If you’ve resolved to get healthy this year, here are five new fitness trends that’ll keep you interested long after January’s over.
Ok, we know – getting fit in January is a massive cliché. Gyms across the country are full of people in box-fresh trainers looking a bit wobbly on the elliptical machines, and every pilates class within a 10-mile radius is booked up for weeks. The whole ‘New Year, New You’ thing has taken over, and it can be a bit overwhelming.
With that in mind, we’ve rounded up five fitness trends for 2016 that will last longer than your average resolution. Here are the ways we’ll be sweating out over the next 12 months…
These days, you can’t just jump on a treadmill and hope for the best – getting fit is all about tracking your progress, understanding what works for you and seeing those results in real time. There are loads of fitness gadgets out there – helping you monitor everything from your heart rate to your sleeping pattern – but we recommend starting simple with the Jawbone UP2, which covers all the basics.
If you think lifting weights is just for tanned men with massive necks, think again. Strength training helps, well, strengthen your muscles – it’s great for building upper body strength, getting power into your legs and generally feeling better, fitter and stronger. And if you’re working towards weight loss, it boosts your metabolism, too.
HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training)
HIIT is like aerobics… but about a million times more intense (as the name suggests). In the course of one session, you’ll do short bursts of exercise followed by less-intensive ‘recovery’ moves – think stair climbing, jumping jacks, push-ups and sit-ups, all done at warp speed. Exhausting but very effective.
Committing to regular workouts is tricky and when your schedule is jam-packed, just getting to the gym is part of the problem. That’s why in 2016, we’ll all be streaming our workouts via YouTube, apps or subscription services – all you need is a bit of floor space and you’re good to go! We love Yoga With Adriene, Daily Burn and Barre3.
Indoor cycling sounds like a ridiculous concept for a fitness class – who wants to pay to ride a bike inside when you can do it outside for free? – but it was a huge trend in 2015, and it looks set to continue. The key to successful indoor cycling is to choose a fun class with a great instructor – in London, BOOM Cycle classes combine a high-intensity workout with the atmosphere of a night out. You ride in total darkness, with music pumping out and an energetic (but not annoying) instructor to motivate you through the session.