Hottest Fitness Trends of Summer 2017 as predicted by Julia Buckley
The news we've all been waiting for is here. In 2017, fitness and exercise are back to basics. London-based online fitness trainer Julia Buckley offers a breakdown of how physical activity and wellness will fit right back with people's lives.
• Real life fitness
A recent proliferation of fitness-related social media accounts has created a gap between what people see online and the everyday reality of simply maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
"We need to put a lid on the current trend for perfection. Like most people, I enjoy images of colourful smoothie bowls sprinkled with flower petals, or I-just-woke-
"However, as a professional in the fitness industry, I see these images as entertainment. But many people take them seriously and end up feeling depressed about their lives," says online trainer Julia Buckley.
"Of course, I also have to make my social media interesting, so I can't post images every day of me sitting at the computer with the cat on my lap. But to make a point, I post reality-check pictures as often as possible.
"Keep it simple, take care of your body, eat natural, wholesome foods. Enjoy moving around, and appreciate the health you have. That's the simple route to a healthy and happy life that the fitness industry should embrace and promote in 2017," adds Buckley.
• Simple workouts
Disillusioned with complicated training protocols and classes requiring special equipment or outfits, people are increasingly aware that to get in shape they simply have to move. In 2017, simplicity will be a key trend.
Bodyweight exercises (callisthenics)
"People are waking up to a more balanced approach to fitness,", explains Julia Buckley. "They want to be able to workout anywhere, anytime. Fitness needs to fit with their lives and not the other way round.
"What most people don't know is that effective training can be done with practically no equipment."
• Wellness on the Web
Technology is present in every facet of our lives, and with millions of people enjoying on-demand TV, similar accessibility is becoming a new standard in fitness.
With many clients reporting that work and family obligations prevent them from going to the gym, working out at home is the answer to their increasingly busy lifestyles.
"In 2017 you don't need to go anywhere to get fit. There are a ton of options available to those wanting to squeeze in a quick training session before or after work."
Staying active and monitoring your progress is now made easier than ever thanks to mobile apps, wearable gadgets, and online training.
"Virtual gyms offer hundreds of workout videos and detailed training programs, as well as access to a supportive community. I'm always there for my clients to ask me anything, or simply get a little support when their motivation runs low."
"The internet offers amazing opportunities, so instead of focusing on the bad, why not make the most of the good?"
• Responsible Weight Loss
With weight loss still topping the lists of New Year's resolutions, it is consistently a very important driver behind people's interest in fitness. However, as more and more attention was drawn to the potentially dangerous effects of negative body image, in recent years many people felt somewhat uneasy about weight loss.
"For a while it wasn't in fashion to exercise for weight loss. You definitely heard of the 'strong is the new skinny' trend. Being strong is of course awesome, but we shouldn't just ignore the issue of obesity. In 2017 people are facing the reality that carrying excess fat is simply not good for the body," said Buckley candidly.
"I'm not saying everybody has to run themselves into the ground until they look like an airbrushed model. That's just not realistic! Bodies are meant to come in different shapes and sizes, especially given that we all change with age. My philosophy is to move your body because you love it - not because you hate it!"
More and more people realise that staying active is not about conforming with fashion trends, but about physical and mental health. Physical activity counterbalances the effects our sedentary lifestyles. In 2017 we will see more employers encouraging their workforce to stay active.
"Body and mind are a single unit. Well balanced training fires up multiple muscle chains, burns fat, releases endorphins, and builds true athletic strength and control. It makes you feel fantastic, and that feeling should be available to everybody.
"As a fitness professional I see it as my responsibility to present the public with realistic, easy-to-follow fitness options. It doesn't have to be all about busting out complex yoga poses on a beach, wearing designer leggings, as the sun sets over the sea."
"Strong, lean, energised bodies and calm, clear, confident minds can be achieved by real people, leading real lives. Being fit feels amazing and enhances all aspects of our lives – no Instagram filter needed."
Julia Buckley Fitness Online Gym as an inclusive virtual space inviting everybody to make healthy changes to their lifestyle. Offering exclusive fitness courses, a supportive community, pep-talks and Q&A sessions with Julia, and direct coaching in a private forum, The Julia Buckley Fitness Online Gym is everything you need to get into the shape of your life.