2017 saw the rise of IIFYM, intermittent fasting, and HIIT. But, as the holiday season comes to a close, it’s time to look ahead at new and exciting trends to #FindYourFit in 2018! Here are the top 5 health and fitness trends to keep you motivated as we step into a healthier, more active year:
Live-Streaming Fitness Classes
At-home workout videos have been holding their own on the health + wellness scene over the last 5 years, but 2018 will see a new spike! Rather than pre-recorded DVD’s or choosing from your favorite YouTube channel, you’ll see more people taking advantage of live-streamed versions of their favorite classes. People are protective of their time, so convenience is a huge factor in the popularity spike. Rather than adding 30 minutes to your commute to hit the gym, why not enjoy your workout at home?
Small Group Training
More health + fitness professionals are becoming accredited and there has been a steady rise in the number of students graduating in kinesiology. But, that doesn’t always mean you want to shell out the money for one-on-one sessions. A small group class allows for trained coaching at a more affordable price and allows you to share the session with friends instead of a room full of strangers!
You’ve heard of allergy testing and heritage kits, but DNA testing is hitting the mainstream this year! Not only will it help you understand how you should be eating according to your genes, but it will transform the way you think about fitness in general. Genetic testing tells you more about the way you’re built and how your body works. This information can be used to tailor your diet, type of exercise, and lifestyle to fit your biology. This is great news for those who are looking to make their workouts more efficient than ever!
Smart devices are everywhere, and they’re only getting smarter as we enter the new year! While they can’t do the work for you, they can help you track and reach your measurable goals with feedback, helpful reminders, and motivation. Gyms and certain fitness classes are even incorporating features such as calories burned and heart rate into their sessions. They will show your real-time performance next to others in the class so you have the motivation to push yourself even harder during the workout!
As fitness and health professionals place more of a focus on metabolism, it only makes sense that consumers are looking for ways to make their metabolism work in their favor. Intermittent fasting involves going back and forth between fasting and eating windows to encourage weight loss or weight maintenance. While it has taken off with celebrities and fitness professionals this year, always make sure to consult with your doctor and nutritionist before attempting any dramatic dietary change.
Which health and fitness trends are you looking forward to seeing in 2018? Tell us in the comments!