Excercise is no longer optional as its benefits have been well-researched and documented. Times are changing, though, and in this era, workouts have taken a different shape. A weekly subscription to your local gym is not enough, nor is regulating your workouts to a specific time of the day. Gadgets, do-it-yourself (DIY) equipment, and mindfulness all go hand-in-hand when you exercise in our modern world. With the evolving mindset and expanding research in the fitness arena, workout trends of this year have hit a new high and so, without further ado, let’s take a peek at the hottest exercise trends of 2019.
- Group Training
If you wish for customized training sessions, it is recommended to get a personal trainer. A personal trainer is someone who could coach you exclusively based on your physical constitution and medical history, chalking up a plan suitable solely to your exercise needs. However, hiring a personal trainer is expensive for a longer (or lifelong) duration.
Do you still want to get fit without following a generalized workout routine and spending a fortune? Sign up for group training sessions. Such training requires a professional to handle a group of 5 people or more with similar workout objectives. These sessions are not only affordable but also more fun as you get to bond with like-minded people while shaping up. Research shows that group fitness sessions can significantly enhance the quality of life.
- Dance Sessions
2019 is all about exercising and having fun at the same time. You do not have to be a professional dancer to join a dance workout session. What better way to achieve this goal than going to the latest dance-workout sessions such as Zumba, Pole Fitness, or Fusion Dance? Dancing not only helps you shed those extra pounds but also boosts your creativity. If you are too shy to dance in public, there’s always dance-workout games on Xbox or Wii so you can shake it in the comfort of your living room.
- High-Intensity Interval Training (HII)
While HIIT has been around for a while, it has become more relevant now as people are strapped for time. HIIT relieves you from this time-related excuse of not exercising. It involves vigorous exercise sessions that last for short durations (about 15 to 30 minutes) followed by short periods of complete rest. The process lets your heart-rate increase significantly during the workout session which helps burn extra calories.
- Strength Training with Bodyweight
Dumbbells and weight plates are great for strength training, but the 2019 exercise trends indicate that they are not essential for you to build muscle. Strength training is crucial for longer, healthier life. Instead of waiting for the weights and machines to be available at your gym, try using your body weight within the walls of your home.
When training with bodyweight, know that there is more to it than simple planks and push-ups. If you still need some equipment to support your body, consider purchasing a TRX suspension trainer and pull up some YouTube videos to help learn new moves.
- Mind and Body Marathons
Marathon running is an exceptional yet simple way to stay fit. Fitness experts in this era suggest, however, to add stress reduction and mental balance to physical exercise. Can you combine the two? The latest trends suggest that you absolutely can.
Wellness retreats now focus on marathon programs combined with mindfulness, typically along a path deep into nature, where participants get to breathe fresh air during their run while taking in the surroundings in their entirety. The result of mindful running? A healthier and calmer you.
You do not always have to spend a fortune and get such an experience in a wellness center, though. Once you learn how to be mindful while running, even jogging at your local park can be a stress-reducing exercise.
- Wearable Devices and Other Technology
Smartwatches, fitness trackers, heart-rate monitors, tech-infused clothing, you name the technology and it is here in 2019. Studies show that these gadgets are reliable tools for monitoring and prevention and with rapid advances in the connectivity of these devices to social media, these trends are here to stay.
Novel devices like massage guns are also the rage now, being some of the newest ways to strengthen our muscles. Other technological advances boosting your exercise regimen include virtual classes, streaming workouts, and online sessions that let you join a session from anywhere in the world.
Yoga may be ancient, but it is not going anywhere. Research has strengthened its positive influence over the mind and the body to such an extent that fitness experts are now combining this century-old fitness technique with other exercise options. As 2019 proceeds, you are likely to see more of Power Yoga due to the rise in HIIT. Other forms of yoga such as Fire Yoga and Yogilates (a combination of yoga and pilates) have also begun to take center stage in many wellness centers.
- All-Day Fitness
Life is busy and you cannot stop working to focus on your exercise regimen. Well, you do not have to. In 2019, more and more people are incorporating exercise into their all-day routine. Working out is no longer about spending an hour at the gym early in the morning and sitting out the rest of the day. An all-day fitness protocol ensures you keep moving around whether you are at home, at work, dropping off your kids, or engaged in recreational activities.
A simple workday could include one HIIT session in the morning, taking quick walk breaks during your working hours, and returning home and engaging in another HIIT session. Moving around is key as research shows that a sedentary lifestyle is associated with various chronic illnesses.
Take Your Pick
Exercise is for everyone and with new trends, working out not only becomes necessary but is also cool. With a multitude of exercise options available now, it is easy to choose one that works for you and is also fun. And now, it’s not just about the body, as exercise trends in 2019 focus on cognitive and overall health through holistic sessions. Mix and match different types of exercises to avoid boredom and choose group activities for a healthier social life.
Erika Long loves corgis, curry and comedy. Always searching for the next great snuggle, flavor or laugh, she inspires people to live their best life now. When not writing, Erika can be found at her local brewery dominating Harry Potter trivia night.