The year might be halfway through, but that doesn’t mean we have to fall into a repetitive cycle until our New Year’s Resolutions inspire us to change. As increased knowledge does, fitness continues to revamp what we know and expect of our bodies with each new shared discovery. More than just trends, these insights help to make exercise a more efficient and convenient process for all.
Like all things in time, treadmills are making their way back in 2019. One study saw an 82% increase in classes taken that involved treadmills from 2017 to 2018. As the workouts transform from merely stepping on the treadmill and running to combinations of entire body workouts, this trend’s popularity is expected to continue to climb (pun not intended). Expect gyms and streaming classes to follow suit.
There has long been an accepted concept of working out for more extended periods. However, as we learn more about exercise and the body, we’ve learned that shorter workouts can be just as beneficial, as well as more convenient for modern gym-goers. One study found that gym users were 33% more likely in 2018 to book a class that was under 45 minutes than they were in 2017.
High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
Going hand-in-hand with shorter workouts, HIIT has gained popularity over the last several years. HIIT workouts have been proven to offer the quickest results by boosting the heart rate quickly and keeping it increased throughout the entirety of the exercise, resulting in a shorter duration of activity required.
Wearable tech isn’t only changing exercise; it is also changing how we sleep. Sleep is crucial for all bodily functions, and getting the best workout possible is no exception. Personal trainers agree that sleep patterns impact fine motor control and metabolic function, making it near impossible to meet any performance or weight loss goals when sleep deprived.
Whether it be gadgets or workout machines, the future of fitness is high tech. While this trend has already established change– think Reebok’s new space technology sports bra– what we currently know of wearable tech will be nothing to future creations. Expert technology and user data collection are being analyzed to help users achieve better exercise results without increasing effort. For example, EMS, or Electrical Muscle Stimulation, suits have been designed to cut workout time in half while still providing the same results.