It seems that it was only yesterday when everybody was celebrating the year of 2018—but now, we are already in the middle of finishing the year. Time really flew too fast, there were things that remained the same but there were also those that changed. And speaking of permanence and consistency, when we talk about fitness trends, it is only fitting and proper that we do not only settle for those with what we have; rather we also need to look forward to what is going to happen. And what is going to happen should excite us, body and mind, because they bring us greetings of good health and a long and lasting life. This is what you should know about the biggest fitness trends of 2019 and the necessary actions that need to be done in its timeliness and relevance.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
According to an annual survey done by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) published in its Health & Fitness Journal, it is very true that trends in fitness come and go annually. This means that while there are workout exercises that may prove to be helpful and beneficial, these so-called passing trends have unfortunately not reached the standards of the majority. What will you be reading will not be absolutely new to you since they might already be currently existing for the reason that we are only halfway through the year, and there might be discoveries sooner than what will be written here. Therefore, this list is a list of possible biggest fitness trends in the upcoming year of 2019, which was firsthand identified by organizations like the American Council on Exercise and the National Council on Strength and Fitness. Furthermore, there is also a clear distinction between a trend and a fad as defined by ACSM. Accordingly, a trend was defined as having more lasting power than a fad, which is typically met with more enthusiasm but lasts for a shorter amount of time. Given that, this is what you should bear in mind—the biggest trends you will probably see for yourself the year after this.
HIGH-INTENSITY INTERVAL TRAINING. There will always going to be sweat and lots of sweat for the upcoming year, for those determined enough to achieve their desired look. And thus according to the abovementioned ACSM, High-Intensity Interval Training might just be in it to win it. As defined, a high-intensity interval training (HIIT) session usually only lasts 30 minutes or less but requires short bursts of high-intensity exercise followed by a slower-paced recovery period. For example, you might sprint as hard as you can for 15 to 30 seconds and then walk for 45 to 60 seconds. You would just alternate between the two for a set amount of time. There is a good reason why fitness enthusiasts could not just get enough of it: the workouts are really time efficient and absolutely effective if you are looking to fry fat, research suggests. See? It is not a totally new fitness workout but it will surely rock 2019 for sure.
GROUP TRAINING. Since fitness classes have been here for years, the upcoming year would be wholly different since according to ACSM, group training as a workout of five or more people led by an instructor, will have endless possibilities such as boot camps, boxing, cycling, and rowing. However strenuous these activities might be, they are created to allow fitness enthusiasts to be knowledgeable and motivated enough to reach their goals in fitness. Why will this particular exercise be sure to make it to the list? Simply because we exist for relationships. The reason why it is called a group training is that you need to sign up for one with a friend because working out with a friend can really be able to push you to exercise harder and longer since you have someone to encourage you and build you up.
WEARABLE TECHNOLOGY. It is highly expected that the year 2019 will be a year full of technologically advanced devices, most especially suitable for fitness enthusiasts. And if you are one, you would really be most familiar with what we call as wearable technologies which include activity trackers, smartwatches, heart rate monitors, GPS tracking devices, and smart eyeglasses. These devices will not only monitor your tangible progress but that they will also check and balance your physical stability.
FUNCTIONAL FITNESS. This is certainly a new word coinage so to speak and that you might not have heard of it. According to ACSM, “Functional fitness is defined as using strength training to improve balance, coordination, force, power, and endurance to enhance someone’s ability to perform activities of daily living.” What do we mean to say is that just by doing what you think are the ordinary chores might turn out to actually be necessary for your own physical improvement. These things like purely lifting up the groceries, or walking up the stairs, and moving furniture around are common examples of functional fitness. Moreover, the deadlift, for example, is a functional exercise because you use your entire body—your arms, legs, and core—when you are picking something up, like a heavy moving box. Why will this be present in the incoming year? ACSM comments that it is because of its ability to replicate the movements you perform in daily life, so that way, you will feel strong outside of the gym, too.
These possible fitness trends are only mere prediction since what we are experiencing is also currently being experienced by lots of people around the globe. The point is that nothing is new under the sun—it is just that mankind found a way to make sure our lives get easier by replicating what needs to be replicated and changing what needs to be replaced towards achieving the desired outcome. These are not totally new, but they will surely last in the upcoming year, and a year after the next and so on.