Health and Fitness Trends for the Autumn
After the summer holidays, we know that many of us are keen to try out new ideas to maintain or improve our overall fitness and health.
So, let’s take a look to see what is trending for the autumn.
The dear old treadmill is making a comeback!
For the last year or so, there have been plenty of ‘alternative’ fitness regimes – HIIT (High intensity interval Training) or STOMP (formerly Step) for example. But there is news that the treadmill is calling us back.
Treadmills have been a part of the studio landscape for many years – usually used for a basic warm-up. More recently however they are being used as the headline act in their own right, with treadmill-centric studios and classes with new ways for interaction: Peloton’s treadmill for example, offers virtual running ‘classes’ which are increasing in popularity and Equinox offers Precision Running programmes. Then there are workout apps like Aaptiv which offer audio coaching during your runs, to help you hone and improve your form and speed.
HIIT classes with a difference…
Look out for fitness studios that have created HIIT hybrid classes—like CorePower Yoga (a Colorado-born studio chain that devised yoga-HIIT classes). Also Life Time Fitness has launched a HIIT yoga class called Fire Yoga too.
There’s also F45, an Aussie phenomenon taking the UK by storm. It bridges the gap between one-on-one personal training sessions and fitness classes with its high-intensity circuits. Every F45 studio in the world runs the exact same 45-minute class each day, which alternate between HIIT-style cardio, strength training, or a no-nonsense hybrid mixture of the two.
Hurrah – Shorter Workouts!
Good news, everyone! A recent report by a company called ‘ClassPass’ shows that more of us are inclined to book classes that are 45 minutes or less. (Let’s face it, who has time to spend hours in the gym anymore?).
Probably the main reason for shorter workouts is that we now know that they can be just as effective at transforming the body as longer workouts. In fact, shorter, high intensity workouts (like HIIT) have been proven to offer the quickest results. In addition to that, taking less time out of your busy day is more appealing and means you’re less likely to skip a class.
Workouts AND Work
There is also a trend in the fitness world for gyms to offer space to work after your fitness session. For example, BLOK London, have created a space where you can sit down, have a coffee and get on with some work right after your workout. It is also seems to be happening the other way round too as more and more work spaces are incorporating fitness into their offerings.
New York-based cycling sensation ‘Peloton’ is a billion pound fitness company that’s taking the indoor cycling world by storm with high-tech, £1500 at-home spinning bikes.
Each Peloton bike is equipped with a 22-inch HD sweat-proof touchscreen which lets you tune in and experience 14 daily live and 8000+ on-demand classes, without even having to leave your house (no excuses now!).
If you think you might slack off a bit without an instructor, don’t worry! Most people think the same thing, but actually the trainers are so enthusiastic their energy is catching. Also, the session has been recorded in a room of people who are also working out, so not only are your energy levels up but you also (sort of) feel like you’re at the gym anyway!
If you like the idea of a UK-based company, then take a look at ‘Fiit’- branded as ‘Boutique studio fitness in your living room’. Fiit is an interactive online platform offering consumers nationwide exclusive access to train with Britain’s top personal trainers.
The platform enables exercise-goers to choose from a variety of specialist classes such as HIIT , strength training or combat yoga(!!) all taught by fitness instructors, via a mobile application that connects to the TV. Clients also wear a Fiit Device (basically a strap worn across the chest) to track performance factors such as heart rate, calories, reps and personal bests. This also allows clients to compete against themselves and others around the world.
As the media and health specialists constantly bombard us with what supplements, multivitamins and protein shakes we’re meant to be taking on a daily basis it can be hard to keep up especially as often we are left with very conflicting advice, even from the ‘experts’.
If you find you can’t keep track of it all then you could try a health app like ‘Healthspan’. This is an app that assesses your diet and delivers personalised recommendations about what supplements you should be taking. Essentially it does all the hard work of monitoring your food and drink intake so you don’t have to.
Similar apps such as ‘MyFitnessPal’ and ‘Lose It’ ask users to simply input their diet into the app so it can track their activity. This isn’t about counting calories though – it is much more the bigger picture of monitoring your nutrition for optimal health.
Still popular is linking up with a ‘FitBit’ or activity tracker (for example Strava and the Apple Health app) whereby users fill in data about themselves, input what they’re eating, press a button and the app will formulate a bespoke supplement report.
Whether you need more calcium, protein, electrolytes or thiamine in your diet, the app will deliver recommendations and how much to take depending on how active your lifestyle is.
So there are plenty of ideas out there to get you inspired and motivated for the rest of this year and beyond. Whatever works for you, go for it! And good luck with your training!
A final PS. Why not start now instead of in the New Year 2020.
According to statistics by the Fitness Industry Association, around 12% of gym members sign up in January and have quit after 24 weeks. So, don’t let that be you!