Health and Fitness: Trends to look out for in 2018
Are you getting bored of the same old workouts and monotonous gym sessions? For all your good intentions of staying fit and healthy in 2018, if you’re not feeling inspired and motivated you’re far less likely to stick to them.
Worry not though, as each new year brings a wealth of new fitness trends and health crazes to try out and we’ve researched the lot of them to bring you those we think are destined to dominate this year.
Words by Christine Toner
Keeping fit, they say, can elevate your mood. So why not elevate your body while you’re at it. The yoga craze that took over the world some years ago shows no sign of slowing down and in 2018 we’re taking it to new heights with aerial yoga.
Available at various studios across the city, including Liverpool Yoga Studio, aerial yoga involves the use of a fabric hammock which will support the weight of your body while you perform traditional yoga poses in mid-air.
Bounce back to health
If you find the gym boring and you’d rather walk on glass than go for a long run in this weather, this fun and family inclusive activity could be just the one for you.
No longer a PE activity for primary school or a weekend pastime for kids, trampolining is becoming a firm favourite in the fitness community and it’s not hard to see why.
There are organisations like Boogie Bounce, which has various classes across Merseyside and beyond, promising a ‘fab, fun, funky and fat burning experience’ with choreographed cardio workouts on a mini trampoline to some of the biggest songs in the charts.
Who said exercise had to be hard work?
Aqua aerobics is taking on a whole new lease of life in 2018 if fitness experts are to be believed. From HIIT classes in swimming pools to aqua Zumba, health clubs across the country are stepping up their water-based activities with some fun new ideas.
One of the latest to see a surge in popularity is aqua running and leading the charge in Liverpool is Aqua Running International, located on Russell Street in the city centre, which has developed a ‘hydro buoyancy’ suit to be worn during the workout allowing anyone of any ability or age to take part.
Dance it off
According to industry insiders, 2018 is going to be the year we ditch the dumbbells, put on our dancing shoes and party our way to fit physiques.
Dance parties for fitness are becoming hugely popular all over the world and Liverpool is no exception.
Check out Movema, the dynamic world dance company, for some dance fitness classes with a difference.
Ditch the gym
Are you feeling bad about taking out a gym membership for the ninth year running and still not actually making it in for a workout? Well you shouldn’t, you’re basically a trendsetter.
Yes, the fitness gurus claim this will be the year that home workouts explode thanks, in no small part, to the huge amount of apps available now offering everything from aerobics classes to exercises reminders and weight tracking.
No longer do we have to settle for fitness DVDs from reality stars and former soap actors if we want to work out in our own space. So ditch the gym membership (you were never going to use it anyway) and start searching the app store.
Sweat it out
If all of the above activities sound a bit too, well, active for you then you’re going to love this one.
Infrared treatments are being lauded across the industry for their health benefits with experts claiming they can help with detoxification, weight loss and stress to name a few.
Luckily Liverpool is home to the UK’s first exclusive infrared sauna spa. With two locations (on Childwall Valley Road and Walton Vale), the Infrared Sauna Spa offers 30-minute sauna treatments with light therapy options and bluetooth speakers for the ultimate relaxation experience.