help ring in the new year and help you rev up your fitness routine and hit your goals.
Lucky for you, we’ve searched high and low and found the hottest fitness trends for 2019!
1- The biggest trend for the new year is wearable technology. If you are the lucky recipient of a smartwatch, a fitness tracker, heart monitor, or any other techie fitness gift for the holidays, all you have to do is throw on a pair of shoes (or not) and get outdoors, or better yet, walk up and down your stairs at home. It doesn’t matter where you go or what you do. Studies have shown that people move more when they have one of these devices reminding them to get off the couch and take a few steps. So, grab your tracker and start moving! You’ll be the leader of the pack in no time flat.
2- Group training classes are hot! Any class you can take with other participants is worth it for the motivation. There are even online group classes you can join and enjoy from the comforts of your home. What’s not to love about that?
3- HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) was number one in last year’s list of fitness trends. It’s taken a slight hit as far as numbers are concerned, but it’s still big in the fitness industry and should not be ignored. This training involves short bursts of high-intensity exercise followed by a brief resting period, then, repeat for several intervals. Training usually lasts about 30 minutes or less and no gym required.
4- Many new and exciting fitness classes are popping up for people of a certain age and certain mobility levels. Let’s face it, our population is aging and it only makes sense that we continue to keep our bodies fit and healthy well into old age. Exercise, even moderate exercise, is a wonderful way to maintain bone density and build or keep muscle mass as you age.
5- Bodyweight training is great because there are no barbells to lift and no kettle balls to manage. All you need for this is the weight of your own body. Think planks, push-ups, and other exercises that use your body’s own resistance.
6- Certified personal trainers in it for the win. The fitness industry has exploded and for good reason. People are more conscious of what they eat and how they move. Why not hire a professional to help you meet your optimal fitness level and help you reach your goals?
7- The ancient practice of yoga has made the top ten in fitness trends for years. It’s taken on many forms and revved up what one can do in yoga, but that hasn’t changed the great impact it can have on your life. You can take a power yoga class, or hot yoga, or even goat yoga. No wonder it’s on the list of best workouts!
8- Functional fitness training uses exercise to help improve balance, coordination, strength, and endurance. Turning these weaknesses into strengths can help you in other areas of your life, like when you want to go on a hike or play an affable sports match with family or friends. On the whole, these exercises help you function better in your daily life.
9- Interestingly enough, many health care providers are ditching their prescription pads and advising patients to exercise instead. A morning walk, an evening run, and step goals all play a role in this new trend. It’s about teaching you how to better care for yourself through exercise.
No matter how you decide to workout, it’s important to be active every day, and with this list of the best workouts, you have many options to make it fun and far from ordinary.
By Robert Clum