Welcome to 2016! It feels like we are well and truly embedded into January, the Holidays truly behind us, and ahead of us a cold, bleak winter – am I right?
Usually January signifies a renewed enthusiasm for fitness and well-being after the indulgences during December. I believe January is about Setting Yourself Up For Success, and the posts that I will be writing about during January, will all be based around this theme. When I work with my clients, I ask them to look at their long game, I speak about making changes that are going to be strategic to lifelong success. You may have heard the anaology of filling a bucket with rocks, if you move the big rocks first, you can fill the rest of the bucket with sand and pebbles afterwards. In health and fitness this really does work, start with a change that will reward you with improved health, maybe this is drinking 3 litres of water per day, what you will find is that over time this will become part of your daily ritual and then other things will fall into place, the small rocks and pebbles, maybe you chose better meals, start walking more, sleep better. A natural ripple effect occurs.
I was recently asked by Fabletics to give my predictions for 2016 Fitness trends. With over 20 years experience in the fitness industry, I have seen new trends come and go, but which ones will be passing fads and which trends are here to stay? Here are a few of my predictions – let’s check them out.[Tweet “Setting yourself up for success in January with @fitnchips guide to top fitness trends of 2016”]
There used to be a time that the gyms were overrun with new fitness enthusiasts and resolutioners on Jan 1st, determined to start anew in the New Year, these days though fitness enthusiasts are more educated than ever, and realise that you don’t need a gym to stay fit, you can workout at home, with friends, outside, anywhere, with only minimal equipment that produces fantastic results – building on the principals of functional training that is both effective and efficient. A few examples of the ideal at home pieces of equipment are;
DVRT Ultimate Sandbag tops my list as one of the best investments in equipment you will make. Well you know I am completely biased here, as I have used sandbags for nearly 4 years now and am a DVRT Master Instructor, but I really do stand by this system. The owner and creator of the company, Josh Henkin, prides himself on providing the users of the Ultimate Sandbag with a constant stream of useful, evidence-based information and workouts that can be done in as little as 20 mins, that provide ‘real-life’ fitness and strength for people of all walks of life.
TRX is another great ‘minimalist’ fitness tool, folding up small enough that you can pop it in your suitcase on holiday, hang it from a door, tree or play structure, and providing you with the quick, intense and effective workout you need. Other handy tools to keep around the house are kettlebells, dumbbells and sliders. Bodyweight training is also as popular as ever with the fitness crowds – Tabata and HiiT being among the favourites, as these can be done with just YOU as your equipment.
Apps/Devices – Fitness is Tech!
With health and wellness being one the biggest growing industry in 2015, it’s no wonder we are seeing a boom in fitness technology. With wristbands and monitors like Garmin, Microsoft Band and FitBit being everyday jewelry now, we have the ability to monitor everything from our number of steps, stairs and kilometres, to our heart-rate zones and even sleep activity, meaning we can basically track everything we need for optimal health. Apps like the Nike + Training Club and FitStar Personal Trainer mean that at a press of a button your workout can be delivered straight to your phone. The possibilities for apps is endless and I believe this is only the start of big things to come. Technology on our smartphones is empowering, it gets people moving and it creates an online community where we can be accountable with like-minded fitness people with similar goals and interests, all at the press of a button.
We live in a fast-paced world, where it seems that we are constantly rushing around, stressed out at home and work, and then when we exercise we tend to workout at full throttle, resulting in our body being under a constant state of stress. Now whether this stress is good or bad, you do need to manage it, and meditation has been acknowledged as way to make this happen. One thing that has changed, is the perceived image of meditating being the yogi sat in lotus muttering mantras – maybe this isn’t for you. Currently there are many easily accessed options available to help you unwind and clear your mind. Have you seen the awesome array of colouring books available? People are even hosting adult colouring evenings. The slow living movement encourages us to take stock of our days, move and think mindfully and make decisions that are going to be intrinstic to optimal stress levels. This year we will see more ideas on how to meditate in just a few minutes a day and reasons why this will help with our overall health, not just stress levels. On the flip side of more apps being available, we will see people taking digital detoxes, pulling away from their computers and smartphones for deliberate extended periods of time, even going to detox camps to press the reset button and appreciate the world without having a phone in our hands constantly.
A Pelvis is Not Just For Elvis
Maybe you might be thinking, my pelvis has a floor? Who knew!
The fact is that the Pelvic Floor has become the latest muscle to be buzzed around in the fitness industry. For many years women were told to just do kegels if they had issues, yet we know now, that it really isn’t as simple as that. Women of all ages, during and after pregnancy and in menopause, are seeing physical changes that for years have been unspoken about. In fact, many men have pelvic floor issues which are thankfully getting into the spotlight and getting the attention it deserves. More workouts and education will become available and the pelvic floor shyness of the past will stop being so taboo.
What do you think of these predictions? I have more to come over the next couple of weeks so stay tuned, and hopefully you can make January a successful month for you!