Fitness should never really be seen as a trend, but more of an essential building block for a healthy lifestyle. Nevertheless there are certain trends that come and go. As we find ourselves approaching 2015, we’re noticing more of a progression towards technology-driven workouts, including workout apps, wearable technology and fitness aids designed to fuel our passion for exercise once again.
Below, we’ve collected some of the biggest predicted trends for fitness in 2015.
The trend towards HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) does not show signs of tiring with many finding it one of the most effective and efficient ways of exercising. This is because HIIT focuses on raising your metabolic rate, helping you to burn fat more quickly by working hard for a brief period, resting, and then repeating.
There are certain programmes (such as Insanity!) which take HIIT to another level, by increasing the intensity and length of the workouts with a shorter rest period in-between.
Perhaps some of the more tech-savvy amongst you will already be aware of the wearable technology trend, with devices such as the Jawbone, Fitbit, and Nike Fuelband that you can wear on your wrist to keep track of your activities, heart rate and even your diet.
Often these devices are combined with apps on your mobile phone, which then help you to work towards your goals and even share them with friends on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.
Short workout apps
With so many of us now working around busy schedules, time is of the utmost importance, which is why there is an obvious trend towards workouts that are shorter and more effective – in 2015 it’s all about the efficiency of the workout.
This is particularly true with workout apps such as the 7-Minute Workout, and Workout Trainer. Of course, you can also find some exercise programs on many fitness websites now, which brings us to our third big trend of 2015.
Online workouts and fitness challenges that get viewers participating and competing at home also seem to be growing bigger than ever. Many more are opting to stream workout videos from home via YouTube or iTunes, allowing them to conveniently get fit without all the fuss of having to go to the gym.
A lot of online workout videos are also free, which is good if you don’t have the time to attend a gym, and it allows you to find particular styles classes that you especially enjoy.
Because so many of us are now opting for high intensity workouts and particularly tough online challenges, sometimes injuries can occur, which has led to a recent rise in ‘recovery’ or ‘self care’ programs such as Self Myofascial Release (SMR) and Restorative Yoga.
Sometimes, just destressing from a hard day at work is the order of the day, and these classes which use massage balls and foam rollers can leave you feeling wonderfully relaxed and once again prepared for everything the world has to throw at you.