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2016 Fitness Trends

by Sally Dixon -

1. Wearable Technology

This probably doesn’t come as a shock that these bands, bracelets, and watches still hold the top spot for 2016. Wearable technology sales went up 164% in 2015 and is expected to keep climbing. These devices allow you to track your steps, weight, pulse, sleep activity, and more which can be used to motivate users to live more active, healthier lifestyles.

Here at Every Second Counts our favourite wearable technology at the moment would have to be Misfit Shine.

2. Bodyweight Training / Back to Basics

Using your own weight allows you to have a stress-free workout without the financial strain of a gym membership or buying equipment. Your body is all you need to get in a good workout and it’s a safe way to ease into a fitness routine, that’s why bodyweight training will continue to be a big trend in 2016! When you use your own bodyweight as resistance, you avoid any unnecessary strain on your joints and muscles. Get inspired with our Personal Best vest and Speed Legging for women and Personal Best Tank and Interval Shorts for men, these are perfect for back to basics body weight training.

3. Slow, Controlled, Precise Exercise (Pilates)

HIIT training was the buzzword of 2015 but this year we’re going to see a trend for the complete opposite. We’ve sweated, panted and busted a gut on high intensity training while other fitness people in the know have quietly honed and toned their bodies in the background with more controlled exercise regimes. Slow it down a notch with more focused, precise movements like those of Pilates. Pilates works both mind and body, strengthening muscles and developing flexibility while giving you the time and space to relax. Pilates combines more intense exercises and relaxing stretches, outer strength and inner calm. With focus on core, flexibility, strength and posture, Pilates makes for the perfect addition to your 2016 fit schedule! Get in the zone with our Power Up Vest for women or Core Pants for men.

4. Strength Training

Scared you’re going to ‘bulk up’? Well don’t be. Strength training is one of the best ways to lose weight and keep it off. Sure, you'll build muscle, but you'll also burn body fat, calories, and protect your bone health and muscle mass, making strength training a necessary component for any workout program. 

Our strength training picks would have to be This Time Vest and Result Short for women & Personal Best Tee and Sprint Short for men.

5. Online Fitness

Social networking sites have made the online personal training business hugely popular. Subscribing to an online coaching program, fitness app or watching youtube tutorials makes the fitness world more affordable and accessible. Struggling with motivation? Start following a few of our favourites Yoga15, Pilates Any Time, Well & Good, and get some great tips for recipes, workouts, and planners. 

6. Personal Training

Whether you're looking to learn the ropes or reach a new fitness goal, personal trainers remain a smart way to get the most out of your gym time. Live in London? Then check out our go-to gym for expert one-to-one training, Equilibrium.

7. Functional Fitness

This buzzy term simply means training for function, as in to improve strength, coordination, and balance for daily activities. This is a concept based on the idea that our workouts should mimic and support the activities of daily life; like bending down, picking things up, walking up stairs, and pulling or pushing open doors. Trust us, your older self will thank you for it in a few years time so get working on your functionality now!

8. Aerial Yoga

Aerial yoga studios have popped up all over the UK and the world with over 250 locations. Antigravity yoga can relieve spinal pressure and help with back and neck pain, balance, agility, and posture. Find your balance in our Today's the Day legging or Today's the Day Vest range. 

9. Wellness Tourism

Wellness travel is one of the hottest trends in travel today, as more consumers seek relief from daily stress and constant connectivity. A recent industry report found that wellness tourism (vacations, resorts, retreats and hotels that offer fitness and spa services) is growing 50% faster than all other tourism. Combining health and travel sounds good to us!

10. Flexibility and Mobility Rollers

Warm-up, workout and wind down with muscle rollers. Foam rollers are the new trending fitness essential. Foam rolling massages your body, increases blood flow and releases muscle tightness that interferes with proper running and workout form. Enhance your body awareness, flexibility and strength with use of massage balls and foam rollers. These little gems speed up and optimise recovery while rebuilding, meaning you are less likely to tear, pull or anger anything that might end up putting you out of your new year regime altogether.