Charlotte Grainger

Top fitness trends of 2019, according to experts

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Whether you’re a fitness-loving fiend or simply somebody trying to boost their health and wellness, it could be time for a change. Hitting the gym and doing the same, old routines day in, day out can be a bore. Why not shake things up? This year promises some interesting changes, according to a recent report on the Worldwide Survey Of Fitness Trends For 2019. Here are some of the highlights that you absolutely need to hear about.

Wearable Technology

From step trackers to heart rate monitors, wearable sports tech is set to be the number one fitness trend of the year, according to the survey. This type of technology has come a long, long way since it first launched, with improved accuracy and more features than ever before. If you’ve yet to give it a whirl for yourself, it could be time to try it right now.

Needless to say, when choosing any type of wearable technology, it pays to do your research. There’s a gulf of difference between the leading brands, which means that you may want to read the reviews and find out the finer details ahead of time. Shop away!

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High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

Have you tried High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) yet? The training style made this year’s list of trends and it’s clear to see why. This type of exercise regime involves short bursts of high-intensity exercise followed by a quick resting period. For example, you might run at top speed on the treadmill for a few minutes and then slow down for a 30-second break. And then repeat.


Aside from being a super fast way to burn fat, HIIT could also make you feel better than ever before. Recent research suggests that this type of exercise promotes the release of endorphins in your brain, which ultimately leads to you feeling blissfully happy. The experts theorised that this burst of hormones helps to keep people motivated.

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Mobile Exercise Apps

In the modern world, our smartphone is so much more than a phone – it’s a supercomputer that can do just about anything. It should come as no surprise that using mobile exercise apps is one of the latest trends in fitness. Since there are so many different sports apps out there, you may not know where to start. Here are three excellent examples to get you started:  

  • MapMyRun

If you’re an avid runner or want to give it a try, you mustn’t miss out on this handy little app. MapMyRun is so much more than merely a tracker app; it’s a digital community where you can share your struggles, goals, and experiences.  

  • Couch to 5K

Of course, if you’re entirely new to the world of running, you might not want to dive in headfirst. Couch to 5K is a nine-week course that teaches you the art of running whether you’re a complete newcomer or otherwise. There are helpful audio tracks – narrated by celebrity hosts – to motivate you to get up and get out.  

  • Pocket Yoga

Starting out as a new yogi can be tricky. You may not be certain how to get poses right or where to start. That’s where Pocket Yoga comes into the equation. The app will help you learn the basics while also allowing you to keep track of your fitness levels as you go.

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Yoga

Another chart-topper on the list of this year’s trends is an activity with which we’re all familiar. Part exercise, part meditation, yoga is a major hit with the younger and older generation alike. When you’ve mastered the basics of the yoga practice, you could take the chance to kick things up a notch. Nowadays, there are many different variations that you can try too including Power Yoga, Yogilates and Hot Yoga.

If, like most of us, you lead a seriously busy life, taking a moment to simply breathe and relax could be vital. Having some time to yourself is a huge part of self-care. Whether that means meditating alone in your room or joining a yoga class to learn a new skill, it’s important that you allocate time to unwind and take a much-needed step back.

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Functional Fitness Training

Getting fit doesn’t just have to be about improving your health – it can also be about improve your everyday life. That’s exactly the underlying ethos of functional fitness training. The practice involves engaging in exercises that will improve your balance, coordination and strength. The basic idea is that by boosting these areas of your fitness, you can make your daily life that little bit easier than it is now.

While this type of regime works well for older adults or those who are undergoing rehabilitation after an accident, anybody out there can give it a go. Typical exercises include deadlifts, pull-ups and squats among other strength-building moves. Tailoring your fitness routine so that it directly benefits your lifestyle can only be a positive step forward.

Conclusion

As we move deeper into 2019, it’s the ideal time to try something new and redefine your fitness style. That may mean investing in wearable technology, trying out some new apps, or even joining a yoga class. Staying ahead of the trend means that you can boost your health and wellbeing while being completely en vogue. What could be better than that?