It’s a new year, which means a fresh start, to be the new healthy version of you. You tell yourself this year is the year you’re going to start being dedicated with your workouts. Now the question becomes where do you start? The awareness for the importance of implementing health and fitness into our everyday lives has grown significantly over the years, through mainstream media and celebrities always promoting a new transforming fitness product. There are so many new fads and trends popping up every couple of months it sometimes hard to keep up with all of them. Here are six fitness trends you should know about in 2017.
Wearable tech has been growing in popularity at a rapid pace. In 2015 roughly 39.5 million U.S adults used wearable devices including fitness trackers and smart watches. In a separate report it’s estimated by 2018 there will be approximately 81.7 million adults using wearable tech.
With the Apple Watch, and Fitbit still leading the race in the industry, wearable tech is an industry we will only see become more sophisticated and expensive as time goes on. With that being said, it’s a trend that is going to continue to grow in popularity in 2017.
As people, we love the idea of having what we desire at our convenience. With workout apps like ClassPass, MyFitnessPal, Helthee, and Couch to 5k it has made it much easier for people to start or maintain their healthy lifestyle. In just a few clicks we have the ability to track and store all our of statistics, find the top fitness classes around you, and even get fitness professionals delivered to our doorstep in as little as 1 hour.
Mobile apps have become the perfect assistant for fitness, weight-loss, and health because they don’t leave us. Staying healthy is something that needs to be done through building good daily habits and making lifestyle changes, and now you have an extra helping hand right from your phone.
Yoga has grown tremendously in popularity over the last 5 years, growing into now a multi-billion dollar industry. In 2017, I think you will see more people jumping on the yoga bandwagon. Yoga’s feel good sentiment has spread like wildfire and according to a Forbes article, there were 36.7 million yoga practitioners in 2016 and that number is expected to grow throughout 2017. With easy access to yoga straight from your phone or computer screen, this trend will continue to thrive in 2017 and years to come.
Personal training is a trend we’ve seen constantly over the years. Certified personal trainers generally provide individual sessions for fitness seekers looking for a more customized and personal experience. One thing that is changing the industry is a growing number of professionals are taking more formal education routes in exercise science and kinesiology, which in turn has increased the quality of trainers that are out there. Finding top-quality personal trainers is simply only a few clicks away, which makes me believe we will see more people taking advantage of this leisure in 2017.
High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
A lot of us are finding it hard to fit exercising into our daily schedules, so it’s obvious that high-intensity interval training (HIIT) would be considered a trend for this upcoming year. Rather then a long workout at a moderate pace, HIIT is more geared towards higher intensity for shorter durations. Ultimately, this means that you’ll burn more calories in a 25–35 HIIT minute workout than you would in a 60–90 minute moderate workout. With time becoming such a scarcity for people, we will continue to see HIIT workouts becoming more and more popular for fitness seekers.
We’re taking it back to basics with this one. Bodyweight training is 2017’s top hidden exercise trend and here’s why. It requires no gym membership or fancy equipment, which makes it attractive and cost effective. Bodyweight training is known to increase lean muscle mass, and it’s a great transition into strength training. With so many different variations of bodyweight workouts surfacing, we will start to see this become more of a popular trend in 2017.
After covering all of these fitness trends, I think one thing is pretty clear, fitness trends are always changing and there’s always going to be something new and fresh popping up. Do your best this New Year to do something that will improve your overall health and wellness. Fitness comes in a wide variety of options, and as long as your doing a little something everyday that’s active you’re improving your quality of life and you’ll be happier for it.