2019 is almost here, and if you’re anything like us, you’ll be treating the new year as an excuse to boost your fitness and reassess your health regime. 2018 saw a surge in interest around boxing for fitness and barre exercises, and impressive advancements in workout-assisting technology.

So what fitness trends does 2019 have in store? The Annual Survey of Fitness Trends has recently released their 2019 forecast, highlighting the things to watch in the coming year.

Check out the top 5 fitness-related products and activities that are predicted to be sweeping the globe when the new year comes around.

1 – More Wearable Tech

Advancements in wearable tech, once again, have been crowned the top fitness trend to watch in 2020. Fitness trackers, watches that monitor your activity, and workout / calorie tracking apps are growing rapidly in popularity. Brands of fitness tracking devices that are set to soar in 2019 include: Garmin, TomTom and Fitbit. MyFitnessPal and 8Fit are just some of the most popular apps that provide calorie counting, weight tracking, and tailored diet and workout plans.

2 – Training with Others

Group training is another trend set to accelerate in 2020. Taking the solitude out of your fitness journey, classes that you do with your friends, or go to meet like-minded people, are a great tool for staying motivated on your journey. Larger groups, classified as five or more people, are now predicted to make big waves next year, as they take the pressure of the individual and mean that you can work out with people at a similar fitness level.

3 – Short Workouts

Short bursts of intense activity has been lauded as one of the most effective ways of keeping your fitness levels up. This is reflected in the continued trend towards HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workouts. These types of workout can be done in just 20-30 minutes, making them ideal for those who don’t have the time to spend hours at the gym. Because of their intensity, HIIT raises your heart rate, encouraging your body to burn calories long after you’ve finished exercising.

4 – Older People Getting Fit

It’s not just millennials who are loving the fitness culture – the older generations are showing a keen interest too. 2020 is set to become the year for older people’s fitness classes. Older people have more disposable income than their younger counterparts, and now that their children (and grandchildren) have grown up, they have more time on their hands to dedicate to self-care. There is a growing market for older people who want to look after their long term health, with specialized fitness classes popping up everywhere where they can exercise with people from the same age group.

5 – Bodyweight Training

This is a trend that is here to stay. As well as the Instagram-friendly selfie appeal that having a ripped body gives you, bodyweight resistance training has a number of benefits that have made it one of the most popular ways to work out for years, the main one being that it’s possible to undertake with minimal equipment, so you can work out at home when you have a bit of time to spare. This makes it a convenient and cost-effective way to keep fit.

So, there we have it: 5 exciting trends to look out for that are sure to make your fitness journey that much easier – and more enjoyable.

Be prepared and stay ahead of the game by doing your own research into these trends. Speak to a fitness professional about how one or more of these ideas could you help you achieve the body and wellbeing level you’ve always wanted. Good luck!