Top Five Fitness Trends for Business Travellers in 2018

Now in its twelfth year, the American College of Sports Medicine surveys thousands of fitness professionals to forecast the next year’s most popular fitness trends.

Last year’s no 1 Wearable Technology remains in the top 3 whilst High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) jumps to the top spot.

1.  HIIT

High-Intensity Interval training simply means exercising at an intensity that keeps your heart rate high and taking only short breaks between each work interval so your heart rate doesn’t drop too much. It’s ideal for business travellers because you don’t need a gym, specialized equipment or a big chunk of time. CLICK HERE for three five minute HIIT workouts you can easily fit into your travel schedule.

2. Group Training

Group in aquarobic fitness swimming poolThere’s more to group training than signing up for an exercise class at the local gym. The key elements of group training are the motivation and accountability working out with others provides. Contact the running or swimming club in the area you’re staying and ask to join their training sessions. Or you could encourage fellow business travellers to join you for a lunchtime walk – the exposure to natural light will help with your jet lag too.

3. Wearable Technology

Wearable technology remains popular and data accuracy continues to improve. Fitness trackers, smartwatches, heart rate monitors and GPS tracking devices are readily available and the perfect fitness companion for the business traveller. If you can’t find anyone else to work out with you use your tech to motivate and keep you accountable.

4. Body Weight Training

Another win for the business traveller as you don’t have to lug any equipment around. Bodyweight exercises include squats, press ups, lunges, planks, mountain climbers, squat thrusts, burpees and star jumps none of which you need a vast amount of space or time to do.

5. Strength training

Fitness woman exercising watching fitness videosAn essential part of any rounded exercise programme strength training isn’t just about building muscle. It increases endurance and burns fat too. Body weight exercises such as press ups and squats are a form of strength training or you can ramp it up with resistance bands. They’re super light and come in a range of lengths and resistance levels.

Other new fitness trends to look out for in 2018 include live streaming classes, a return to play and improved apps.

Live stream classes are ideal for the time-starved business traveller as it’s a great way to work out from anywhere and connect with others worldwide. A return to play simply means a more fun, spirited and mindful approach to movement. And improved apps will result in higher quality content and more engaged communities – if you don’t like working out alone the online world means you don’t have to.

Ultimately the key to staying fit whilst travelling for business isn’t what’s on trend but to choose an activity you enjoy. Here’s a to a fabulous 2018!

©  Extravitality 2018

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Author: Julie Dennis
Julie Dennis is a fitness coach specializing in weight loss and body transformation results. She is a level 4 skilled personal trainer and a qualified member of the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs). Julie also holds a UK Athletics Leadership in Running Fitness qualification. Prior to training as a fitness coach and establishing herself in the health & fitness industry, Julie spent over 20 years behind a desk in London employed in a variety of roles in the management consultancy, executive search and mining industries. Whilst working as part of a global team at Rio Tinto Julie experienced first hand the challenges of incorporating fitness and wellbeing into an international travel schedule. A keen marathon runner she often found running whilst on a long a haul trip an ideal reliever for jet lag.

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