Health And Fitness Trends 2018

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As the Holidays approach, it’s time to start planning ahead for the inevitable January rush to lose weight and return to a healthy lifestyle. The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has just completed their annual survey of 4,000 plus health and fitness professionals and identified health and fitness trends to watch for in 2018. Here are the top six trends:

 

  1. High Intensity Interval Training – Once again, HIIT tops the list of fitness trends. Rather than spending hours on the treadmill or stationary bike, why not burn an equal number of calories in a fifteen to twenty minute intense workout by alternating short periods of “all out” intense effort followed by short periods of active recovery – then repeat.

 

  1. Group Training And Classes – The ideal approach to fitness includes a Coach or Personal Trainer, but may not be an affordable option for you. A group class allows for trained and knowledgeable coaching at a more affordable price. Look for a class that is adaptable to multiple fitness levels and a certified and motivating instructor. Consider boot camps or similar fitness classes, spin classes, boxing or kickboxing, plyometrics or MMA.

 

  1. Fitness Trackers – Smart devices, heart rate monitors, fitness trackers and similar “wearables” are all the rage. They can help you identify, track and reach your measurable goals while providing feedback and motivation. Most have the capability to track your steps, distance, and calories burned and advanced models monitor your heart rate, recovery and even the effectiveness and quality of your sleep.

 

  1. Bodyweight Training – It is possible to achieve fitness using only your bodyweight and little or no equipment. Strength, balance and flexibility can be improved at home, in the gym or the local park with the right combination of exercises. Include these top five bodyweight movements: push ups, bodyweight squats, lunges, planks and pull ups.

 

  1. Age Appropriate Training – Exercise improves the quality of life, regardless of age. Muscles that are not used will grow weak and waste away, as will bone strength and density. As the population ages, it’s important to provide age appropriate fitness programs to maintain strength and flexibility for those over 50 and beyond. These programs also improve balance and prevent falls and injury.

 

  1. Functional Fitness – Fitness should compliment our daily lives and activities, functional fitness programs are designed to do just that. Exercise should make life easier and improve your ability to climb stairs, carry groceries and transfer them to your car, sit and stand from your chair, bed or vehicle, climb a ladder or mow the lawn. Functional fitness trains your muscles to work together to perform daily tasks by simulating common movements you might do at home, at work or in sports and improving strength, balance and endurance.