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January 25, 2019
While we eat, sleep, and breathe fitness year-round, we understand that the start of the year is arguably the most popular when it comes to fitness. That means this is the perfect time to evaluate some of the hottest trends in the industry, particularly those that we think are worth embracing. (On the other hand, there are many that deserve to be left behind, and we’ll cover those in an upcoming newsletter.)
Morning routines. While we all have some degree of a morning routine already in place, dialing yours in can have an enormous impact on the rest of your day. On one hand, a solid morning routine puts you in the driver’s seat, giving you some control before the chaos of the day takes over. On the other hand, routines build momentum, which is especially important on those days when inspiration and motivation are fleeting. There’s no one-size-fits-all morning routine, but some of the most successful people include things like gratitude, prayer, meditation, exercise, writing, and cold therapy to name a few.
Meditation and mindfulness. While it may seem a little woo-woo, meditation helps us tune into our bodies and our feelings. In addition to the positive effects on the mind, meditation has also been shown to help with pain reduction, support the immune system, increase blood flow, and reduce stress. Mindfulness is the simple act of being present, or better said, “paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.” In other words, being present and being aware—of yourself, your thoughts and feelings, your surroundings, and such.
Intermittent fasting. This dietary approach—which restricts when you eat but not necessarily what or how much—has gained increasing popularity in recent years. It seems to be not only effective for weight loss but also for metabolic health, heart health, circadian rhythms, gut health, and longevity. Intermittent fasting—which can involve fasting one, two, or three times a week or simply restricting the amount of time you eat each day—also helps put you in the driver’s seat of your appetite and food choices.
Wearable fitness technology. As wearables get more and more popular, the technology gets more and more sophisticated and accurate. Wearable tech includes smart watches, heart rate monitors, and fitness trackers to name a few. They count steps, track heart rate, calculate heart rate variability, track calories, and monitor sleep among other exciting metrics. Be careful; it can be easy to get wrapped up in all the data. Understand what you’re tracking, know how to interpret it, and don’t ignore the most important feedback of all—what your body’s telling you.
Group fitness. According to a survey conducted by the American College of Sports Medicine, group fitness is the second most popular fitness trend in 2019 (trailing only wearable fitness technology). Overall, we find this really exciting, as the accountability, camaraderie, and competition found in a lively, energetic atmosphere can help set you up for great results. Group fitness also satisfies our primal need for community, which many of us are missing desperately. Keep in mind that not all group fitness classes will be a good fit, and some can be dangerous.
HIIT. High-intensity interval training (HIIT) continues to be a mainstay on the annual list of fitness trends. And it makes sense. After all, the number one reason people give for not working out is lack of time, and HIIT, which is both highly efficient and equally effective, squashes that excuse. You can get the benefits (perhaps even greater results) with 15 - 20 minutes of intense effort as you could laboring for 60 minutes or so doing slow-go cardio. Be wary that HIIT is becoming a marketing term, and many are touting HIIT-like benefits for all different types of programs.
Body weight training. Another fitness trend that we’re excited to see is body weight training. This popular type of exercise eliminates at least two additional barriers to exercise since you don’t need any special or expensive equipment and it can be done anywhere. As an added bonus, body weight workouts are usually centered on functional movements that we need to be able to perform daily, including squats, pullups, lunges, planks, pushups, and more.
Now, these seven points we just listed are great and I encourage you to use them as a guide.
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