Exercise is changing and the way we train to become or stay fit is changing along with it. Returning home from a workout feeling like you are unable to raise your hands or press the gas on the vehicle are a thing of the past. Continue reading to see what is trending this year as it relates to fitness.
#1 High-Tech Fitness.
Technology has infiltrated pretty much every aspect of daily life, and fitness is no different. In 2019, expect technology and user data collection to become more precise, helping you achieve even better results – without increasing effort.
#2 Active Travel.
It’s definitely nice to unwind poolside, but 2019 is all about active travel. Exploring new locations and new workouts at the same time has a lot of appeal. Wanderlusting for a fitness and wellness holiday abroad? Peruse offerings from global wellness travel companies.
#3 Fusion Rowing.
Participation in group rowing has ramped up this year. The appeal is in large part thanks to rowing’s full body workout at a lower impact. In 2019, we’ll see more combo classes that pair group rowing with various fitness formats, like Pilates.
#4 Cortisol-Conscious Workouts.
High-intensity interval training (HIIT) has been a fitness trend forever. However the pendulum is swinging back to lower intensities with the buzz about HIIT’s gentler cousins LIIT (low-intensity interval training) and HILIT (high intensity low impact training).
#5 Socially Conscious Activewear.
Vancouver-based Daub + Design creates their activewear garments in small batches to avoid excess stock in landfills, using non-toxic dyes and re-using water. Canadian brand RYU, which stands for Respect Your Universe, operates on the concept of respect for oneself, others and the environment. For sneakers that support an active lifestyle and socially conscious mindset, look to Vessi Footwear from Vancouver. Their waterproof kicks are vegan-friendly.
#6 Mental Fitness.
With more people seeking out spaces to recharge and practice mindfulness, meditation studios are becoming more popular. A 2011 Harvard study showed that after 27 minutes of mindfulness exercises each day for eight weeks, participants had increased grey-matter density in their hippocampus and in structures associated with self-awareness, compassion and introspection.