Stay ahead of the fitness game with these 5 movements that are taking over in the world of wellness
Whilst you’re all busy making those new year’s resolutions – going to different pilates studios, CrossFit studios and climbing gyms in Hong Kong – the fitness industry is thriving and will become even bigger in 2019. Literally everyone from all walks of life, from millennials to seniors, are flooding into gyms; smartphones, wearables and training equipment are becoming more interconnected for healthy peeps; and one trend is proving to be particularly persistent – so here are the top five fitness trends in 2019 that you need to know about.
Fitness trends in 2019
The word ‘community’ is synonymous with fitness. Smartphones, social media and apps are all useful when it comes to staying motivated and exchanging tips. However, nothing beats that interpersonal connection during a workout with your #fitfam, shouting encouragement and high fiving you at the end.
Brad Wharakura, Group Fitness Director of Pure Fitness said, “When it comes to group fitness in particular, it’s the connection and sense of belonging that keeps people coming back. Training in groups has a number of associated benefits beyond the physical, such as reduced stress levels, improved mental health and overall quality of life.”
Group fitness creates a sense of reciprocity which helps to form and strengthen a long term habit of incorporating fitness into people’s lives. With group fitness having been identified as one of the biggest inspirations, it’s easy to see why it’s one of the fitness trends in 2019.
More and more companies are encouraging their employees to be healthy through corporate fitness and wellness offerings. Companies strive to innovate and implement wellness initiatives that energise, educate, and engage their staff via online, and in-community opportunities with such as nutrition consultations, body work and massages, offsite events or retreats as well as onsite initiatives.
One such company that lives by this #sweatlife is Lululemon. The Canadian athleisure apparel brand not only offers their staff a weekly sweat schedule partnering with nearby gyms and instructors, but they also house their own office gym and meditation room, which plays host to various styles of sweat, like yoga, circuit training, tai chi, barre classes and personal workouts.
So why is it so important to encourage staff to be healthy?
“Imagine an office with a hundred and fifty happy people or walking into a store with five to ten smiling people there to help you. Who wouldn’t want to get out of bed to go to a place like that?!” said Brittany Kirksely, Lululemon Regional Manager in Hong Kong. “When people are happy they tend to work better with others. Important decisions are then made together as a group (each department’s angle taken into consideration). Results are higher and innovations more competitive when done this way.”
Although this has been up-and-coming for a while now, the idea of being mindful is ever prevalent in our non-stop, day-to-day lives. We should all anticipate mindfulness and meditation to remain a hot topic with the popularity of useful apps (like Calm or Shine), classes (Primal Breathwork) and meditation studios (like Enhale) that promote this idea of slowing down and living in the present.
Looking for fitness trends in 2019 that will push you to your limits? When it comes to fitness, many will resonate with this: the mind is willing but the time is too short. The demand for extreme results in a short amount of time is in line with the current flavour of instant gratification. Enter HIIT. This type of training continues to take the world by storm as people try to squeeze in an effective workout among a hundred other obligations.
“There’s always something going on in Hong Kong, which can be stressful and demanding, leaving people with less time for themselves. This is why our clients love our HIIT training. With its high intensity cardio and weighted exercises, it’s a great way to get in an effective workout in the most efficient time,” said Founder of boutique studio, Hit45, Shayna Nanik. “This is a trend that never should go away – the point is to go hard or go home!”
We’re living in a digital world and increasingly we “connect” to others (and to ourselves) through various electronic devices, wearables and smartphones. With the advancement in technology, digitalisation will provide users with an even greater amount of information, which will allow them to more safely and effectively design their training regimen.
If you’re getting ill, for example, training isn’t a good idea, even if you’re as motivated as ever. This is where having an early warning system on your wrist could come in handy – enter products like the smartwatch. Like it or not, the smartphone has become an established part of everyday life, and seems likely to be relevant to fitness for a long time, whether you’re counting your steps, tracking your calories or monitoring your heart beat, now if we could just get it to actually do those burpees for you too.
Learnt all about these fitness trends in 2019 and looking for more wellness inspo? Check out these HIIT workout classes at F45 Sai Ying Pun, challenge yourself by joining these Hong Kong running races or find out where to go for yoga teacher training in Hong Kong.