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"2024 Fitness Trends: What's In and What's Making a Comeback?"




Somatic exercise

It seems like people have a lot to get off their chest in 2024, with rise in searches for emotion-led somatic exercise.


Wellness is at the forefront of this fitness trend, kicking off the new year with a holistic approach to fitness that addresses your whole self, in a way that makes run of the mill exercise feel outdated.


Through performing physical, emotion-led movements - somatic workouts focus on internal awareness and expressing this in a way that releases emotional tension, whilst building strength.



Exercise snacking

Some fitness trends come and go, but this slow-building fitness trend is here to stay, with short burst exercise ‘snacking’ receiving the second highest rise in internet searches..

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The exercise snacking method consists of short bursts of one to ten minutes of exercise spread over the course of a day, instead of one long session, for slow-building fitness that’s achievable for all.


These low-impact ‘mini’ workouts can pack quite a metabolic punch for those struggling to get started on their fitness journey, with three ten-minute workouts a day just as effective as one 30-minute session. Starting the year as we mean to go on, this trend is a pioneer for inclusive and accessible fitness.


Example:

1 minute each with 20 second rest break after each. Repeat 3 times.

• step ups

• push up to plank

• dumbbell front raises

• squat to calf raise



HYROX

Recognized as the fastest growing fitness sport in the world, HROX is an indoor fitness race that combines strength and cardio movements alongside running, where those involved run followed by one functional workout station, repeated eight times.


This high-intensity race is a true full-body workout, with its own global leaderboards and ‘World Championship’ for a fun competitive kick.




Boutique fitness

As big gyms heave with those on new year fitness journeys, others look to get fit away from the crowds, with ‘boutique fitness’ experiencing the fourth biggest rise in searches across the internet.


Offering a more personalized approach to fitness, boutique gyms focus on smaller-scale group exercise in one or two disciplines. It’s ideal for those who know what they like and enjoy the sense of an empowering fitness community that’s naturally built in these environments.


AI workouts

Providing personalized programs that deliver fast results, ‘AI workouts’ have sent shockwaves through the fitness industry emerging as the fifth most popular trend for 2024.


Whether you’re new to fitness or fancy getting some ideas for your next PT session, AI can give a helping hand in generating ideas for your workouts.


While AI is not advanced enough to give the qualified advice of a personal trainer, it can help to give generalized advice based on your input for fitness journey planning.


Rucking

The new ‘hot girl walk’ of 2024? ‘Rucking’ is soaring in popularity.


Taking things to the next level, rucking involves walking or hiking with a weighted backpack for a low impact workout aimed at improving strength and cardiovascular fitness.


This slow-burning workout is by no means new, resurging from military training as a trusted method to improve fitness. Buy Rucking gear or join a group here.


Hard 75

As many look to test their discipline in the new year, Hard 75 has gained momentum as a fitness challenge not for the faint-hearted, with a 177% rise in searches over the past year.


This gruelling challenge consists of five “critical” daily tasks that you must complete every single day for 75 days straight; if you fail, you start all over again.

The tasks consist of following a strict diet, completing two 45-minute workouts a day (one of which must be outdoors), taking a progress picture, drinking one gallon of water and reading ten pages of a non-fiction book - every day.



Hybrid fitness

For those struggling to maintain their new year's fitness resolutions, hybrid workouts could be the answer to help you stay motivated.


By keeping exercise exciting with diverse workouts both in and out of the gym, those who engage in hybrid fitness manage to do 67% more workouts than gym-only exercisers - 5.5 workouts per week on average compared to 3.3.


Functional fitness

Recognition is on the rise for functional fitness, with an 81% search increase for these exercises aimed at supporting your body in daily activities.


Functional training is important for everyone; by engaging in similar movements normally required for everyday life, the exercises seek to strengthen muscles, improve flexibility and reduce injury.


Best functional fitness exercises. If you are not doing these, you need to join me im the gym:


  1. Suitcase Dead Lift

  2. Strict Shoulder Press

  3. Pull-up

  4. Biceps Curl

  5. Windmill

  6. Push-up

  7. Squat

  8. Turkish Get-up

  9. Bent-Over-Row

  10. Dead Clean

  11. Side Bend

  12. Kettlebell Swing and Hip Hinge Deadlift


 

Sustainable fitness

Starting a fitness routine is the first hurdle, maintaining it is the second - as demonstrated by a 67% search increase for sustainable fitness over the past year.

Setting realistic routines and goals for yourself is essential for the foundations for a sustainable fitness routine, where you can thrive in your fitness journey while still having down time.


Unsustainable goals lead to inconsistency and giving up, evident by the 43% of people expected to quit new year’s resolutions after just one month.


Starting your fitness journey as you mean to go on, with sustainable goals and practices that are complementary and maintainable with your lifestyle, will keep you motivated with your resolutions into the new year.


Here is an example of how to live a sustaiable lifestyle:


Blogging and Storytelling: Blogging and storytelling are compelling ways to connect with audiences on a personal level, sharing insights, experiences, and information that can motivate and inspire sustainable living practices. Here are three examples of how bloggers and storytellers can effectively promote a sustainable lifestyle:

  • Personal Sustainability Journeys: Bloggers can share their own journey toward living a more sustainable lifestyle, including the challenges they've faced, the successes they've achieved, and the lessons they've learned along the way. These stories can be incredibly relatable and inspiring to readers, showing that while the path to sustainability is not always smooth, it is both achievable and rewarding. Posts can detail changes made in daily life, such as transitioning to a zero-waste lifestyle, adopting a plant-based diet, or downsizing to live more minimally. By documenting their journey, bloggers can offer practical advice, encourage readers to reflect on their own lifestyles, and create a community of like-minded individuals striving for sustainability.

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