|The start of a new year inspires an endless list of resolutions that often includes living a healthier lifestyle. With that comes working out more, which can be especially hard when it’s freezing outside. It’s also easy to grow bored of performing the same workout routine every day, thus lowering motivation and interest levels even more.
If you’re feeling this way, we totally understand. Instead of giving up on your healthy living goals altogether, refresh your routine and get motivated again with these fabulous fitness trends for the new year:
According to the Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2018 from the American College of Sports Medicine, high-intensity interval training will be the most popular trend in fitness this year. These quick, intense bursts of exercise followed by short rest periods are great for busy schedules, and usually last for less than 30 minutes. With such intensity, Women’s Health recommended doing these workouts no more than four times week.
Despite the high-ranking ACSM survey, other fitness gurus predicted there might be a shift to low-intensity interval training. You’ll burn the same number of calories with LIIT training, but it will take much longer to complete. The routine still involves intervals, but they’re far less intense than HIIT training. LIIT can be a great way for beginners to work their way up to more rigorous workouts. Similarly, this low-impact, high-intensity workout from POPSUGAR fitness will get you started on the right foot.
Having fun with exercise
There’s a new focus on working out in ways that combine fitness with play. This includes your favorite recreational activities, such as hiking, running and biking. The idea is to get your heart pumping while still enjoying the activity. When you blend fitness and play, you’re likely to feel more motivated and excited to take on the task. For inspiration, Livestrong named the five best outdoor sports that double as recreational fitness activities: cross-country skiing, backpacking, running, cycling and swimming.
The fun doesn’t stop there. Turns out your pet could motivate you to workout, too. Certified personal trainer Trinity S. Perkins told Brit + Co that she expects exercising with animals to be a growing trend in 2018. Get started with this home workout you can do with your dog from Shape magazine.
Get moving together
The ACSM survey predicted group training will be the second biggest fitness trend of the new year. These programs are designed to meet varying fitness levels and foster encouraging environments that help participants keep improving. Studies show that exercising with friends brings a beneficial social element to working out. Research published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association showed that participants who exercised in a group experienced lower stress levels and more significant improvements in mental, physical and emotional well-being, when compared to those who worked out alone. You can even make fitness part of your family’s routine to encourage physical activity without sacrificing quality time together.
Track your progress
Technology won’t stop improving in 2018, so stay up-to-date on the newest fitness devices. Wearable technology, including fitness trackers, smart watches, heart rate monitors and GPS tracking devices, was third on ACSM’s list of fitness trends. Fitness apps go hand-in-hand with these devices, and they’ll continue to offer affordable ways to find great workout ideas and fitness tips.
Other top trends from ACSM’s worldwide survey included:
- People will get back to the basics with simple body weight training.
- Strength training will remain an important part of a complete exercise program.
- People will seek out educated, experienced and certified fitness professionals.
- The yoga craze will not end!
- There will be a growing emphasis on functional fitness in older adults.
Water never goes out of style
The most important component of living a healthy lifestyle is drinking enough water every day. Especially if you’re exercising more, make sure you have a fitness water bottle with you so you can drink on the go and during your workouts.
No matter how you find your motivation, you’ve got this. Good luck!