How your work­out will change next year

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If you feel you’re get­ting stuck in a rut, chang­ing up your ex­er­cise rou­tine can be a great way to boost both per­for­mance and mo­ti­va­tion. And with many pop­u­lar work­outs get­ting fresh up­dates for 2019, with at-home fit­ness get­ting some high-tech ac­ces­sories, and new trends in yoga emerg­ing, next year is an op­por­tu­nity to get bet­ter re­sults than ever be­fore.

Box­ing is back

With the end-of-year re­lease of “Creed II,” the eighth in­stal­ment in the “Rocky” film se­ries, not to men­tion Nike’s Apollo Creed-in­spired sportswear range, we might be feel­ing in­spired to pick up some gloves by New Year. Ac­cord­ing to Har­vard Med­i­cal School, fit­ness box­ing, which re­quires you to work out in a class rather than in a ring, can im­prove strength in the up­per body as you throw punches and the lower body as you squat down in a boxer crouch. It also gives you a good car­dio work­out and helps im­prove bal­ance and co­or­di­na­tion. And it’s not just for guys, with fa­mous mod­els such as Adri­ana Lima big fans of box­ing thanks to the great fit­ness re­sults it can bring.

Strength train­ing with­out the weights

Ac­cord­ing to the Amer­i­can Col­lege of Sports Medicine (ACSM), which an­nu­ally sur­veys fit­ness in­dus­try ex­perts for their trend pre­dic­tions, body­weight train­ing is set to be the fifth big­gest trend of 2019. A type of strength train­ing which uses no free weights or ma­chines, just the body’s own re­sis­tance, it builds strength through­out the body, and im­proves bal­ance and flex­i­bil­ity. As it can be done at home with­out any fancy equip­ment it’s also pretty easy to fit into your rou­tine. Re­search re­leased in the sec­ond half of this year has also ad­vo­cated the ben­e­fits of strength train­ing, with one study by re­searchers at the Univer­sity of Iowa find­ing that a to­tal of 1 to 59 min­utes of re­sis­tance train­ing per week, split over ei­ther one, two, or three ses­sions, was as­so­ci­ated with a 40 to 70 per cent re­duced risk of ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a car­dio­vas­cu­lar event.

Home work­outs go high tech

The trend for home work­outs is grow­ing, and mov­ing on from sim­ply fol­low­ing videos on YouTube. 2018 has seen high tech re­leases such as the smart Mir­ror, which streams live real-time work­outs straight into your home. Users train in front of the Mir­ror, tak­ing part in class work­outs or one-to-one ses­sions with your own per­sonal trainer. The QAIO Flex of­fers a sim­i­lar ser­vice, al­low­ing users to link the mir­ror up to their smart­phone to ac­cess work­out ap­pli­ca­tions, then watch them on the smart touch dis­play screen. And cur­rently be­ing funded on Indiegogo, the Hydrow by CREW is an in­door rowing ma­chine which uses new tech­nol­ogy to broad­cast live work­outs to its screen, giv­ing users the ex­pe­ri­ence of be­ing out on the wa­ter in the com­fort of their own home.

Yoga gets a colour­ful up­date

The trend for yoga shows no signs of slow­ing down. It is still in ACSM’s top 10 fit­ness pre­dic­tions for 2019, com­ing in as the seventh big­gest trend for next year af­ter also be­ing ranked at num­ber seven in last year’s sur­vey. So af­ter beer yoga, goat yoga, and the pop­u­lar­ity of yoga wheels, what can we ex­pect for 2019? In ad­di­tion to the con­tin­u­ing pop­u­lar­ity of tra­di­tional yoga prac­tices, 2019 will also see a growth in Chroma Yoga, which com­bines yoga with light colour ther­apy, sound fre­quen­cies and aro­mather­apy for a more im­mer­sive, multi-sen­sory ex­pe­ri­ence. Look out for it.– Re­laxnews

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