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Revealed: The hottest fitness trends for 2019

As we enter another festive season of decadence and over-indulgence, some are already planning on how they can shift the extra pounds in the New Year, Nextatlas, a technology company that utilises artificial intelligence (AI) to spot trends before they become mainstream, has revealed the top five emerging trends in health and fitness.

‘Wellness’ and ‘recovery’ both play a key role in 2019, with a profound focus on low impact exercise and healthy minds. In order of strength, the key findings reveal the following fitness trends for the year ahead:

  1. Active Recovery Workout – new and traditional practices that focus on body awareness, recovery, and healthy mind-sets are emerging across the UK and USA.
  2. Low Impact Exercises – there has been a slow move away from high-intensity workouts this year, which will grow into 2019 towards more considered and mindful exercise, such as LISS (low-impact steady state) and HILIT (high-intensity low-impact training).
  3. Barre Workouts – following on from this, Barre classes focus on improving core strength and enhancing flexibility by performing isometric exercises and small movements.
  4. Wellness Festivals – over the past three years, wellness festivals, such as Edinburgh Wellbeing Festival, have become big business and this will grow even more in 2019.​
  5. Smart Clothing – from biometric measurement for an enhanced workout, to self-regulating materials that adapt to temperature, consumers will increasingly turn to wearable technology to enhance their workouts.

Mario Coletti, UK Managing Director of Nextatlas, explains: “The continued focus of well-being and mindfulness will evolve next year, showing people’s strong desire to take a holistic approach to fitness, whilst protecting both the body and mind. In particular, low-impact exercise and a focus on recovery will play a critical role in workouts in 2019, particularly through modern classes, such as Barre.

“Unsurprisingly, the uptake of technology in sport and fitness will also increase next year. This aligns with the broader movement we are seeing in ‘science-backed’ health and beauty. People want to understand how their bodies function and how to get the most out of their workouts; the adoption of smart clothing in the fitness sector will enable this on a much broader scale.”

Nextatlas constantly monitors the online world to spot emerging trends and is used by a number of high-profile brands. The platform uses clever algorithms and advanced AI to track social, consumer and online data, enabling it to quickly spot the next cultural movements and trend shifts before they actually happen.

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New Calm on Canning Street yoga studio opens in Edinburgh’s West End

A new yoga studio is set to open in Edinburgh’s West End this week after an extensive two-week refurbishment.

Calm on Canning Street is the newest of Edinburgh’s wellbeing spaces and has been founded by yoga practitioner Katy Lomas.

Katy says Calm will be more than just a ‘functional’ yoga studio and offer a sanctuary where people can relax and connect after classes. The studio also has three wellbeing rooms, which will offer massage, life coaching, counselling and other therapies. IMG_1069 2

The timetable will include Over 50s Yoga, Kids & Teen Yoga, Pregnancy and Parent & Baby Yoga, as well as donation-based ‘Karma’ classes. Katy says the studio will also launch lunchtime mindfulness sessions to help city workers manage their stressful lives.

Katy says the studio has a strong community focus and Wednesday afternoons will be reserved for charities and not-for-profit organisations to use free of charge. The first community partnership is with Four Square, which will be running an eight-week series of mindfulness sessions for clients at risk of homelessness.

The studio is even offering concession passes for doctors, nurses and social workers.

“Calm on Canning Street is the culmination of everything I have learnt over the last 10 years,” says Katy.

“Our core values are community, connection and consciousness and we’re truly committed to ensuring we bring yoga to the people who need it most. My aim with this space is to help people feel calmer and more grounded, support local businesses and to provide a beautiful sanctuary in the heart of the Edinburgh.”

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Katy says she has been on quite a journey since launching her marketing career in London on a Graduate Scheme with Barclays 10 years ago. After relocating to Sydney in 2010 and working in banking for nearly five years, she decided to give up corporate life altogether and explore off-grid living and an alternative, more simplistic way of life.

She relocated to Portugal and lived in her camper van in an off-grid community for eight months before travelling to India to become a yoga teacher. Motivated by the desire to spread the benefits of yoga to more people, she decided to move back to the UK and set up her own yoga business, Katy and The Calm. She moved to Edinburgh to be with her partner, Ross, and together Ross and Katy have created Calm on Canning Street as a combination of their passions.