3 Health and Fitness Trends Taking the UK by Storm

The stereotype of gyms being full of men with large muscles and small vests lifting heavy weights is long outdated. Over the past 5 years, staying healthy has become more inclusive as we discover new and innovative ways to improve our health and fitness.

There is currently a wide range of fitness trends that are becoming increasingly popular in the UK. Below we list three that we hope will inspire you to keep your workouts feeling inspirational!

Yoga

Yoga has long been popular with women between the ages of 25 – 45 but in 2019 we’re seeing it become increasingly popular with all genders, ages and demographics.

Its popularity is likely because yoga offers more than just exercise. Instead, yoga helps to promote a healthier mind, body and spirit.

Yoga has been proven to boost your mood by increasing the body’s production of oxytocin and endorphins. Furthermore, it helps regulate your sleep cycle, lowers your stress, and even lower levels of inflammation and pain in your body.

Finally, Yoga is for everybody because it involves no competition and is welcome to anybody regardless of their fitness levels. Neither your height, strength or ability matters. All that is required is an open mind and the willingness to move into poses at your own pace and to push your body as far as it can move without experiencing pain.

CBD

The Cannabis-Sativa plant is far more complex than it is often given credit for. The plant is made up of over 120 different compounds, each with their effects and benefits. In the past, it was only tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) that had the limelight due to its association with recreational use. However, In 2019, it is its lesser-known sibling, CBD that is winning plaudits for its physical and psychological benefits.

In 2018 we saw governments across the world legalise CBD for medical use but 2019 is the year it has gone mainstream. You can now find CBD in everything from drops, tinctures, edibles and vape juices. We spoke with Cara Robinson, the customer manager at dank! who explained: “CBD is way more than just a passing health ‘fad’. Not only are people using it medically, but they’re also using it within their health regimes too. Several of our customers include athletes who use our CBD for recovery.”

CBD is thought to help induce relaxation and calmness, and there are scientific studies that heavily suggest it helps to relieve pain and inflammation and reduce anxiety.

Short workouts

In 2019, we all lead busy lives and have seemingly less time than ever before. As a result, we tend to lean towards saving time and convenience when making decisions. This shows in our food choices ( Takeout), travel (Uber) and in 2019 we are seeing the shift to saving time within the fitness industry.

Millennials especially are turning to work out classes under 20 minutes for their daily doses of fitness and popular youtube channels such as Joe Wicks promote the convenience of working out at home with no equipment.

The science does suggest short, high-intensity workouts can promote health. HIIT workouts generally combine short bursts of intense exercise with periods of rest or lower-intensity exercise. Intervals can boost cardio-respiratory health with a smaller time investment compared to continuous forms of exercise.

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