Top 8 Fitness Trends for 2019
There are a thousand and one slogans most people can rattle off about staying healthy and active. Commit to be fit! Don’t stop ‘til you Drop! Turn fat into fit!
We all know, there’s actually a multi-billion-dollar, worldwide industry spawned from people’s need to have an actively fun and fit lifestyle. So, you won’t be surprised to learn that from fitness technology trends to fitness fashion there are quite a few noteworthy fitness trends to take note of this year.
Today, we’re going to flex our most prodigious muscle (the brain) and explore some of the more interesting fitness trends of 2019.
Top Fitness Trends 2019
As reported by American College of Sports Medicine’s Health & Fitness journal November/December 2018, the top 8 indexed fitness trends of 2019 are:
1. Wearable technology
We all seem to love our gimmicks and gadgets and this particular 2018/2019 fitness technology trend makes no exception. Wearable tech is big business these days and the latest wearable fitness equipment includes all manner of activity trackers, smartwatches, GPS devices, heart rate monitors and now, we even have smart eyeglasses (which track activity and have inbuilt GPS for maps). Juniper Research is a digital market analyst and they predict over $1.5 billion in sales for the smart glasses alone. That’s not even factoring in the other wearable tech, interactive textiles and smart fabrics which are becoming increasingly more advanced with every passing year. It’s already astonishing in its innovation and it’s virtually impossible to predict just how revolutionary fitness equipment or wearable technology may become in the future.
2. Group training
Group exercise training programmes have been around for quite some time but have had a resurgence in popularity over the last few years. Group training means exercise instructors lead, teach and energize individuals into getting fit together with groups specifically designed for larger class sizes. Primarily this means classes larger than 5. As there are so many infinite varieties of exercise, so too are there an almost infinite variety of group classes. Each one aimed at different fitness levels and catering to differing fitness trends. They’re typically motivational in tempo and method with each instructor trying to push the group as a whole to achieve their individual fitness goals.
The great thing about going to a group session is that you can get charged up by the atmosphere, with the energy of the other participants providing a much-needed jolt of invigoration for those who may be needing it.
3. High-intensity interval training
HIIT, as referenced by the Journal of Physiology of the Physiological Society, usually involves intervals of high-intensity exercise followed by a brief recovery period. It typically takes less than half an hour, although it’s not uncommon for people to maintain longer sessions. Unfortunately, there is a risk when undertaking any exercise program and this one, in particular, is associated with a high injury rate. Despite the inherent risks involved, this has proved to be a popular trend in gyms globally.
- Low-intensity steady state training – LISS is a viable alternative to HIIT and it typically involves training at a steady state for an extended period of time at perhaps as little as 50 percent of your maximum heart rate. So, a LISS workout can often be an hour or 90-minute walk, a casual run on the treadmill or cruising speed on a stationary bike. This low impact way to work ligaments, muscles, tendons, and joints is not only great for stress management but also has a lower injury rate and faster recovery rate. LISS workouts are good for cardiovascular conditions, fat burning, active recovery, and stress relief.
- According to the BioMed Research International Journals, there’s a consensus that regular physical activity can improve physical fitness and general health, assisting in the prevention of disease. One of the best ways to do this is to follow a new fitness trend called mash-up cross-training. The aim is simply to help exercisers reach their goals with far less chance of injury by bridging disciplines. Mash-up training simply means to mix up your exercise regimes. This is key to having a more fun and fulfilling active workout lifestyle and is likely to get you out and about actively exercising more often than if you were simply following the one style of workout method. So, bridging two disciplines of different variety for a 90-minute workout, will not only be more fun, it’ll take your training to new heights.
4. Fitness Programs for Older Adults
Catering to the fitness needs of the Baby Boom and older generations, this trend has gained prominence from its 2018’s #9 position. Targeted at the older clientele, this trend may see fitness clubs capitalising on the growing market of older adults who have more discretionary money than their younger counterparts. This emerging trend takes into account that people are living longer, working longer and remaining healthy and active much longer.
5. Body weight training
Now we’re moving away from the gadgets and back to basics with good old-fashioned body weight training. This is a traditionally inexpensive and effective way to exercise. It’s a particular favourite for many as it requires nothing more than your own body weight and some inner fortitude to get a healthy workout. For centuries, people have been using nothing more than their own body weight to pull off some impressive forms of resistance-based training. It’s not a new fitness trend but is in fact a core element of many good workout regimes.
6. Employing Certified Fitness Professionals
This is definitely a fitness trend that’s on the rise now that there are some fantastic third-party accreditations offered by national accrediting organizations. Certified professionals who really know their stuff is exactly what is needed in order to ensure due caution is taken while working out. You may have the tendency to work out too much or too little, or worse still, work out but have poor form. So, not only experienced but certified health and fitness professionals are essential.
It’s great news that one of the up and coming fitness trends for 2019 involves employing certified fitness professionals. This survey item replaced last year’s trend of “educated, certified, and experienced fitness professionals.”
Yoga is essential for a healthy, balanced mind and body scenario. According to the American Psychological Association, Yoga improves mental health and can be instrumental in staving off depression for many sufferers. It comes in an almost infinite variety of forms. Bikram Yoga is one of the more commonly known ones and is conducted in a superheated, humid environment, so much so, that it makes me yearn for air-conditioning at the mere thought of it! Yoga Nedra, Kundalini and Power Yoga are merely a few of the names this ancient exercise format is known by. You can think of it as meditation with movement as its central focus is not only on the movements but also the breath, which requires a kind of Zen focus to achieve. Devoted practitioners of Yoga swear by the physical aspects of improved balance, strength and agility with the additional positive benefits of improved mental acuity and reduced stress.
Since not everyone will have the opportunity to trek to India (where Yoga originated) to find their own guru, there’s plenty of tutorials and books available on every conceivable Yoga form. Not to mention the growing trend in certified practitioners who are available for guidance. It’s one of those types of exercise which seems to constantly reinvent itself which is perhaps why it continues to remain in the top 10 of fitness trends in 2019.
In particular, aerial Yoga seems to have come to the fore as a fun form of physical activity. It’s incredibly good for getting into deep stretching moves and apparently spending time upside down is meant to be very good for relaxation and stress management.
8. Personal training
The Journal of Physiotherapy maintains that physical activity improves strength, balance, and endurance in adults aged 40-65 so you’re never too old to start a healthier lifestyle. Which any Personal Trainer worth their salt will tell you. You can get information on many aspects of physical fitness and health programs from many great sources. Some, like the World Health Organisation, release books with global recommendations on physical activity for health, but realistically a book isn’t going to give you the inside track on how to get and stay fit the way your personal trainer can.
While you may groan and grimace, sweat and swear through a personal training session, there’s no doubting that a Personal Trainer will get more from you than you otherwise might achieve on your own. Most people swear by them, and occasionally at them when they call, “Just one more!”
Physical Fitness Equipment
Sometimes it’s not what we do but what we use that can make all the difference in our workout. Here are some of the more interesting fitness equipment trends:
It’s a new mean fitness machine. It’s a low-impact cardio training option and there’s nothing on the market that’s quite like it. It engages all muscle groups in a natural climbing motion, perfect for those who don’t like the treadmill or bike. It’s sort of like climbing a sheer cliff face so definitely not for the faint-hearted.
NASA scientists have conducted studies which have shown that bouncing on a tram is 68% more effective than jogging, yet requires far less effort! It develops lower and upper body strengths, improves coordination and balance, muscle strength and endurance, as well as cardio and lung capacity. Plus, it’s sensation fun and releases endorphins. Which is why everybody is jumping on board the trampolining craze (pun intended).
The yoga wheel is set to become one of the most popular new fitness equipment trends. It’s designed to help you improve your flexibility through low impact stretches which are suitable for anyone. Made of plastic and matting, it can be adopted by anyone with any level of yoga expertise.
Cryotherapy and Infrared Saunas
Passive recovery methods are another up and coming fitness trend. Cryotherapy is certainly ramping up and it works by surrounding the body with a cold mist for 1-3 minutes. This is a particular favourite of Olympic athletes and models as it decreases cellular metabolism, inflammation, and pain.
Infrared saunas, on the other hand, work by producing steam which provides heat which is then absorbed by the skin’s surface. The infrared rays apparently penetrate skin tissue and heat the body from inside out, burning up to 600 calories in 40 minutes!
With all these great fitness trends, it’s a fantastic time to be engaging in a healthy and active lifestyle. So, however, you see fit to exercise make sure it’s fun as you’re more likely to maintain if you enjoy what you’re doing.