Fitness trends 2019: What I think about when I must go running
I’m one of the many millennials out there who are learning to grapple with the pressures of life, especially those supposed non-existent ones that life throws at you in your twenties and early thirties. I also believe that all the uncertainty you go through in your twenties, especially post-25 and a quarter-life crisis, the dust usually begins settling down. The storms that may follow thereafter become pretty much manageable.
Why am I saying this? Because I recently came across an interesting term called Runner’s High and obviously it piqued my interest. Runner’s High is when the endorphins in your body are released during exercise, giving you a euphoric feeling. That’s not all, running gives an overall good feeling ensuring more energy, creativity and increased fitness levels and stamina. That’s a motivational angle for even the laziest person who probably beat Garfield at his game too, I would imagine.
A few years ago with someone who used a fancy Android phone while I was still deciding to make the shift from my Windows device, I often enjoyed borrowing their phone to play Temple Run a few times. In a conversation that followed this habitual effort of winning a game where the player runs - from everything - I said it empowers me because I physically don’t enjoy running. Yes, it was a joke, but if given a choice, running would be the first one to be struck off my lists of How To Achieve Ultimate Fitness Levels, if I ever had one. However, the word has given me hope and I wonder it’s taken me so long to come across it!
When making that important choice of going for a run, it’s also imperative to choose the right shoe, that makes a world of a difference - starting with your feet, ankles, legs, knees and spine, there’s a lot at stake if the right shoe isn’t worn. With several brands to choose from, it might be difficult to make the right choice, but some bit of research on the shoe technology might come in handy.
We decided to speak with Mr Rajat Khurana, Managing Director at ASICS India on some of the Running and Fitness trends he expects to see in 2019 and also throws light on the new shoe by the brand built with the METARIDE™ concept and new GUIDESOLE™ technology to produce an energy-saving shoe. ASICS, also known as, Anima Sana In Corpore Sano, means A Sound Mind in a Sound Body and is derived from an old Latin phrase.
Mr Khurana expects to see the following six trends in running, customised for women who enjoy running. Read on.
Advanced shoe designs
With the advancement in technological innovations and its adaptations for shoes for women, achieving that extra mile has become easier. Today, it’s all about winning the long run and overall enhancement. There are even smart technologically abled energy-saving shoes, that provide the potential to significantly improve performance and assist runners of every level to go longer than they thought possible.
The future of fitness is going to be about collecting performance data and tracking it to evaluate progress. To make life easier, smart fitness clothing along with wearable tech and monitoring apps, targeting health and fitness conscious women, is gaining more traction and is on the rise for a healthier lifestyle.
Increase the intensity
Intense training with cardio has become staple among most women for their fitness routine. With the availability of snackable content on social media about fitness, workouts, dos and don’ts for running etc. women are invariably adding variations and increasing the intensity, thereby, raising the bar for themselves.
Cut it short
To counter their busy schedules, women are opting for shorter duration workout sessions (30-40 minutes approx. as Zumba, Pilates, Aerobics etc.) hence, striking a balance between work and staying fit. Shorter duration workouts also ensure fewer fluctuations in body productivity.
The treadmill is back in action
With the increased propensity of leading a healthy lifestyle, running has now become one of the key areas of interest among the women, be it outdoor or indoor. Running is a 360-degree workout and should be done with the right kind of footgear, one should use the perfect running gear that aids in injury protection and provides better stability and comfort to achieve more than what is desired. Treadmill running helps in working on stamina and with the introduction of HIIT (high-intensity interval training), running indoors has become more appealing amongst women.
While there are women working towards getting a fitter body, at the same time, it is important to keep one’s mind calm and composed. There has been a growing interest in restorative yoga, meditation, or even recovery-centric classes. It’s important to have a peaceful mind which knows and understands your body. This helps in keeping stress levels in check, improving the sleep cycle and benefits holistic health of body and mind.
I’ll too go for a run, tomorrow.