Hottest fitness trends for 2018
With every new year, there comes a hit list of great new ways to keep fit. Because we’re always looking for ways to keep our workouts fresh, we’ve picked out our favourites for 2018 – which will you be trying out?
While HIIT (high-intensity interval training) remains a firm favourite among fitness fanatics, LIIT (low-intensity interval training) is hot on its heels. While HIIT focuses on short bursts of seriously tough exercise, LIIT requires your intensity to be slower, paired with a longer recovery time. E.g. A 90-second sprint followed by a walking recovery of up to five minutes. As it’s less hardcore than HIIT, it’s useful for those who’re new to fitness, and offers plenty of benefits. It’s just as effective as more intense workouts for weight loss
2. Wearable tech
As technology advances, so does our ability to track our fitness and take on sci-fi style workouts. Virtual reality workouts are taking off, with treadmills featuring headsets that take you on scenic routes or immerse you in a new, exciting world – it’s the perfect distraction that’ll help you enjoy your workout for longer.
3. Tracking apps
As we know, working out is only part of staying in shape. That’s why the next generation of diet tracking apps are a very useful addition to our lives. 2018’s apps are a lot like having a personal dietician in your pocket – you can even have your DNA tested, in order to tailor your diet to suit your personal nutrition needs… blimey.
4. Budget burn
We are increasingly strapped for cash as a nation. But that shouldn’t stand between us and a good workout – that’s why value fitness classes and gym memberships remain firm favourites across the country. While six-month contracts used to be the norm, now you can get instant access to gyms with no cancellation period or fee. Seek out park-based boot camps and gyms with free access to classes to get the
5. Yoga bunnies
Yoga remains top of the hit list for calming but toning workouts. If you haven’t jumped on this trend already, try it out as it’s only going to grow through 2018. If you’re looking for a way to relax after work, but get your fix of core-strengthening fitness too, this could be just the thing for you.