While there’s no right way to get sweaty, there’s no doubt that fitness trends can influence how people exercise. Below are the top 5 fitness trends to be aware of in 2018 and what they’re all about.

1. HIGH-INTENSITY INTERVAL TRAINING

HIIT is already well known amongst gym-goers the world over, but it’s going to become even more popular over the next 12 months. These training sessions involve short bursts (20-90 secs) of maximum-effort, intense exercises that work multiple muscle groups, followed by a period of low-intensity recovery. HIIT workouts typically last 30 minutes or less due to the high levels of effort required. As good as these workouts are for burning fat, it’s not advised to do them every day as this can lead to overtraining and increased risk of injury.

2. GROUP TRAINING

The popularity of group training is rising rapidly. The definition of a group training session is a workout comprised of five or more people led by an instructor. They are designed to be motivational and effective for people of varying fitness levels. Aside from the obvious physical benefits, there is also a social aspect which lures people to group training. Motivation can be tough and having a group of people to keep those positivity levels high is a huge help.

3. PILATES!

Well, we may be slightly biased. But, the growing attendance to Pilates classes cannot be ignored! We have absolutely no doubt that Pilates will be a permanent fixture on this list for years to come!

4. FITNESS PROGRAMS FOR THE OLDER GENERATION

There market for fitness programs tailored to older adults is growing rapidly. After all, staying active is imperative for maintaining bone and muscle mass with age, in addition to overall health benefits. In 2018, there may be more specific classes and fitness programs designed for retired people looking to make fitness a priority. They can’t spend all of their time on the golf course!

5. WEARABLE TECHNOLOGY

Activity trackers, smart watches, and heart rate monitors are as popular as ever. If you like seeing your workouts by numbers, wearable technology can give you interesting feedback about how you move. Many estimate your steps, sleep, standing time, calories burned, and time spent working out. Heart rate monitors in particular can also give you helpful information about how hard you’re actually working during exercise, which can be useful if you set yourself specific targets or body goals.

Trends are always changing – but exercise and fitness are ever present. Regardless of the reasons, it’s important that we focus on staying active!

Written for ZH Pilates by Sam Dennis.