The health issues that have arisen from our often sedentary and undernourished lifestyle have started to place a serious burden on our health care system. More people are developing metabolic, immune and mental health issues than ever before in history. Instead of looking at our daily choices on nutrition, exercise and our daily vices (i.e. cigarettes, alcohol, caffeine), many people turn to modern medicine to mask the symptoms and get a quick fix to the real issue.
In this context, many people in Asia have started placing a greater emphasis on the presence of regular exercise, a balanced diet and tapping into traditional and natural health solutions to aid their ailments. Over the last few years, Asia has become a breeding ground for innovative fitness styles, with new boutique studios popping up in the major cities every month. GuavaPass is active in over 12 cities across Asia and the Middle East, and since the beginning of the year, we’ve seen some interesting patterns in Asia specifically, hinting some fitness trends for the rest of the year.
Here are the top 5 fitness trends taking over Asia in 2018
1. Group Classes
Although there’s been a growth in the personal training sector since the end of 2017, group classes have still shown to be the preferred choice of those interested in fitness. Globally and especially in Asia, group classes are far more common than personal training, and for good reasons.
Group training has proven time and time again to be more beneficial, more motivational and a better workout all round than working out by yourself:
- Comparing patients suffering from mobility conditions, group training has proved to be more effective in reducing pain, improving balance and increasing mobility compared to subjects who exercised individually
- Working out with people improves mental and emotional health markers in subjects, compared to working out alone
- Motivation and likelihood of continuing your workout regime is increased when you do it in a group environment
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2. Fitness Trackers
We track our food intake, our daily budget and now we track our daily expenditure – the obsession with knowing more information about what is going on inside our bodies has caused this fitness trend to explode across Asia.
Fitness trackers like FitBits, AppleWatches, and Jawbone are dubbed to be one of the highest purchased electronics for 2018, with the ability to track everything from sleep to calories burned, to heart rate and steps taken. What’s next in the world of fitness trackers?
3. Community Workouts
Since the beginning of the year, the rise in the number of people attending and becoming interested in community workouts has spiked dramatically in cities like Singapore, Bangkok, Shanghai, and Beijing. Many companies engage wellness providers such as GuavaPass to hold community events in order to increase awareness about new products. In addition, fitness studios hold independent community classes to give back to their community and reach a greater audience. Community workouts have been around for many years now but only recently has taken off.
The main reasons for attending public events like this include the chance to mingle with like-minded, fitness-focused people, usually complete a unique workout, as well as getting exclusive discounts on sponsoring brands. Check out some of our events here including our GuavaPass x Puma and GuavaPass x Adidas events.
As well as being one of the top 5 trends globally, HIIT is one of the fastest growing fitness trends across Asia, with hundreds of fitness studios offering this time-effective workout. High-Intensity Interval Training usually last between 30 and 45 minutes and is distinguished by short periods of high-intensity work, followed by even shorter periods of rest. Many people find this workout to be the best fit for their lifestyle, as it fits in with their fast-paced schedule, and can be finished in just 2% of their day.
Exercise giants like F45, Barry’s Bootcamp and Les Mills use this style of training because of the countless benefits to their members, including increased metabolism up to 48 hours after training, increased lean muscle mass, improved circulation and flexibility, as well as a reduction in overall body fat %. HIIT training can be found all over Asia, with a number of studios on GuavaPass offering the all-encompassing workout.
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Although traditional yoga, including Raja, Karma, Jnana, and Bhakti yoga, has remained a popular workout for thousands of years, modern yoga practices like Vinyasa, Power, Rope, Aerial and HIIT yoga have stolen the interest of many young fitness enthusiasts. The popularity of yoga in the last year has surrounded a few areas of interest. Although meditation proved to be an important part of the practice for many people, a surprising number of residents in Asia fell into their yoga practice primarily because of social media, celebrity testimonials and the many fitness blogs across the area highlighting the benefits of practicing yoga, as well as the unique studios across the city.
With countless benefits on mental, emotional and physical health, there’s no wonder why yoga has continued to be one of the most popular workouts across Asia and the rest of the world.