Less could be more: Five fitness trends to try
1. Wearable technology
Wearables including smart watches, fitness trackers, tracking devices and heart rate monitors, are predicted to be hot this year. In fact wearables are forecast to grow by an average of 20 percent each year through to 2022 where its estimated to be a $29 billion market. Whether you use your wearable to monitor your food intake, sleep or exercise, trackers are designed to help you become more aware of how much or little of an activity you do, to make positive changes for your health.
2. Get going with group training
Experts say one of the key ways to get fit is to do it with others spurring you on. Group training is a great way to not only have fun but learn correct techniques and be inspired by a group instructor.
A small study published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found that people involved in group exercise saw improved mental, physical and emotional quality of life and reduced perceived stress levels - compared to people that worked out individually, who didn’t see significant changes other than mental quality of life.
3. High-intensity interval training (HIIT)
In such a time-poor world any trend that combines efficiency with results gets our vote. The premise of HIIT is simple – use intense bursts of exercise with short periods of recovery for around 30 minutes or less.
HIIT can be adapted for most fitness levels and workout types: from strength training to fitness, to weight loss.
Want to give it a go? Pick an activity like jogging, skipping, boxing or rowing. Set your timer for three minutes of work, with two minutes rest – and repeat four times (20 min).
4. Fitness programmes for older adults
It’s never too late to get fit. And with an ageing population it’s no wonder that baby boomers with disposable cash are being catered for with specific workouts designed for them. Exercises recommended by the Ministry of Health for the 65+ age group include a mixture of aerobic, resistance, flexibility and balance activities – and to try for 30 minutes moderate intensity exercise, five days a week. Exercise for older adults is linked with enhanced quality of life, increased independence and prevention of health conditions, so it’s a no-brainer to get started.
5. Holding your own
Never fear if a gym isn’t near – body-weight training is a fantastic and effective way to smash out a great workout using your own body as resistance. Think push ups, squats, bending, pulling, pushing and a whole smorgasbord of exercises to improve your overall flexibility, strength and yes, fitness too!
With nib Standard and Premium Hospital cover, you can access a Gym and Sports Bonus. Get $150 with Standard, or $300 with Premium Hospital Cover when you don’t claim for 24 months with continuous cover. Spend it on keeping yourself healthy with fitness equipment from a sporting retailer or membership at your local gym.
Important things to know
Information correct as at April 2019