In the fitness world, trends come and go. In the past few years, trends such as boot-camps, cross-fit, and dance classes have dominated, but their popularity is waning. With so many changes in technology and a shift in focus from strictly weight loss to being fit, the next year will see many new trends gain momentum. Here are the top three anticipated fitness trends of 2016.
In the past few years, there has been an emergence in fitness-related technology, from FitBits to smart-phone apps to track progress. In fact, technology-related fitness trends are projected to explode in the coming year. Wearable technology is gaining popularity, with gadgets that can track sleep, steps, and calories burned and synch the information right to your electronic devices. There are apps for everything, including workout trackers and apps to remind you to drink water. These types of devices can help people who are not fitness savvy become better educated about their own bodies and what they need to stay in shape.
Streaming technology has also jumped into the fitness scene, bringing convenience to a whole new level. Major home-fitness DVD companies are now offering streaming services, and many health clubs are now offering live-stream classes. These services offer a wide range of options for people to choose from, as well as the ability to workout from home and void gym crowds or classes, for those that are shy. With digital streaming slowly dominating the world of television, it’s no wonder this is quickly gaining momentum.
2. Body-weight training.
This type of exercising is quickly working it’s way up the ranks as a popular method for getting in shape. One of the main reasons people love body weight training is because it’s simple and required no equipment. Also, despite being simple, it’s effective. There are so many different ways to utilize your own body weight for fitness, and you can either do more vigorous circuit training, or low-impact exercises such as yoga. Both can help with weight loss, but can also help you build core strength as well as improve balance and flexibility.
3. High Intensity Interval Training
This form of fitness, known as HIIT, has been popular for several years now, and although it has dropped in ranks, it’s still projected to be a top trend in 2016. These types of programs have flooded the market and dominate fitness related infomercials. This type of exercise involves quick bursts of activities followed by slower ones, and workouts are usually short, around thirty minutes. Although this type of workout has been criticized by some health and fitness professionals for increasing risk of injury, HIIT still remains at the top of the list for fitness trends.