Top Predictions for 2018 Fitness Trends. Last year saw it all, kombucha-based cocktails (fermented tea to you and I), protein-packed insect snacks and commuters on scooters. There’s no doubt more, and more of us are starting to lead healthier and balanced lifestyles, take the popularity of Veganuary this month for example.
So what does 2018 have up its sleeve?
2018 Fitness Trends: 1. Boxing
The boxing trend that swept the nation in 2016/2017 will be evolving in 2018 with a progression of interest in combat sports leading to a rise in classes specializing in martial arts, kickboxing, and Muay Thai.
These fast-paced, intense workouts engage the whole body while improving cardiovascular health, stamina and building lean muscle mass.
2018 Fitness Trends: 2. Slacklining
While it might look simple, comprising of a tightrope elevated just a few inches off the ground, holding your balance on a slackline is no easy feat.
This workout engages the core and can be done nearly anywhere, making it the perfect park exercise.
2018 Fitness Trends: 3. New recovery rules
Any trainer worth their salt will tell you that recovery is just as significant when training as the workout itself.
That’s why this year will see the focus shift to advanced recovery plans, such as targeting the fascia – a connective tissue made mostly from collagen which wraps around the muscles, ligaments, and organs in our bodies to control mobility.
Keeping vital muscles and tissue, such as the fascia, in excellent condition reduces injury risk and heightens muscle mobility, enabling you to perform better, for longer.
We will soon be seeing a rise in the use of advanced recovery techniques usually reserved for athletes.
Gyms will also be introducing recovery based classes and workouts, which focus on stretching, releasing and mobilizing your joints and muscles.
2018 Fitness Trends: 4. DNA fitness testing
Contrary to popular belief, science is now proving that nobody is, or ever was, bound to their genes.
Through DNA fitness testing, fitness goers can check in on their microbiome activity and tailor fitness regimes and nutrition plan to optimise healthy living while continually re-programming their genetic identity.
2018 Fitness Trends: 5. Serotonin-boosting foods
We’ll soon be checking food labels for serotonin-boosting ingredients, such as tryptophan which is found in bananas, walnuts, salmon and green tea.
Great for emotional stability, calmness, good sleep and a general state of wellbeing, serotonin is known as the “happy hormone.”
2018 Fitness Trends: 6. Infused waters
While mint, lemon, ginger and coconut waters have been around for a while and their benefits widely-known, as a community of wellness-warriors we’re always on the hunt for more.
This year, infused waters are stepping up a gear with innovative new products on the market such as alkaline water, plant water, cascara-infused water and electrolyte-enhanced water.
2018 Fitness Trends: 7. Booch is the new booze
Dry January will kick-start the shift from alcohol to booch, as we incorporate Kombucha into our daily diets.
This fermented drink is a power player when it comes to gut health, helping you to maintain a healthy immune system thanks to its high levels of probiotics and antioxidants which kill harmful bacteria.
2018 Fitness Trends: 8. Plant-based diets
Plant-based diets are more popular than ever before and with reports of brighter skin, lower blood pressure and improved energy levels, it’s no wonder.
This is a fascinating time for healthy food and the wellness world in general as we see more and more plant-based brands enter the market to meet huge customer demand.
2018 Fitness Trends: 9. Sound healing
The ancient tool is said to use rhythm and frequency to shift our brainwaves into a state of perfect balance.
The practice involves listening to percussive instruments such as gongs or tuning forks, which can place you into a meditative state – moving us from a normal waking state of consciousness (beta) to our relaxed awareness (alpha) and even delta (sleep) where internal healing naturally occurs.
2018 Fitness Trends: 10. Scientific gamification health tracking
As technology advancements race ahead, we’re able to monitor ourselves more easily and conveniently in today’s acceleration society.
Plus, who’s got the time to keep up with our hectic lives anyway? Well, there’s an app for that, and Nike+ is just one of them.
Although there’s a vast array of fitness and health tracking apps already out on the market, we’re noticing a steady incline in more science-based applications – especially those that enable an element of gamification to challenge your mates.
2018 Fitness Trends: 11. Mainstream meditation
Meditation and mindfulness are buzzwords for 2018.
Yogis have been practicing meditation for millennia, but the rest of us are just starting to catch on.
Apps like headspace have helped to make meditation mainstream, and we’re beginning to reap the benefits as a nation.
In 2018, we’re going to see meditation classes, studios and events cropping up and spreading across the world as the practice becomes more mainstream.
2018 Fitness Trends: 12. Beyond Athleisure
Athleisure clothing bridges the gaps between functional, comfortable and work-appropriate clothing.
In 2018 we’re expecting a revolution.
2018 Fitness Trends: 13. Plant-based beauty
Brands are embracing plant power when it comes to beauty products and treatments; from avocados for your face (not just your toast) in the form of avocado oils to apple cider vinegar toners to hemp body creams and turmeric natural skin glow, these are the new superfoods for the skin.
2018 Fitness Trends: 14. Mental health
Mental health awareness has recently exploded. It’s no longer a sign of weakness, but of bravery. With chief executives recently opening up about their mental health, the workplace is increasingly becoming a judgment-free space.
So much so, various companies are awakening to its vast prevalence and are looking for solutions to keep their staff healthy in mind and body.
There’s no doubt 2018 will see an increase in corporate business mental health therapy programmes to aid today’s overwhelming levels of stress, anxiety, and depression.
2018 Fitness Trends: 15. Health-conscious traveling
Our eyes are being opened to the health-conscious travel experiences that the world has to offer; from Shinrin Yoki (forest bathing) in Japan to a traditional Vipassana (silent retreat) in India.
Hotels around the globe are waking up to this growing market of healthy travelers, and offering experiences to appeal to them.
2018 Fitness Trends: 16. World food healing spices
Our exposure to various cultures and traditions has padded out our knowledge bank and usage of healthy food spices.
That’s why adaptogenic herbs and spices such as turmeric are taking off. Beyond food flavoring, these food additions are great for decreasing inflammation, improving gut health and restoring mental health.
2018 Fitness Trends: 17. Happy hikers
A significant travel trend for 2018 is going to be back-to-basics fitness, in the form of hiking – a fantastic workout that also provides mental benefits.
Surrounded by nature has been proven to reduce stress and increase positive mood. And the best bit is… anyone can do it.
I hope you found this article helpful and as always I look forward to your comments, questions and the sharing of ideas.
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