Technology is transforming the world of health and fitness for the benefit of all and making it easier than ever before to get fit and stay in shape.
Activity trackers, fitness bands and health apps were all big in 2017 and helped millions of people across the world achieve their goals.
It’s pretty obvious that technology will be one of the biggest fitness trends of the upcoming year, but what other trends can we expect to see taking the world by storm in 2018?
High Intensity Interval Training
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) has been around for the past few years but really started to pick up steam in 2017 and a number of health and fitness influencers predict HIIT will continue to rise in popularity over the course of 2018.
It consists of quick bursts of exercise followed by short and sometimes active recovery periods, so it’d be wise to pick up a sports watch like the Garmin Fenix 5 so you can accurately track workout length and intensity.
Wearable technologies such as the aforementioned activity trackers dominated 2017 but will be slightly less popular this year due to a renewed interest in fitness apps.
Almost everyone has a smartphone and the majority of fitness apps are easy-to-use and free to download, hence their popularity.
Fitness apps can already monitor a variety of metrics including heart rate, BMI and stress levels, so expect them to become more comprehensive in their features over the coming months.
They can be used with most smartphones and many activity trackers and sport watches, including the mighty Samsung Gear Sport.
Unsurprisingly, some people yearn for a workout not so dependent on technology and we should see an uptick this year in group classes using minimal equipment and a focus on simple exercises such as lunges, planks and push-ups.