THINGS TO DO IN FITNESS IN 2016
So 2015 is now a distant memory and January is nearly over, how are our new years resolutions coming on. Oh, they aren’t! Don’t fret you still have 11 months to make 2016 the best year yet. Here is our list of the top fitness things to try in 2016.
TRY A FITNESS HOLIDAY
In years gone by, a summer holiday was little more than sun, sand and a daily hangover. But people of today are different, and 2016 fitness enthusiasts like to come back from there holiday not feeling like they need another holiday to recover. Fitness-focused getaways – or “wellness tourism” if you want the buzz term – have carefully curated daily programs, led by fitness professionals who are there to make you feel and look like an athlete. Check out Fitscape, who do trips over in the Dolomite Mountains or Morocco. Alternatively why not embrace this years festival of sport across the Channel by cycling a section of the tour de France before relaxing and watching England lose on penalties in Euro 2016.
TRY A NEW FITNESS CLASS
Fitness classes are all the rage in 2016 and it’s easy to understand why. Having a trainer in the room will mean that you are guaranteed to push yourself to the limit. It is also proven that people who exercise with friends are more likely to stick with the habit. However variety is the spice of life, wo why not sign up to Class pass and have access to a wide variety of classes all over London.
TRY TRAINING ONLINE
By this we don’t mean spending the day playing FIFA Football on your Playstation. Online personal training is going to be huge in 2016. Through online training you are able to receive bespoke personal training plans suitable for your fitness goals and body rather than having to choose a generic plan. For more information on online PT check out the website and receive 1 month free. Alternatively online streaming is also growing and will transfer to the mainstream in 2016. Whether you’re away on business or too busy to get to the gym, streamed workouts are definitely one of 2016’s biggest trends. Websites like Daily Burn have live workouts posted daily, and you can pick the ones that are best suited to your fitness levels and aims. Sign up now and you can get a 30-day free trial.
TRY A FITNESS EXPO
If you haven’t experienced a fitness expo yet then make 2016 the year to do it. Body power UK describes itself as “three relentless days of fitness, covering the full spectrum of sports, products, services and athletes”. Over the course of the event – taking place in May at Birmingham’s NEC Arena – over 90,000 athletes and fitness enthusiasts will congregate for exhibitions, competitions and interactive feature areas that will teach them to train, eat and live better. Perfect for those who take their fitness seriously. It is an enjoyable experience and will leave you wanting to push yourself harder in the gym having surrounded yourself with like minded individuals.
TRY A NEW BOOK
We are constantly surrounded by fitness motivation. Jesse Itzler is one of those freakishly motivated, self-starting individuals that you’d really hate if he wasn’t so, well, nice. In his new book, Itzler – an entrepreneur, songwriter and ultramarathon runner – decides his life has got too comfortable and that he needs to get out of his comfort zone and in to better shape. To achieve this, he does what no ordinary man would do: employs a Navy SEAL to come live with him and his family for a month, and puts the skids under his routine-led lifestyle. In no way are we suggesting you to try this, although it does sound like fun, however there is a lot to take from this book that you can apply to your own situation.
TRY NEW FOODS
Make 2016 the year to try new foods. In what was surely the instigator of a thousand “Keep your finger on the pulses” headlines, 2016 has been declared the year of pulses by the United Nations. The UN’s aims are to “‘heighten public awareness of the nutritional benefits of pulses as part of sustainable food production aimed towards food security and nutrition”. We’ve obviously known for ages how good they are, but the time has never been better to swap that cheese for chickpeas and that burger for beans. If you haven’t tried them yet then head over to find out more.
TRY WEARABLE TECH
2016 might finally become the year were wearable tech becomes more useful than a hinderance. Soon your average Joe will be able to track their fitness like a top level Olympic athlete. For its acolytes, swimming is the perfect all-round workout and the disengagement from the rest of the world. Xmetrics is aimed at enthusiasts, and is at the forefront of wearable tech for the pool. Designed to strap to the back of your head, it will give real-time audio feedback on performance and collate everything nicely together in graphs for you at the end so you can see how you’re (hopefully) improving. Alternatively, with Apple, one of the largest tech companies in the world, truly invested in healthcare now might be the best time to invest in an Apple watch. Simply tracking runs, cycles and food intake will have a considerable effect on your consistency and performance.