2018-08-01

10 fitness trends for 2018 to get behind right now

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As you start to lose weight, physical activity will become much easier and you will have a lot more energy than you did before.

There’s no reason why working out can’t be fun – as you start to see results and become more confident, naturally you will want to be more active!

If you’ve had a weight loss procedure with us, everyone from your patient advisor to your specialist dietitian will have told you that your results will depend on how committed you are to a healthy lifestyle following surgery. In addition to making changes to your diet and eating habits, you will also be looking to gradually get into a good exercise routine. So, if you are looking for the best exercise for weight loss and workouts to lose weight, a good place to start are the top ten trending fitness trends for this year:

 

1.      Boxing and kickboxing are making a comeback…
If you’re looking for a workout to kickstart your weight loss journey, then exercises such as kickboxing aerobics could be for you. Given that the process can have ups and downs, this is a great way to relieve stress and anxieties – releasing feel-good endorphins and giving you that boost of confidence!


2.      We are better together…
If you’ve been to your local gym recently, you may have noticed that group training is becoming more popular and more popular. As well as being a more affordable alternative to personal training sessions, working out in small groups can also making exercise fun especially if exercise is not something you have always enjoyed prior to having weight loss surgery.


3.      Lifting is becoming less intimidating…
This year, powerlifting sessions are becoming increasingly popular as well as the number of CrossFit gyms popping up around the country especially amongst women as fears surrounding being bulking are dissipating in favour of the strong not skinny ethos. 

If you’re not an avid gym goer, chances are you may have read various fitness jargon on Instagram and not understood the lingo. So, let us explain! Exercises which involve lifting weights are counted in repetitions, sometimes called reps, and sets.

  • A repetition is 1 complete movement of an activity e.g. lifting a weight or doing a sit up
  • A set is a group of these repetitions.
  • Aim to try and do 8 to 12 repetitions in each set, gradually building up to 2 to 3 sets in total
  • With a small break of around 45 seconds in between sets.

The best part about including weight lifting as part of your exercise regime? Lifting weights can improve your strength, tone your muscles and encourage weight loss.


4.      Yoga is as popular as ever...
Not to mention, yoga is a great exercise to get into following weight loss surgery! Why not try something new? We would particularly encourage you to give yoga a go as it is gentler than other workouts to lose weight and concentrates on improving your posture, stretching your muscles and encouraging joint flexibility.


5.      High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
You may have spotted HIIT classes at your local gym – and could be something to try out once you are well into your weight loss journey. This is classed as vigorous activity as these classes include short bursts of high intensity activity where your body will be working hard, your breathing will be fast and your heart rate will be racing.

 

6.      Low Intensity Interval Training (LIIT)
On the other end of the spectrum, LIIT classes are big news in 2018! This could be a good option to ease you into your health and fitness journey following weight loss surgery. We advise a minimum of 15 minutes of exercise a day being a good place to start if you currently do little or no activity as it Is important to start at a level you feel comfortable with – and with activity that is relatively easy to do, no matter how small it may seem to begin with.


7.      Fitness Apps are becoming better and better…
The best thing about using apps such as My Fitness Pal to monitor your health and fitness is that they can give you instant feedback on your progress – which is great to keep you motivated and inspired on your weight loss journey, no matter what stage you may be at, as you are getting closer to achieving your personal goals.


8.      Wearable fitness on the go…
If you are not used to a lot of exercise, walking is one of the best things you can do – so why not invest in a pedometer or perhaps a FitBit activity tracker so you can start to see how you are progressing. The aim is to walk on average 10,000 steps a day, which for an average person’s pace, equates to five miles in distance. So if by lunchtime you are below your target, you can go out for a walk during your break to increase the amount of steps you are doing – easy!


9.      Fitness on demand…
Pricey gym memberships needn’t be an issue as you can now stream aerobics and dance classes on demand! You could even go old school with exercise DVDs at home – both are fantastic examples of moderate intensity exercise that raises your heart rate making you breathe harder, sweat more which aids weight loss and improves your overall fitness.


10.  Working out from home…
We can all become more active in our daily lives by making simple changes in our lifestyles. These healthy habits which start from home will eventually become part of your usual routine – for example, you can be more active by taking the stairs instead of the lift if you live in an apartment building or you could take up gardening to spend more time outdoors being active.

 

Speak to your GP about referring you to your local gym for an exercise class or exercise referral schemes that provide tailor made programmes. Meet new people and stay motivated and focused on your weight loss goals by getting involved in the local community and find out what free activities are happening in your area.

When you’ve tried dieting and exercise and it’s just not enough, bariatric surgery with us could be the start of your journey to a new you. Make the first step by calling our expert team so you can talk through the different options and find out which weight loss procedure could be right for you.

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