The turn of the year always welcomes a few new fitness fads and 2018 is no different. We expect plenty of them and plenty worth trying too.
We’re always trying to push boundaries to improve our health, fitness and general wellbeing and 2018 is going to see the return of some old favourites, the arrival of innovative new workouts and the continual rise of some of the most popular methods of exercise out there.
Here’s what you need to know about some of the more popular fitness trends this year.
Of course, yoga has been around since ancient India but with so many styles the exercise is forever changing. This year yoga is going to be a hugely popular exercise among men and we thoroughly recommend it. Not only is it a source of relaxation, stress relief and good for your heart, it’ll also boost performance in sports such as running and cycling.
Running continues to be hugely popular and it’s no real surprise. The likes of Mo Farah, Jess Ennis-Hill continue to inspire, with the likes of the London Marathon becoming more oversubscribed than ever before. This is being additionally fuelled by the likes of Adidas and Nike who are continually pushing boundaries with their products and giving the sport that “cool factor”.
Weight Loss Programmes
2018 will be the year where we really start to care about what we eat. Veganuary was a big thing last month and we’re going to see more and more publications promoting healthy eating and weight loss programmes. There is already a wealth of these out there and it’s well worth looking out for the best online reviews to make an educated decision on what’s right for you. They will help supplement your performances elsewhere and could be the difference in making that PB.
Forget the gym, you can lift without the need of weights by simply using your own body. By using your own bodyweight as resistance training you’re effectively working out multiple muscles and you don’t need to pay a monthly subscription to do it. You need little equipment and you can do it anytime, anywhere.
Data Driven Tracking
The pros have looked for marginal gains for decades and now so are we. Fitness trackers such as Strava are making us more obsessed with time, speeds and distances than ever before. Not only that, but we’re going to be paying more attention to those dials on exercise bikes and treadmills and seek to PB almost every time we hit them.
Virtual Reality Fitness
Yes, really. 2018 is going to see the rise of virtual reality fitness in order to transform our workouts. Some studios in London are already offering this, transporting people away from a sports hall opposite Tesco in Putney to the beaches of Thailand, all via headset. We expect this may take a while to catch on, but we’d certainly give it a try. It aims to completely transport you away and ease stress even further. So we can’t really complain with that.