Health & Fitness Trends That Have Stood the Test of Time – Should You Follow Them?
While personal trainers may have their own approach to training and dieticians or nutritionists might have their preferred methods to eating clean, there are a number of health and fitness trends that have developed into highly effective training methods and solutions to achieving a healthier diet.
The problem is that, sometimes, it’s difficult to spot a genuinely effective trend amongst all the fly-by-night fads that quickly disappear.
To help you sort the wheat from the chaff, we’ve taken a look at some of the most popular health and fitness trends for 2018 (according to ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal) and have picked out some of the more useful, tried and tested trends for you.
1. HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training)
High-intensity interval training (abbreviated to HIIT) involves short bursts of intense activity broken up by even shorter periods of rest, designed to get the pulse racing.
Research suggests that HIIT is the best training method for fast and effective weight loss. It’s ideal for anyone looking for a cardio-based workout they can do anytime and anywhere, as this type of training can be done at home with little or no equipment.
2. Bodyweight Training
One of the latest fitness trends, this type of workout uses your own bodyweight as a form of resistance training. Depending on your goals (such as toning muscle), it can have a far greater effect than many of the machines you find in gyms, and is another form of exercise that you can do anytime, anywhere.
3. Wearables – Fitness and Activity Trackers
Fitness and activity trackers such as Fitbit have been designed to monitor steps, heart rate, daily activity, sleep and overall levels of fitness. Heart rate monitors in particular are useful in establishing how hard you work in a session; and each smart watch or activity tracker can be tailored for the individual to help you hit your targets.
The NHS recommend that you should attempt to walk around 10,000 steps each day in order to stay fit, and wearable technology has the ability to inspire wearers to push towards their daily targets and to go the extra mile (almost literally).
Yoga isn’t new but it is certainly one of 2018’s most popular health and fitness trends. There is next to no equipment required, and the movements can help to cleanse the mind, body and soul.
By improving your overall health and mobility, you can also enhance other areas of your health and fitness, such as the condition of your heart.
5. High-Protein Diets and Meal Prepping
Protein powder is increasingly used in everyday recipes including pancakes, cookies and porridge oats. It is recommended that adults should consume 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight each day, but many look to protein supplements and powders to take on more.
High-protein meals and snacks utilise the various flavoured protein powders to provide tasty and nutritious alternatives to standard ingredients. They can also be a huge help when it comes to meal prepping, ensuring that you get the right amount of nutrients each day.
You can find out more about meal prepping in our guide here.
6. Group Training
Predicted by the ACSM to be one of this year’s most popular fitness trends, group training is the perfect way to get yourself and your friends motivated.
It follows a holistic approach to training in 2017, whereby mental and emotional wellbeing was paramount, and group training takes this one step further with the added benefits of fun with friends and creating a friendly, yet challenging, environment to train in.
7. Late-Night Fitness Sessions
We lead increasingly busy lives, and fitting in time to go to the gym is difficult.
The increasing number of 24/7 gyms has provided a solution, with many of us choosing to exercise in what can be referred to as “unsociable hours”. This means that people can go before work, during their lunch breaks, after work or even in the early hours of the morning if you’re so inclined!
Should I follow these health and fitness trends, or do my own thing?
The most important thing when it comes to health and fitness is to enjoy what you’re doing.
While you may have the aim of losing weight, eating healthier or growing muscle mass; you’re more likely to succeed if you have fun while doing it.
Group training is perfect if you’re slightly apprehensive about going to the gym on your own, and you can spur each other on to hit your targets.
High intensity interval training might sound, look and feel difficult (and trust us, it is!), but having come through a few sessions you’ll start to reap the rewards physically and mentally – you may even enjoy it!
Many health and fitness trends come and go, but if your motivation remains a constant, then you’ll succeed!