There’s nothing like a new year to get people excited about their goals – fitness-related or otherwise. Committing to yourself and your health is the best investment you could make. Congratulations to all of you who are embarking on or continuing your fitness journeys!
Unfortunately, all this enthusiasm comes a heavy dose of misinformation. Many people scramble to find the easiest way to reach their fitness goals and follow Dr. Google’s advice. With that in mind, I compiled a shortlist of some of the hottest and most physically and mentally sustainable fitness trends for 2020.
Group training tops my chart because I’ve seen it work time and time again. In group training, three or more participants take part in a class led by a fitness professional. Group training gives you the rigour of personal training with the fun and motivation of being around people who have similar goals. Being around others who share your ambitions lets you make new friends and gives you time to socialize. Even if you start off without knowing anyone in your class, you bond through the shared experience. Group training is a powerful and, most importantly, fun way to exercise.
As you know, I am a huge fan of training so you can do what you love. Functional training has been a big buzzword for quite some time. It entails doing exercises that mimic activities that you might do in your daily life. If you have kids, functional training could include squats (for picking up the little ones) and deadlifts (for any bending you might do). One of my favourite strength training methods is SynerLift because it lets you train a movement in multiple angles rather than isolating a muscle group. Your muscles move together as they are supposed to, which reduces muscular imbalances and makes your body strong enough to support you doing all of the things that you love.
Not all fitness has to be serious or structured. There are plenty of ways to get moving outside. In fact, getting out into the fresh air is incredibly important to both physical and mental health. Even a daily walk can increase your fitness and decrease your stress. Scientific studies have actually proven that more time outside can lower your risk of developing health issues like heart disease or type II diabetes. So how about hitting the great outdoors, even when it’s cold? Why not take advantage of the beautiful snow and try an outdoor activity like snowshoeing or cross-country skiing? Since being outside has proven benefits, don’t hesitate to partake in your favourite outdoor activities whenever you have the chance.
Like group training, personal training involves instruction by a qualified fitness professional. Throughout my ten years of running a personal training studio, I have been privileged to help many clients stay accountable to themselves and reach (and surpass!) their fitness goals. Personal trainers can help people who are starting out learn the basics of working out so they can avoid injury and progress towards their goals. They can also help you push yourself when your motivation is flagging.
These types of exercise and activity will have you moving well, feeling awesome, and looking great far beyond the first half of 2020. A big thanks to the pros at canfitpro and the American College of Sports Medicine’s Health & Fitness Journal for their lists of the top fitness trends for 2020.
Which of these fitness trends sounds the most fun to you? Are there any you’ve tried and loved? Share your experiences with us in the comments below. :)
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