Look at my pecs and glutes! I got them in 2016 and have the muscular physic of a cross between batman and the hulk, and the grace of a swan. Yeah, I am pretty built and elegant bro.

At least, that’s how I imagine I would be if I followed any of the fitness trends for 2016. They’re the now of getting fit and taking care of yourself.

Every year fitness trends pop up to an audience who are eager to start feeling great when they wake up, live, eat and sleep. But what are they?

Let’s take a look at some of the biggest fitness trends of 2016 so far.

I like your watch

Wearable tech geared towards health is fast catching steam. The technology has been around for years now, but is beginning to work for its wearer more than the wearer works for it. In other words, wearable technology is becoming more applicable to everyday life. Research has forecasted that by 2018 there will be more than 485 million Apple Watch devices globally. However, it goes beyond just the digital watch with devices such as virtual reality headsets entering the market as well.

We don’t need to go into details of what a wearable device can do for your health, but you can enjoy features like:

  • A tracker that keeps watch over your vitals whether you’re briskly walking to work or intensely running through the wilderness as the ground shakes under your thunderous feet. If you over do it, or don’t do it, the tracker keeps an eye on it.

Obstacle courses

Who said mud is for kids? Certainly not me and the large scar that rests on my elbow. The result of thinking I’m an immortal who can smash through obstacle courses – Hulk smash and cry.

Outdoor and indoor obstacle courses – like the Spartan Race – are all the rage right now. They can take on a military style type of drill, which sees you wading through murky waters, around barbed wire, over 20 feet walls made of logs and swinging on a rope from one end to the other while your palms burn like napalm.  

All of them often test your physical strength, endurance and cardio. They may build you like a brick, but require you to have prior fitness training. So don’t try this out before thoroughly working out in the gym. Take it from the guy who passed out before the race even started.

Super axe-punch

Okay, there’s nothing such as an axe-punch. But 2016 is seeing a surge of interest in self-defence style fitness courses. It’s not that everyone wants to learn how to serve a hot bowl of saucy whoop-ass. Rather, self-defence training can help improve your metabolism, coordination, balance and power, all of which can be used in your daily routine. What’s more, self-defence classes also teach discipline and patience if provided by a sensible trainer.

The reason behind the surge is also partly due to the rise of stars – such as Ronda Rousey – who look like they could teach Captain America a thing or two about the importance of leg-day.

A Brazilian six-pack

If I ever get a chance to go on vacation, I’m going to go somewhere where I can come back looking like Man of Steel without the silent S for hope. Seriously?

Wellness tourism is a booming industry. This is because everyone wants to take a break from the hustle of everyday life, get healthy and experience it all in a different world. In fact, wellness tourism is growing 50% faster than overall tourism. Hotels now offer fitness programs that help people find the best running routes, training classes and the like. The idea is to help you get some rest, but still manage to take care of your health.

High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

This is not for the feint at heart, literally. HIIT is a relatively new technique of training. It gets you to perform short bursts of activity over a short period of time. You’d normally do a HIIT workout in about 30 minutes, but during that period your eyes will want to pop out, lungs will beg for a nuclear explosion and muscles will think they just went through a vehicle crash test. But the benefits of HIIT are remarkable, as it teaches you how to be more aerobic and anaerobic and – most of all – improves your endurance.

These are but five of our best fitness trends for the year so far. There are plenty out there, and options are perfect for anyone who isn’t sure of how best they should take care of their wellbeing. Instead of following one trend, try as much as possible to try the ones you’re most interested in. You don’t have to do all of them in your journey of feeling great, but trying each one allows you to identify a fitness routine that you will stick to for the rest of your life – hopefully.