It’s a pretty well accepted fact these days that fitness is the new trend. It feels like people are talking about it, posting about, and sharing about it every moment of every day.
Whether it’s about their new diet plan, meal prep, or workout, people just can’t get enough of fitness.
With the New Year, the fitness trend that seems to only have intensified.
With people making resolutions and trying to turn their lives around and get healthier, it seems like the love of fitness is growing and growing.
And with this new influx of focus on fitness comes a whole set of fitness trends.
Check out below to see the hottest fitness trends of 2016.
1. Wearable Tech
There’s nothing extremely new about wearable technology, especially since it’s become such a huge thing in the past couple of years.
However, with more and more companies jumping on the fitness tech bandwagon, there will be a new insurgence of wearable technology this year.
This trend can mean anything from watches, like the Fitbit and Apple Watch, to tracking and monitoring devices.
All in all, this trend will give people the opportunity to get extremely accurate information about their body and exercise, as well as offer simple ways for this information to be shared.
Also known as high-intensity interval training, HIIT is going to be one of the most popular workout options this year.
The reason for HIITs rise to fame is because it has so much support from professionals who say that this type of training is the best for creating muscle and burning fat, which is the best way to lose weight.
HIIT consists of a few minutes of extreme activity, followed by another few minutes of lower intensity activity, or rest.
Many times, these bursts and rests will happen multiple times throughout the workout, pushing the body before allowing it a little while to recover.
3. Focus on Strength
There was a lot of talk near the end of 2015 about how losing weight wasn’t as important as getting strong and healthy.
This amazing sentiment isn’t just better for the bodies of those who are trying to get fit, it’s also going to be a huge trend in 2016.
Muscle is great for losing weight because it burns more fat and calories, all while protecting bones and existing muscle mass.
Another great thing about gaining strength is that workouts that involve strength training can be added on to any exercise program with little to no hassle.
4. Bodyweight Training
For those who don’t know, bodyweight training involves strength exercises, but without all the hassle of the equipment.
For example, instead of lifting weight, bodyweight training would involve doing pushups.
This trend is going to be huge in 2016 because it’s a cheap, but efficient, way to get in some good strength training without the hassle of going to the gym or the expense of buying your own weights.
One of the most popular examples of bodyweight training is actually quite old-school. Circuit training is seeing a resurgence in popularity.
Because it’s something people can do in their garages or driveways, with little to no equipment and on their own schedules.
5. Fitness Education
No names will be named, but this year a certain workout program caught a lot of heat for the lack of training it gave its gym owners.
These under-educated ‘professionals’ ended up harming more of their customers than they helped. As a result, injuries, some irreversible, became more and more frequent in the gyms.
Thankfully, the problems of 2015 will result in lessons learned in 2016.
More and more people are taking it into their own hands to make sure that the fitness and diet programs that they’re taking part in are, in fact, healthy and helpful.
Whether it’s reaching out to professionals or actually speaking with a doctor, there has been an amazing increase in people who aren’t falling for fitness schemes this year.
6. Personal Trainers
The problem that most people have with fitness is that they don’t have the time or motivation to take it into their own hands.
This results in one gym visit a month and a salad every couple weeks. However, 2016 will see a rise in personal trainers.
These professionals don’t just work themselves into the schedules of their clients, they also handle every single aspect of health and weight loss.
They get their clients on the perfect diet for their lifestyle. They also hold their clients accountable for their exercise routines. Thus, making sure they’re pushing themselves and actually working towards their goals.
7. Fitness Programs for Everyone
It seems like the majority of fitness programs are aimed at those in their 20s and 30s, with all other age groups having to make do or find a way to make these programs work for them.
However, 2016 will see an increase in fitness programs for every age group.
Not only are there going to be more and more programs for senior citizens, but children and teenagers will be able to find programs that help them stay active and healthy.
One of the best things about this trend is that it confirms that people are realizing that fitness isn’t just about losing weight and looking sexy. It’s about being healthy.
Not diets, but nutrition. Just like people are becoming more skeptical about ‘professional’ fitness instructors, people are also trying to figure out better options for their nutrition.
More and more people in 2015 turned to veganism to get healthy. Veganism is cutting out any animal based products from a diet.
There has also been an increase in those going paleo or, the less extreme option, vegetarian.
More and more people are adding smoothies and fresh juices to their diets to get all the nutrients they need.
And, another huge trend, people are being more wary of what supplements they take.
A lot of information came out in 2015 about the ineffectiveness and even the danger of some supplements. So people are starting to do their research and choosing their supplements wisely.