Start the New Year with 2017’s top fitness trends


After a whirlwind 2016, the New Year is here. Now is the time to sit down and consider new goals, plan how you’ll achieve them and come up with ways to stay motivated.

Now that we’ve officially hit 2017, I thought I’d bring you the low-down on all the latest worldwide fitness trends – start the year with a bang by incorporating some of these things into your workout regime.

Some of you may have been lucky enough to find the number one fitness trend tucked away inside your Christmas stocking or beneath the tree.

For the second year in a row, activity trackers such as the Apple iWatch®, Garmin Vivosmart, FitBit Charge 2 and Misfit Ray have topped the list.  According to Forbes, the industry will hit $14 billion in 2017 and by 2020 will be worth $34 billion. Following wearable technology on the list of top trends was bodyweight and high-intensity interval training (HIIT).

Bodyweight training is popular all over Waikato and is an ideal quick training fix for those with busy schedules. It’s an inexpensive and accessible form of exercise that enables people to get active by simply using their bodyweight and a little creativity.

Think bodyweight squats, walking lunges, chin-ups, pushups, burpees, glute bridges… the list goes on. Bootcamps can be a great place to get ideas and to learn proper technique, and personal trainers and other exercise professionals can assess your needs and write personalised bodyweight programmes as well.

Coming in at number three on the list of top trends is HIIT, which involves exercising for short periods of time at a high intensity followed by short rests. Sessions are generally kept quite short and can range from 20 – 30 minutes.  

HIIT is offered in a range of gyms all over Hamilton so if you’re not sure how it works, head along to a HIIT session at your local gym or book  an appointment with your personal trainer. Once you’re familiar with it you’ll be able to bust out 30 minute sessions in no time.

Working with educated, certified and experienced fitness professionals came in at number four on the list of top 20 fitness trends in 2017.

Do you want undivided attention and knowledge during exercise sessions? The role of clinical exercise physiologists is to understand anatomy and physiology, the human body, and how to adjust exercises according to your individual situation.

For the first time ever, Exercise is Medicine© came in at number seven in the list of worldwide fitness trends. Although it doesn’t feature at the top of the list, I’ve mentioned it as it’s close to my heart and in my field of expertise.

 ‘Exercise is Medicine’ is a global movement which encourages healthcare providers to prescribe exercise as an option for treating various diseases. Research indicates that physical activity in the right dose can manage, prevent and treat numerous chronic diseases, including psychiatric, neurological, metabolic, cardiovascular, and pulmonary diseases, musculoskeletal disorders and cancer.

If you have recently been diagnosed with a chronic disease, speak with your healthcare professional and ask if they can refer you to a community exercise programme or seek out an appropriate exercise professional that is able to assist you with an individualised and appropriate exercise programme.


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