2018 is almost here! We scoured the internet and social feeds of our favorite fitness authorities to put together a list of trends in the health and fitness world that you’re bound to see pop up in 2018.
Social media plays such a huge role in today’s fitness world. Through social media, people are connecting with their favorite trainers and fitness influencers to get inspired. So it’s no surprise that a growing trend in fitness is for influencers and trainers alike to live stream their workouts. Through streaming social platforms, trainers are able to broadcast how they achieve their physique and fitness goals and, in return, viewers are given direct access to their favorite fitness fanatics. If your favorite fitness influencer hasn’t started utilizing the live-stream services on their social platforms, they probably will in 2018.
Coordinating Fitness Looks
As athleisure continues to grow with no sign of slowing down, fashion’s influence on gym looks and workout gear will continue to grow. A trend you’ll be seeing everywhere in 2018 is the continuation of coordinating workout looks. From gym bags and yoga mats to water bottles and headphones, you’ll see gym-goers and yogis alike coordinating their workout looks from head to toe.
Pet and Animal Workouts
Yep, you read that right. Animals are infiltrating the fitness world and we’re not really upset about it. We all knew goat yoga was a thing in 2017. But the trend’s expanded to puppies and kittens. And if cute puppy faces doesn't convince you to enroll in a yoga class, how about jogging with your dog or furry friend. Regardless of how you incorporate them, get your pets involved in your next workout. Just don't try to curl your cat.
Technology has completely infiltrated the world of fitness. If you didn’t already have a fitness tracker or wearable, chances are it was on your holiday gift list. And with this surge of tech in the fitness world has come an easier, more affordable way to access fitness advice and training. People are finding ways to break a sweat without having to spend hundreds of dollars a month on group fitness classes and personal trainers. Their turning to their phones and using mobile apps to connect them to workouts and personal trainers. Expect to use your phone in in 2018 to get your sweat on. But also expect fitness apps to get pricier as they become a focus for the fitness industry.
All signs point to boxing making a huge comeback in 2018. And for good reason. Boxing is a great full body workout, combining strength training and cardio. Plus, it’s a great way to ease stress and get some pent up aggression out. Had a rough day at the office? Nothing a few rounds with the old punching bag won’t fix. Prepare to start seeing boxing gyms popping up on every other street corner.
DNA Specific Wellness
This past year saw a huge interest in DNA testing as a way to better understand our ancestry and background. Now people are turning to their DNA to teach them how they can better achieve their fitness goals and live a healthier life. DNA results essentially tell you how you are built, right? So it makes sense that we're now turning to our DNA to create personalized fitness routines based upon our specific genetics. If you haven't already, 2018 may just be the year you send that hair follicle in for testing.
Cycling your food intake really came to the forefront in 2017 but all bets point to it being the Whole30 (or ketogenic diet) of 2018. As we’ve come to understand the importance of metabolism in our overall weight and health, it only makes sense that we’d try and explore ways to get our metabolism moving again. The idea behind cycling between periods of fasting and then not fasting is that it encourages weight loss and maintenance. Ensure you consult your doctor or nutritionist before radically changing your diet, but expect to be talking with your friends about intermittent fasting between sets at the gym.
And there you have it, the future of fitness in 2018. Did we miss any? Connect with us on Twitter and join the conversation!