It’s hard to believe it, but 2019 is just around the corner! Each new year is a clean slate; a chance to create and achieve new fitness goals. 2019 is going to be an amazing year for fitness enthusiasts, offering innovative ways to increase activity and fresh new twists on your favorite exercises. Here are the top 6 fitness trends to look for in 2019, guaranteed to liven up any fitness routine and help you achieve your New Year’s resolutions!
HIIT (high-intensity interval training) will continue to grow in popularity in 2019. This type of training, which involves short bursts of vigorous activity followed by brief rest periods, is an excellent way to simultaneously build strength and promote weight loss. HIIT workouts are short and effective and are also great boredom busters. While HIIT cycling and HIIT boot camp classes are already a gym staple, 2019 will usher in a new wave of HIIT fusion classes, primarily combining HIIT with flexibility-based modalities. Some popular innovations include HIIT Pilates and HIIT yoga.
You’re likely to see more 30-minute workouts on your gym’s schedule next year. Gym-goers are flocking to these classes in search of a quick challenge. Fortunately, science confirms the effectiveness of shorter workouts, proving that 30 minutes of high-intensity exercise can be as effective as longer bouts of moderate-intensity training. While many boutique studios are already capitalizing on this trend, expect to see larger gyms offering a variety of shorter classes in 2019.
Working Out at Work
Employers know that a healthy staff is vital to profitability. Healthy employees are more productive, creative, and less likely to take sick days. To promote employee wellness, many companies already offer incentives, including discounts on gym memberships and smoking cessation resources. We’ll see even more employee wellness initiatives in 2019, including personalized health coaching, group fitness classes, and exercise spaces for workers. A great example of this evolution is the opening of Rise by We, a fitness studio located in WeWork, a premier co-working space in Manhattan.
In 2019, mental and physical wellness will collide. With hectic schedules, social pressures, and global issues, it’s no wonder a majority of the population needs a mental health boost. Thanks to technology, we can promote spirit, mind, and body wellness easier than ever. Mindfulness apps, such as Buddhify and Calm, continue to grow in popularity. Mindfulness technology has also merged with fitness technology. Nike and the mindfulness app Headspace now offer guided runs that include motivational cues. We expect mindfulness and fitness to continue its courtship in the new year.
Genetic testing is more prevalent than ever, and now fitness enthusiasts can discover how their genes affect their physical health and results in the gym. Genetic testing can provide useful data, including your metabolic rate, your ability to lose body fat in response to exercise, and which type of training is best for your body. Genomic testing will continue an upward trend in 2019, as companies like Pathway Genomics and FitnessGenes permeate the market.
Fitness technology remains at the forefront of 2019’s fitness trends. Wearable activity trackers will continue to evolve, and personal trainers will provide more online training to their clients, with apps like Trainerize and Aaptiv. The popularity of on-demand and streaming training will also continue to rise, with large and small gyms, alike, offering more online services.
Virtual Health Partners and the VHPGO app are at the cutting-edge of fitness technology. We offer unparalleled access to live classes, on-demand training, and personalized guidance. VHP will continue to evolve and provide the latest fitness technology to its clients in 2019.