Improving your fitness level is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions, however gym memberships often go unused from February onwards. The trick to getting fit and staying that way is finding the right exercise for you. To give you a helping hand, we have edited the best new classes and experts for this year.
Boxing was the standout trend of 2017 and it looks posed to continue its rise in popularity into next year. Follow the example of Jourdan Dunn and head to the nearest boxing centre for a class, or try Anthony Joshua’s gym BXR, if you are in UK.
Goodbye Spin Class
Spinning is often the go-to workout for individuals seeking a high-intensity cardio workout, but it can trigger DOMS and injuries that discourage less experienced riders. Instead, in 2018, try Sweat VersaClimber- a specialised stepper class, perfect for fat-burning.
In order to get the very best results out of cross training, studios and events like Another Space and Balance Festival are now combining different types of workout into one overarching session. Another Space’s Mash-up Cycle x Yoga class, for example, will push your legs to the limit in more ways than one.
There is an ever growing array of fitness apps that not only track your sessions but which provide video-based workouts and advice from the comfort of your own home. Try Boxx, an online boxing platform, to learn proper technique and get fit in the New Year.
Exercise for mental health
2017 has seen society take some much needed steps towards ending the stigma around mental health. In 2018 and 2019, expect to see the development of fitness classes especially designed to tackle stress, loneliness and anxiety as well as general fitness levels.
Getting injured used to mean putting a halt to your fitness regime – but now a lot more studios provide low impact classes that allow you to maintain your fitness levels while you recover. Try Paola’s BodyBarre to tone, realign and challenge your whole body through recovery and beyond.
Often not even considered a sport and when it is only for those around retirement age, walking is set for a resurgence in 2018. It’s low impact, easy to fit into your schedule and doesn’t need an expensive gym membership.
Exercise for charity
Sponsored runs, swims, cycles (and beyond) are nothing new, but we predict a rise in group-participation for such challenges, as society embraces a more activist culture and individuals vocally support causes that are close to their hearts.