Getting fit in 2019 is on the minds of many. In fact, countless New Year’s resolutions will involve fitness in one form or another. What you may not know, though, is that some fitness trends offer a bigger bang for your effort than others. These are some of the newest trends for 2019 and the benefits they can offer your workout results.
The Idea that Less is More
Once upon a time, the exercise focus was on “blood, sweat, and tears” to get the desired result. “No pain, no gain,” and other similar refrains were common words in fitness circles. The truth is that pain often turns people away from exercise altogether. So, rather than overdoing the workout, why not work in a reasonable and feasible amount of movement into your day?
But pain isn’t the only aspect of a workout where less is more. Spending less money on your fitness routine can yield the same results as spending more. The same holds true with time. Fitness experts suggest you can accomplish as much with two to three, quick, 10-minute sessions of exercise in your day as you can with one intense 30-minute workout.
Plus, you’re more likely to fit the shorter sessions into your busy day than the longer one. In the end, you get more benefit from the shorter workouts that are done than from one long and intense one you never get around to.
Working Sleep into Your Workout
Believe it or not, the amount of sleep you get each night plays a huge role in your physical health and wellbeing. It can even impact the effectiveness of your workout. You need to prioritize sleep with the same vigilance you invest in prioritizing daily exercise. In fact, sleep needs to be a bigger priority. Chronic sleep deprivation has been linked to a variety of negative health conditions including:
- Type 2 diabetes
- Cardiovascular disease
- Low immunity
That’s in addition to poor athletic, academic, and work performance. Sleep is one of the most important components of a solid workout regimen. Start with a good night’s sleep, and see what a difference it makes for the benefits and results of your next workout.
Social Wellness and Exercise
People are exercising with friends, and it is paying off for the entire group. Wellness is becoming the new social activity for millennials, and the results are paying off in bigger ways than even they may realize. Friends are exercising together, eating healthier together, and engaging in spiritual activities that promote physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual wellbeing.
Exercising with friends also adds a few important elements to your workout routine almost unintentionally, like accountability, friendly competition, and companionship or motivation when the going gets tough.
Sustainability in Fitness
Fitness is about much more than simply exercising until you can’t walk at the end of the day. In order for your fitness efforts to pay off in the long term, they must be sustainable. This means they must do all of the following:
- Work within the time you have available.
- Not be too intense for too long. Otherwise, you may give up too quickly.
- Not strain your muscles so much that you can’t function in your job and other roles the next day.
- Be versatile. No one wants a boring workout routine, and that will never keep you interested and on-track for an extended period of time.
- Must continue delivering results. This means you need to be able to kick it up a notch or two as you progress in order to continue experiencing success.
- Not break the bank. It has to be affordable for you and your circumstances long-term.
It also must include some element of dietary changes either to promote muscle development or weight loss (according to what your specific and unique goals happen to be).
More About Fun than Results
You’re much more likely to engage in a long-term fitness strategy if it feels more like playing with your friends rather than working out. Whether you’re taking weekend trips to bicycle in the mountains, entering rowing competitions, learning intense ballroom dancing, or swimming some of the most amazing sights on the planet, the more fun you have while getting fit, the more likely you are to continue your efforts once the novelty wears off. Besides, there are always new mountains to conquer.
The key is to find fun activities that get you on your feet. Even making the switch from couch potato video games to fun games that get you moving, like Dance Revolution games, or games that simulate swordplay or sports action.
Focusing on Recovery
One new thing we’re seeing among workouts in 2019 is a shift of focus when it comes to restoration and recovery. Rather than tackling every new extreme fitness program that comes along, like cross fit and such, people are focusing on more restorative routines, such as float therapy, cryotherapy, and grounding. Other types of exercises that help to restore balance include meditation, deep breathing exercises, tai chi, and slow-motion exercises. The goal is to add an element of mindfulness to your fitness efforts that enhance the spiritual aspect of fitness, and focuses on balance all around.
Whether you engage in one of the new fitness trends getting a lot of press in 2019, or go with tried and true exercises and fitness efforts that have worked for decades, the key is to keep moving throughout the year until long after you’ve accomplished your fitness goals for the year.
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