Commuting is the new best time to work out
It should come as no surprise that walking follows crawling, but despite its perpetual popularity as a form of exercise, walking isn't usually considered "trendy." A funny thing happens, though, when broke millennials can't afford gyms or cars -- they turn basic human movement into the coolest thing since sliced bread.
At least, that's according to the American Council on Exercise's (ACE) latest rundown of 2017 fitness trends, which reports that millennials flocking to big, expensive cities are looking for alternative (i.e., cheaper) ways to get around. As a result, walking and cycling commutes are picking up steam, along with a corresponding rise in sales of commuter bikes, cycling gear, and athleisure attire.
Just, you know, keep an eye on your athleisure budget. Walking and cycling may be comparatively cheap (and a whole lot better for you than sitting in a car), but all the "must-have" accessories can really add up.
Rest days aren't for "rest" anymore
Rest and recovery workouts were big trends in 2016, and they show no sign of slowing down in 2017 (or anytime, really) -- because, let's be real, who doesn't love the fact that rest is the new workout? As CrossFit, extreme races, and high-intensity interval training have left people practically crippled from post-workout muscle soreness, more people are recognizing they have to make time for recuperation.
And they’re bragging about it.
According to WGSN, the leading global trends forecaster, there are more than 1.2 million #restday hashtags on Instagram, and it's not just stretching, foam rolling, and mind-body workouts gaining steam. Mike Clancy, the owner of Mike Clancy Training, explains, "Considering the growing amount of daily activity on smartphones, tablets, and so forth, the need for better recovery habits will be the new focus of the wellness and fitness industry." As such, everything from cryotherapy to hydrotherapy and halotherapy are getting fresh buzz, along with an increased focus on sleep habits, recovery mattresses and pillows, and "nap classes."