Fitness Trends for 2018

If you’re like most people, you have a basement or garage full of fitness equipment and gadgets that at one time seemed appealing. You used them for a few weeks or months, then the commitment and novelty wore off. Research points out that when people exercise by themselves, they will quit far soon than if they’ve joined a fitness group or had a buddy. Most gyms offer various exercise classes from pilates to yoga to some new fitness trends.

Let’s face it, we don’t want to exercise in the first place, so doing time-efficient training is not only beneficial, it will keep us motivated. Depending on your fitness level, you may want to try HIIT or LIIT.

HIIT — High Intensity Interval Training has been around for several years, but it’s becoming increasingly popular because it’s super efficient. It does not require any equipment and can be done anywhere. It combines intense bursts of exercises followed by moderate movements and recovery periods. Doing this form of exercise for about 15 – 30 minutes, 3 times a week, will reward you will stunning results. You can torch a ton of calories, plus it increases your oxygen and speeds up your metabolism. It also keeps your heart rate up and you burn way more fat is far less time than your average aerobics class.

If you’re a beginner to this new trend of exercise, I found a few articles, that will get you started. 3 Quick  HIIT Workouts for Beginners shares a 10 minute, a 20 minute and a 30 minute workout. If you’re looking for more variety, then the 4 Week HIIT Plan for Beginners is worth viewing.

LIIT – Low Intensity Interval Training is similar to HIIT but it’s not as strenuous. Just like HIIT there are two speeds but with LIIT, the faster pace which is not as intense and a normal pace is quite comfortable. A simple way to include a LIIT workout in your day is to walk about 5 – 10 minutes at your normal pace and then pick up speed for about 1 – 2 minutes. Continue this interval for about 30 minutes. It will still help keep you fit, your heart rate up and your weight down.


  • I just want it to be nice enough out to go for a daily walk whenever I feel stuffed…with this ridonkulous -35C bs, its hard enough just walking across town to get to work.

  • The beginner would definitely be for me since it has been almost a year since I have been working out. Right now I want to get into some light work outs though because I am pregnant and do not want to push it

  • I like the Low Intensity workout because with joint problems it is just kinder on the body! Great suggestions, trying to get back to some semblance of shape with the very cold winter we are having in Manitoba… much too cold to walk for the last 2 weeks.

  • Sooo I have concluded I like Low Intensity Interval Training more just because I may excuses myself from working out otherwise.
    I started daily protein powder too. I do think it is helping me feel better! Although this week I am on the couch with a head cold 🙁 so feeling good isn’t something I can judge haha

  • I love going for nature walks anyway, so all I have to change is to pick up the pace a bit. Now, if only Mother Nature would dial down the cold I could start getting back on track! Thanks for the super information!

  • I am one of those people with all the exercise equipment that just collects dusts or moonlights as a coat hanger instead. I’m definitely going to look into this, because I really do need to get motivated to start working out again. Thank you!

  • Low Intensity Interval Training would be great for me. I like to get outside walking but since the weather is not great and our sidewalks are not done I use my treadmill a few times a week. I do need to mix it up.

  • I am not a very trendy person and usually avoid the latest and greatest trends but the high intensity interval training sounds really effective and doable. I may have to give it a try.

  • These sounds lots of fun! I do Aquafit 2 or 3 times a week and walk 3-5 times a week for 30 minutes. I also do a walking video sometime instead of walking on the treadmill. I need to do more upper body resistance but the arthritis in my neck is really working againts me..

  • I wish I could exercise but I haven’t been able to get to the gym for over a year due to my health. I used to do interval training before though. It is the best way to burn calories because you switch up the intensity levels so your body doesn’t get used to staying at a certain pace.

  • I watched the beginner’s work out and book-marked the page. I try to work out two to four times a week and this will be awesome to refer to. Exercising makes me feel so good and I find it addicting and need it now. Thanks for this.

  • I’m a fan of HIIT – I used to take a TRX class that followed the same principals, and saw great gains in my cardiovascular fitness.

  • I think walking is one of the best exercises as long as the weather is agreeable. However, you can also find large malls to walk around the the lousy weather. Great site, thanks

  • I’ve heard a lot of about HIIT but not so much LIIT! I definitely think I should start off with LIIT first because I’ve been so inactive these past weeks.

  • It’s amazing how many different exercise regimes come and go. I still remember when the 20 minute workout came on TV back in the 80’s.

  • I love walking and try to go for a walk 4-5 times per week and also try to do 20 min. on an elliptical machine every day.

  • I had a look at the exercises and some of them look fun. LIke the kickboxing. I think I would enjoy that one. I have just started Yoga for the first time ever. So far so good. Baby steps.

  • I have to do passive workouts which can be done no matter way I am doing . I walk everywhere & take the stairs . In the garden I warm up first and then work out the muscles as I go. I have rheumatoid arthritis which restricts how I do things and when . Good points here which will be helpful.

  • I like the work out. I do walk every day and i walk my dogs. It is true about the excise equipment its done in the basement in the corner.

  • Thanks for the information on these types of workouts…I am most likely to do the Low Intensity Interval Training. 😉

  • I have to modify a lot of exercises because of physical limitations, but it is so very important to get in some sort of exercise.

  • I was sick for a long time and lost a lot of weight and strength. The past month or so I’ve been lifting weights to increase strength arm strength, my grip has been horrible. I went from weighing 78 lbs to now so far 106! I’m looking forward to having and adding more to my routine.

  • I don’t know if I’m convinced with LIIT. The whole point of HIIT (Tabata etc.) is to reach super intense heart rates in order to achieve the intended affect and benefit. I feel like LIIT is just “regular excercise”.

  • I really need to get moving more. This is great inspiration for me. I would start with the LIIT as I have issues with my leg. Perhaps by doing that often enough I can work up to the HIIT.

  • I am really liking the trend of yoga that seems to be coming back here in NS – I have always wanted to try and I think it’s time to look for a really basic beginners dvd and start in home before going out into a gym with all the other young, fit women! Haha!

  • I’m slowly increasing my exercise. I hadn’t heard of LIIT – I might be able to “modify it down” to a level that I can manage. Thanks for the information.

  • I heard about this on tv & was intrigued. I think it’s truly worth doing! Positive results & a better workout for those who don’t have a lot of time.

  • Low Intensity would be for me. I have always enjoyed walking as exercise and used to go to a mall every morning before it opened as they had a walking club. It was a good way to start the morning before I went to work and it made me more alert. It was especially good on extreme weather days so I did not have to worry about falling on ice or overheating in the sunshine.

  • My exercising consists of long walks and some bike riding. I couldn’t do the high intensity workout but could try the low one.

  • I’m looking forward to the rain and cold easing up so that I can get outside and start walking again. I like the walking strategy of the LIIT exercise.

  • I really need to get more active this year and I love the idea of a beginners guide – it can be overwhelming to start from scratch and it helps to have a guide to ease into it!

  • Low intensity options are good info. A good old Walk is usually great too, but not so much in snow and ice and wind in Canada wintertime.

  • The low intensity will work for me, I always walk and make sure I achieved 10000 steps everyday. I keep moving and that is the key

  • Thank you for sharing your post on HIIT Training. Unfortunately it is too intense for me but I love doing my physio exercises so I can get back into higher intensity workouts in the future 💖

  • I’ve tried HIIT training for the first time recently – it’s a great way to train! I really found it beneficial to boost my running programs

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