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2017 was the year that saw the rise in some weird and wacky fitness trends, with Aussies flocking to try goat yoga, mermaiding and hydro riding; so, if you consider yourself more of a traditionalist when it comes to how you keep fit, 2018 might be your year to shine.
Each year, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) predicts the top fitness trends and if they’re correct, a few classics will be making a comeback.
Consider yourself trendy? Here’s what you should be doing in 2018 to keep fit.
HIIT is a form of interval training in which you combine intense bursts of exercise with short periods of recovery. Generally these sessions last less than 30 minutes and the aim is to get your heart rate up and maximise the amount of fat you burn.
Pick an activity like jogging or boxing, then set your timer for 3 minutes of work & 2 minutes rest!
We spoke with celebrity health coach and co-founder of recipe and workout platform Voome.com.au, Amelia Phillips about some of the benefits of HIIT.
“The beauty of HIIT is that it’s so adaptable; any fitness level can do it, including beginners (with a modified version of course), and it works for most workout types: from strength training to fitness, to weight loss.
It’s also one of the most time efficient ways to move, which is perfect in this time-poor world. It means that a 20-min session CAN get you great results. HIIT’s variety of formats means it’s also fun, uplifting and really fires you up!
The flow of the workout means you get ample rest breaks, so it’s not as mentally taxing as longer workouts. And it certainly gets those exercise happy endorphins pumping. I suggest opting for work intervals of 30 seconds to four minutes for beginner to moderate fitness levels, with 30 sec to two min rest.
Try this: Pick a reasonably challenging activity (jogging, skipping, boxing, rowing, etc). Set your timer for three minutes of work, with two minutes rest. That’s a five minute interval. Repeat four times (20min). Have fun!"
Group training is pretty self-explanatory – it’s all about training as a group with an instructor leading you all along! Although it’s been a staple in the fitness industry for years, the benefits of group training are inescapable.
Exercise physiologist, sports nutritionist and triathlete Shawn Dolan writes that some of the advantages of group training include social and motivational benefits.
“Some of the benefits include exposure to a social and fun environment, a safe and effectively designed workout, a consistent exercise schedule, an accountability factor for participating in exercise, and a workout that requires no prior exercise knowledge or experience.”
Technology has become engrained in almost every aspect of our lives – and it’s no different when it comes to keeping fit. Forbes lists smart clothing as one of the big trends in wearables.
Google and Levi’s have partnered to create the Jacquard range which includes the Levi’s Commuter Trucker Jacket aimed at cyclists. This futuristic jacket will allow bikers to control their mobile (including their apps and music) directly through their jacket – so there’s no need to try and wrangle your phone from your lycra tights or pocket. You can answer calls, get directions and swipe to skip songs without disturbing your ride.
Whether you use your wearables for convenience or to enhance your workout, measure your heart rate or track your steps, this tech will only continue to rise in popularity as devices become smarter and more affordable.
Body-weight training involves using your own body-weight to provide resistance when exercising – making it a great option for people who might not have access to equipment. A training session could involve things like pushing, squatting, pulling, bending, twisting and balancing and it can help with your coordination, flexibility and strength.
Strength training is all about using heavier weights or resistance to build strength, anaerobic endurance and muscle mass.
Many women still believe the old wives’ tale that lifting weights will cause them to ‘bulk up’, however, strength training is a great option to tone, burn fat and speed up your metabolism – so ladies, it’s time to get lifting!
At nib, we believe that keeping fit and healthy all year round is how it should be, so we offer a number of Extras covers with benefits for gym memberships and personal training. Getting a quote is simple and only takes a few minutes.