Top fitness trends of 2018

The New Year is a great time to start a new fitness routine, or just change up your current one. We’ve rounded up some of the fitness trends you’ll see in 2018.

Yoga: Yoga remains one of the top trends in exercise as it offers both mental and physical benefits. Whole Health includes mental health, too! Yoga appeals to a wide audience and people can choose from both traditional (Power Yoga, Yogalates and Bikram Yoga) yoga, and more unusual forms (Goat Yoga, Beer Yoga, even Naked Yoga).

Exercise for older adults: With an ever increasing life expectancy, older adults are turning to exercise later in life. Baby boomers, those aged 52 to 70, and seniors aged 70 or older, may have to go about it more carefully than others, but there are benefits which include improved mobility and strength.

Seniors can join walking clubs where they can socialize and get fit. Balance classes help prevent falls later in life. Swimming and water aerobics offer effective, low-impact exercise that older adults can enjoy. Functional fitness, below, is great for the older adult, too.

Functional fitness: This form of exercise is about training for life rather than just exercising before an event to fit into that dress or suit. It’s about improving strength and balance to stay in shape all year round.

Functional fitness incorporates exercises that improve balance and coordination, strength and range of motion. They are done on the ground and work several muscle groups at once. Try climbing stairs while doing bicep curls or reaching diagonally with a medicine ball to target multiple muscle groups.

Group exercise: When you browse your gym’s group exercise schedule, you’ll likely notice a lot of group classes, and for good reason. Exercising in a group setting can be motivating and encouraging. You have others to support and even challenge you.

One recent study revealed that those who worked out in a group benefited from lower stress levels and bigger improvements in mental, physical and emotional qualities of life than those who worked out alone.1

PURE’s Rally28 program has a community of like-minded people who together offer support to one another. Participate in the R28 Challenge as an individual or become the Captain of a Rally28 team and earn some fantastic prizes, not to mention feeling great and learning healthier habits. Encourage your team to join you for a class or schedule a power walk together.

Fitness technology: With all the gadgets out there to keep you healthy, it’s no longer necessary to pay for an expensive gym membership. With a smartwatch, a fitness tracker, books, online videos, live-streaming classes, or even fitness apps, it’s more convenient and cheaper than ever to exercise.

Try the 7-Minute Workout Challenge app. This research-based, high-intensity workout program is simple, yet effective. It incorporates 12 exercises that are performed for 30 seconds with 10-second rest intervals.

Exercising with pets: Today it’s easy to find an exercise class that allows your pet to join in on the fun. Dogs especially make great fitness companions. People even exercise with goats!

Leash your Fitness in San Diego, California, brings both you and your dog in a circuit style workout that will train cardio, strength, balance, yoga and dog obedience all in a one-hour workout.

At Fitness with Fido in St. Louis, Missouri, classes focus on different parts of your and your dog’s body, and includes strength and conditioning, yoga, Pilates, cardio and massage.

Virtual reality fitness: If leaving home to exercise isn’t your cup of tea, virtual reality workouts may be for you.

The Omni by Virtuix is a 360° small treadmill connects to a game and allows you to run, pivot, jump and crouch while wearing sneakers that interact with sensors on the treadmill.

 

 

 

1http://jaoa.org/article.aspx?articleid=2661140

2https://www.underarmour.co.uk/en-gb/mens-ua-speedform-gemini-3-record-equipped-running-shoes/1292814.html

Top fitness and wellness trends for 2016

NewFitnessTrends_0116 Just the other day, I was thumbing through my Parks & Recreation catalog looking for a good exercise class to join for the New Year. I’m always ready to try something new, as it keeps me motivated. I was surprised to find so many different kinds of yoga classes — yoga fusion, yo-pi, yoga nidra, even doga (yoga with dogs), my favorite! With options like these, it’s hard to come up with an excuse not to exercise.

Well, fitness never goes out of style, though there are certain fads that come and go. We researched the popular fitness and wellness trends for the New Year. We hope these inspire you to try something new. If you are part of our Fit Club community, you may want to incorporate one or more of these into your routine. Learn more here.

Intense fitness programs. These incorporate eating plans, goal setting and healthy behaviors along with high-intensity fitness. These programs focus on your lifestyle as a way to achieve measurable results, like muscle gain or lost inches.

Meditation. More and more people are meditating together in order to improve their health, focus their mind and just relax and have fun. Gathering for meditation is becoming as commonplace as the beloved happy hour.

Infrared saunas. Sitting in one of these may help promote natural healing. Infrared light has the ability to penetrate human tissue, which in turn may produce anti-aging health benefits. 1

Dandelion coffee. Dandelion coffee is actually a tea that is made out of roasted dandelion root. It tastes and looks like coffee, but is caffeine-free. Many people are replacing their cup of Joe with this healthy alternative. 1

Wearable fitness devices. Digital activity trackers now include belts, bras, shirts, glasses, even jewelry. Learn more: http://www.digitaltrends.com/wearables/fitness-tracking-wearables-ces-2016/

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). Do the words “Tabata,” or “Insanity” mean anything to you? If not, you might want to look into HIIT. These workouts pack a powerful punch in minimal time and involve short bursts of high-intensity activity followed by short periods of rest.3

Adaptogens. There are plants that can help the body adapt to stress and handle it in a healthy way. Adaptogens are drawing more attention of doctor’s who are in their potential to improve issues related to health. Genesis PURE’s Moomiyo Edge, a product in the GPS line, is designed to help support you during rigorous workouts. It combines moomiyo extract, an adaptogen, with an array of other adaptogens such as golden root, reishi, cordyceps and codonopsis to boost your workout performance and help improve recovery time.*

Bodyweight Training. This is always trending, as it’s easy to do just about anywhere. The simple act of walking uses your body weight. You’ve heard of planks, calf raises, lunges, squats, burpees and push-ups … all of which are beneficial forms of bodyweight training.

Functional Fitness uses strength training to improve balance, coordination and endurance to enhance someone’s ability to perform activities he or she may do in daily living.3

Sound bath. This involves lying or sitting in a room with others while the instructor plays various instruments, including the didgeridoo, harmonium, heartbeat drum and Tibetan singing bowls. The resulting sound waves are thought to bring peace, heightened awareness, and relaxation of the mind, body and spirit. 1

So what do you think? Do any of these inspire you to try something new? Is there a trend you know about that we did not mention?

Something else you should consider, if you haven’t already, is Genesis PURE’s Fit Club, an inspiring community of fitness-minded people. Here you’ll discover fitness tips and support, share challenges, and win great prizes. Join Fit Club today by visiting the Genesis PURE Facebook page.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

 

1http://www.foxnews.com/health/2016/01/07/hottest-fitness-trends-2016.html

2http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jill-s-brown/top-fitness-trends-for-20_b_8620856.html