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5 Futuristic Fitness Tips

Women’s Health Magazine’s Jen Ator gives insights on the adidas fitness trends report. Follow her advice to stay ahead of the wellness curve, mentally and physically.

Earlier this year, we brought you the five fitness trends on the horizon, according to adidas. You can read more about all the top experts they tapped as well as the (3000-person!) survey they conducted here. If there was any downside to this trends report, though, it’s the fact that it’s a future forecast – rather than in-this-moment actionable tips. So, we tapped Jen Ator, Fitness Director of Women’s Health Magazine, to help us take this forecast one step further – and deliver to you practical takeaways for each trend, so you can stay ahead of them.

In the future:

FITNESS WILL BECOME JUST ONE PIECE OF THE HOLISTIC WELLNESS PUZZLE

FITNESS WILL BECOME JUST ONE PIECE OF THE HOLISTIC WELLNESS PUZZLE

“Most people focus way too much on the workout. Your workout is one tiny piece of the puzzle – an important piece of the puzzle, but a tiny piece,” says Ator.

It’s important to look at the bigger picture and think about your nutrition, sleep, stress levels, and mood. If any of them are out of whack, you may need to dial down on the fitness component:

“I’ll have weeks where I only work out twice. I’ll purposefully limit myself because it’s a high stress week so doing high stress exercise is not going to help me,” says Ator. “What’s going to help me is taking a long walk after dinner or doing meditation at night or getting the extra two hours of sleep that I haven’t been getting.”

What you can do now: Be really aware of all the factors that are playing into your wellness. If you’ve only been getting five or six hours of sleep and you have a really high stress week at work, you may want to pull back on your workouts.

“At the start of each week, make a plan: Realistically what do your meetings look like, what does your travel schedule look like? Then, plug in your workouts that ideally you want to have happen,” says Ator. “But part two is realizing that when life happens and when you have those two days that go totally off course and you’re really exhausted or stressed or whatever, alter that plan, whether it’s dropping the workout completely or scaling back the intensity.”

In the future:

OUR DIGITAL AND REAL LIVES WILL MERGE

5 Futuristic Fitness Tips

Sometimes it feels like we hide behind our phones and computers and live one life and then step outside and run or exercise in a separate one. The adidas experts predict that soon, this will all change – and we’ll use tech in more effective ways to set up fit dates, connect with experts we’d otherwise not have access to, and more.

What you can do now: Build a network of fitness-minded friends and experts, utilize that network to get personalized information and tips, support others, and join specialized groups. Read part three of our fitness trends series at the end of the month, for all the details for maximising your digital fit life.

In the future:

WE’LL RECOGNISE THAT WELLNESS IS NOT ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL.

5 Futuristic Fitness Tips

“For fitness and wellness to be successful, it has to be personal,” says Ator. “You have to really be taking the time to know how your body feels during workouts and how it feels when you fuel different ways.”

What’s more, there’s nothing that’s purely good or purely evil in terms of nutrition or fitness. For some people, CrossFit works for them, for others they’re all about yoga or running marathons. It’s individual and it’s not black or white. The same goes for food. “You look at some of the world’s most elite athletes, like Iron Man athletes, stopping during bike rides to drink Coca-Cola and eat donuts and snickers,” says Ator. “Again, these are people with super lean bodies and they’re so high-performing because it all fits into a bigger picture.

They look at food as purposeful. But even if you’re not a pro athlete, your food should have reason to – even when you splurge.” (Though when you do splurge, make sure it’s on something that you actually love rather than just eating cupcakes because it’s someone’s birthday at the office when you really don’t like/feel like one.)

What you can do now: Experiment with different types of workouts to identify what works for you. Then, ask yourself: What does my body need in terms of fuel? And, what treats do I really enjoy? “If you don’t really like it, then it’s an easy thing to just tape off the docket and be like, ‘that’s not a treat that I like,’” says Ator.

In the future:

DATA WILL HAVE REAL-LIFE MEANING.

5 Futuristic Fitness Tips

“Everything’s just so external focused lately and as this adidas prediction brings to light, things have become almost not human,” says Ator. “It’s become very data-oriented rather than focusing on ‘How do I feel today?’ ‘Am I actually hungry?’” In the future, the adidas experts predict we’ll trend back to reality and all of those numbers – your steps, your sleep tracker data, your daily macro counts – will have real life meaning.

What you can do now: “I keep notes in my phone called ‘2017 workouts’ and every time I finish a workout, I write down quick notes on what the workout was, how it felt (was I noticing some tightness in my right hamstring or my rhythm felt kind of clunky or I’m really dehydrated because I totally forgot and didn’t drink any water today at work?) I try to be really particular and really specific.

Then you can go back and say, ‘that workout went really well, was there anything about it that I can pull out that really made the difference? Oh, it’s that I was really well rested from the night before, I had one day recovery, I had a really great breakfast. You start to notice those patterns,” says Ator. And then repeating those patterns leads to more good workouts, more often.

In the future:

YOU WILL BECOME THE EXPERT OF YOUR OWN BODY

5 Futuristic Fitness Tips

Pro-athletes have that team: their therapist is telling their doctor feedback and their doctor is telling their trainer feedback and their strength coach is telling their coach feedback, says Ator. So they all know where they are recovery-wise, where they are sleep-wise, nutrition-wise. “They’re already at that heightened level of tailoring things based on all of this information because they have this collective thing,” says Ator.

What you can do now: “If you look at anybody that is really fit and healthy continuously, they are the self-starter. They’re asking the right questions to the right people and being proactive,” says Ator. “When you go to your doctor, share data from your fitness tracker or your workout journal. Say to them: this is my average heart rate during a long run. This is my normal resting heart rate. Does that all seem normal?

Share that with your doctor because the biggest struggle, and I think that’s why we’re seeing the emerging trend of needing everybody to be interconnected, is that a lot of these people aren’t getting the other pieces of the puzzle,” says Ator. Technology makes it easier for us to access the information and get the data, but if you aren’t motivated enough to pay attention to it and take action and take the necessary steps then it’s really kind of a moot point, she adds.