It's now a couple of weeks into 2018 and you're probably either still killing it at the gym, or you've slowly stopped going. We all know it takes 21 days to make a habit, but exercising should be a priority. It not only gives you the results you're looking for, but the mind and body connection is crazy. 2018 is the year of you, and it's totally okay to try out different forms of exercise before finding one that you love!
If you're still trying to figure out what sort of exercise you should try, look no further. While most people stick to cardio or weights when they're starting out, that doesn't mean you have to. There is nothing wrong with cardio and/or weights, but there are SO many different ways you can work out. So if you're still looking for that one fitness routine that sparks something in you, we got you.
Bodyweight training is my personal favourite way to work out. Your muscles really feel it, and get fatigued super quickly because the reps are high, and you're basically using the entire weight of your body! Not only is it super convenient, as you can literally do it anywhere, but you can modify any move to your preference and activity level. Bodyweight training involves moves like push-ups, squats, lunges, planks, etc.
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
If you've never tried HIIT, you're truly missing out. While the workout isn't for everyone, it does burn the maximum amount of fat in a short period of time, as well as 24-36 hours after the workout. HIIT is probably one of the hardest workouts, as you're going as hard as you can anywhere from 20 to 90 seconds, followed by a period of low-intensity or a short break. A HIIT workout could like like 30 seconds on, 30 seconds off, and it can include cardio and toning moves depending on the workout.
Strength training is super important to grow your muscles and shed fat. While some love bodyweight training, it is still important to add weights to some workouts as it prevents the decline in muscle mass. Muscle mass is essentially what helps your metabolism stay at a healthy rate, so if you want to burn a ton of fat while growing your muscles, a mix between HIIT, bodyweight and strength training would be optimal.
Yoga is perfect for those wanted to ease into a workout, who are beginners, or need something to quiet their mind. I try to do yoga at least once a week, as I know it's so good for my entire body and mind. There are a ton of different kinds of yoga, from Bikram, to power yoga, to hatha, etc. It will also help a lot with flexibility and mobility, as yoga helps you stretch your muscles and even grow you muscles by holding certain poses while balancing.
As Intermittent fasting gained popularity in 2017, it will only get bigger in 2018. If you're not familiar with intermittent fasting, it's where you fast for a long period of time, and eat for a short period of time (example: fasting for 16 hours, and eating for 8). It's known to stop cravings, reduce hunger, and encourages weight loss. Because you're only eating for a certain amount of time, your metabolism is going crazy and trying to look for body fat for energy instead of food. It's definitely worth trying out. You can learn more about it here.
As the years go on, we realize that technology will never die and it will only keep expanding. I'm truly not sure what the first wearable technology was, but between the Fitbit and Apple Watch, we've created a trend that will most likely never die. Devices like the Fitbit and Apple Watch are amazing if you're super into fitness or have fitness goals you want to achieve. Wearable technology helps track your steps, your heart rate, your calories, the amount of workouts you've done in a week, your goals, your weight–the list goes on and on. Even better, there are fitness classes like Orangetheory Fitness that actually give you a heart rate monitor to track everything you've done in the class.
Maybe you're an athlete, or were an athlete, and you miss the days of when you could just do your sport as a type of exercising. Well, in 2018, that will be a trend. Sport-specific training such as boxing, swimming, tennis, running, etc., is so good for your body as it takes your mind off of life and you're just focused on the sport. No matter if you are or aren't an athlete, you'll find that taking a boxing class will make you feel like a badass or even running a couple of miles will get you warmed up and ready to start running again. This is not to be confused with actual sports training, as this means if you're an football player, running a mile or boxing will help your training.