Every year the health and fitness world gets a new toy or two. In 2015 spiralizers and avocado toast became some of the most Instagrammed-about healthy trends, whilst functional fitness and HIIT training seemed to be the way all the cool kids were getting ripped. So what fit trends will there be in 2016 that we need to get on board with?
The American College of Sports Medicine has done the research to find out what trends this year will bring. It’s also worth noting that a trend is classified as a genuine development to the field, whereas a fad is simply a fashion that won’t last. Stay away from the fads people, even if Kim K is doing it.
Wearable tech is about to get big. This fast-growing industry is predicted to be big business next year. Think fitness trackers, smart watches, heart rate monitors, and GPS tracking devices, download all the apps and see how the stats can motivate you.
HIIT. Sorry guys, we know it hurts but it’s over and done with much quicker than a slog around the park. Luke Copeland, trainer at Speedflex explains why it’s worth the pain: ‘HIIT boosts fat loss, through an after-burn effect, so after your HIIT session you'll burn more calories at rest from fat this can last for over 24 hours. HIIT will also increase your threshold for training, which means you'll be able to maintain a higher intensity during your workout.’
Living room workouts, kind of. It’s all about body weight training so the good news is; you can do it anywhere. No excuses. Clint Kelly, Personal Trainer at SIX3NINE Personal Training explains why it’s good for you: ‘Bodyweight training is suitable for any level of exerciser, even total beginners. Combining bodyweight training with HIIT programmes like tabatas (20 seconds of max activity followed by 10 seconds rest for 8 rounds) is especially useful for time conscious people looking for fat loss.’ We’ve been told.
Strength, strength, strength. We already knew this really, but strength training remains on the up. Good news for power thighs ladies.
Having a PT will be all the rage. This is good news for personal trainers and your technique, but slightly more worrying for the bank balance. If you think of it as an investment in your health however, it’s worth your while. Kelly says: ‘Personal trainers are more than just motivators and someone to tell you what to do. The number one reason to have a personal trainer is education. Choose correctly and they can educate you on the fundamentals of exercise, health and fitness. This person can radically change your relationship with exercise, food and wellbeing for the rest of your life.’
The great outdoors. We love this one - any excuse for country getaway. Think social, fun activities in the great outdoors, as long as you’re moving your body, you’re winning.
And the ones to stay away from?
With every good idea, there are some umm wacky ones too. Don’t be fooled by something that sounds like science, but is in fact an extreme or seemingly unhealthy approach. Here are some of the odd ones that Kelly warns us to stay away from.
‘There is no magic pill, no secret of the stars, no special diet, nothing that excludes a certain food that is secretly making you fat, that will change your life. Food and sleep have a bigger impact on your body than exercise ever hopes to. When chasing a fat loss goal, you need to burn more than you put in. sounds simple but it works.’
Online trainers and nutritionist
Unfortunately ‘nutritionist’ isn’t a protected term. It’s like calling yourself a toothiologist if you know about teeth. Be wary of the emergence of new budget online training systems that don’t have a proven history of success and individualisation.