8 Emerging Fitness Trends to Keep an Eye Out for This Year
July 18th, 2017 by Brian Zinkel
A new year means a fresh start. And just because it is July, doesn’t mean there isn’t time for you to reach those fitness goals of yours! Remember, a fresh start can happen at any time of the year, you just have to have the right motivation and equipment. Luckily, you can get all the materials you need by attending a health and wellness fitness expo, as each and every year you can expect to see brand new fitness trends being demoed and tried out at multiple health and fitness expos around the country.
However, one of the best things about wellness expos is that there are so many to choose from! This means that you are able to pinpoint exactly what you want to focus on and then go from there — for example, if you would like to focus on healthy eating habits, there will be health expos just for you. The same goes for cardio expos, dieting and nutrition expos, and personal training expos.
Here we have compiled a list of the biggest health and wellness trends of 2017 to keep an eye out for when you are wading through the sea of booths at your next health and wellness expo.
The rise of no equipment workouts
These easy-to-learn workouts only involve your body weight and focus on making you stronger at your core. They are incredibly versatile, can be done from anywhere, and are a great way for beginners to exercise to get fit! Some examples include yoga, pilates, and zumba. Getting fit has never been easier, livelier, or more cost-effective.
Enhanced wearable technology
We have all heard of the Fitbit and the Jawbone fitness devices, and it is a pretty common thing to see anyone and everyone wearing one of these rubber bracelets. This trend isn’t going anywhere because this year you can expect to see updated wearable technology. Devices now include anything from enhanced heart rate monitors and GPS route tracking to automated reminders to get up and move. What’s even better is that these wearables are more accurate than ever, making them a great option for those looking to be more mindful about their fitness.
An emphasis on group training
Ever feel like you get a better workout when you are in a group setting? You’re not the only one, and this trend will continue to thrive in 2017. These classes can be exceptionally versatile as they come in a variety of activities and skill levels for anyone itching to work out, whether they’re a novice jogger or a seasoned marathon runner. You may be familiar with SoulCycle and CrossFit as a form of group training, but there are different classes with different styles of working out emerging every single day! If interested, head on over to a fitness expo as you may be able to grab a sneak peak of exactly what the class entails by trying out equipment and speaking to instructors.
An introduction to meditation
Meditation is slowly but surely emerging as a wonderful mental exercise that can be incorporated into any kind of workout. Those who do yoga may already be familiar with meditation and the benefits that come with it, such as reducing stress, improving concentration, increasing happiness, and emphasizing wellness. Fitness instructors have recently taken this trend to heart and are incorporating it in their classes as a way to build a healthy lifestyle from the inside out. So it is safe to say you can expect meditation to inch its way into all different kinds of classes.
A growth of functional fitness
Some people simply want to get fit so it will help them with their everyday life — such as being strong enough to move furniture unaided or hike a steep trail with friends. This is where functional training can come in handy as it gives the person strength and agility where it counts the most. You can expect to work on specific areas for strength training and to slowly build up your cardio resistance. This trend works best when aided by wearable technology, as the goal is to make the individual more conscious of the healthier alternatives they can take advantage of in their daily life.
Working out in the workplace
It is no secret that many Americans are chained to their desks for the majority of the day, so more and more fitness gurus are trying to come up with a way to incorporate health and wellness in the workplace. And it is working, as plenty of business owners are introducing on-site fitness classes like yoga, providing treadmills, and even adding standing desks to their offices. If you don’t have the ability to do this at your office, don’t worry, as there are plenty of little ways you can get active during the work day, you just need to go to a health and fitness expo to get some inspiration!
Exercising with your phone
Nowadays, it seems that there is an app for everything and anything, and this goes for fitness as well. Smartphone apps won’t be going anywhere in 2017, in fact they are getting bigger and better as we speak! The best part about them is that they are completely customizable to your health care plan; there are apps out there for healthy meal planning, measuring distance walked, leading you through meditation, and documenting weight loss. These apps are usually free and provide the user access to viable fitness information at any time of the day, making it great for those with busy schedules.
Hitting the HIIT circuit
Standing for high intensity interval training, HIIT was developed as a great way to burn the most calories and fat in the smallest amount of time. A HIIT circuit alternates between incredibly high intensity and low intensity workouts as a way to build up your strength and endurance. An example of this type of exercise is sprinting at your fastest pace for 30 seconds, then jogging for 60 seconds. Doing so ensures your heart rate is consistently raised, meaning your metabolism will be working in overdrive, which leads to burning more calories in seemingly no time at all. HIIT has taken the world of fitness expos by storm, simply because of its fast results and even faster workout times.
Versatility and flexibility are two trends that anyone can expect to see on display this year in health and wellness expos all across the nation. If you are interested in learning more about fitness trends and how they can be incorporated into your daily life with ease, do not hesitate to go to your first health and wellness expo to experience it first hand, we’ll guarantee you’ll catch the fitness bug in no time and all. So what trend are you the most excited to try? Try them all out for yourself and let us know the results!