By Sally Rummel
Fitness trends can change as fast as the style of your workout wardrobe but watch for a new focus on your total well-being as the decade of the 2020s arrives.
Here are a few fitness trends to anticipate in the New Year, according to Prevention.com:
WORKING OUT FOR WELLNESS
Working out for wellness, rather than just for shedding pounds or trying to achieve a body like your favorite celebrity, will become a goal for many people. Rather than just trying to lose weight, fitness will become more about what it does for your mind and body.
Instead of just looking at the numbers on a scale, people will start looking to other benchmarks of improved health, like fasting blood sugar, blood pressure, tracking fruits and veggies, steps taken in a day, cholesterol and sleep. It will be more about long-term health than a short-term goal.
BEING MORE MINDFUL
People are learning that the mental benefits of exercise are equally important, if not more so, than the physical. That means many exercisers will look to the outdoors and sunshine, as their “gym of choice” or include yoga and/or meditation in their workout schedule.
As important as technology is as a trend in the 2020s, some people will chose to disconnect from technology while exercising so that they can be more mindful during their workout. Watch for more fitness studios to go tech-free or offer mindfulness workouts.
ON THE GO WELLNESS
If you’re traveling or “on the road,” you’ll find more fitness opportunities than ever, right from your phone. The new WW (Weight Watchers) fitness app, Aaptiv, for example, is an on-demand fitness app with everything from strength training to outdoor running, boxing and meditation, that you can do pretty much anywhere.
Thanks to the digital fitness boom, you can get a solid workout from anywhere, not to mention having “the coolest” high-tech equipment and “wearables,” right at your fingertips. Working out at home or while traveling is only going to continue to grow as more people work from home and remotely, and want options on top of in-person fitness.
COMMUNITY DRIVEN FITNESS
Being a part of a community of like-minded individuals is important to many people. The rise in live-streamed classes, sweaty selfie check-ins, social media challenges and online chats within fitness apps makes all this possible.
Perhaps hiring a trainer has not been in your budget in the past. But if you go the virtual route and work with a trainer through your screen, you can get the same attention and guidance for a fraction of the cost.
Some of these live experiences include spinning classes with Peloton (cycling), fitness classes through ClassPass Live and other options.
Thanks to technology, one-on-one coaching can now connect coaches and clients without any global boundaries.
HIGH TECH FITNESS AT HOME
You can turn any space in your home into a fitness studio, thanks to interactive systems like Mirror, which allow you to see yourself, your instructor and your performance data in a sleek, interactive display.
Another all-in-one fitness system for your home is Tonal, which attaches to a wall and supports 200 pounds of resistance and hundreds of different exercises.
HIGH-INTENSITY LOW IMPACT TRAINING (HILIT)
While high-intensity interval training (HIIT) is still popular, HILIT is really going to take off in the New Year. It allows you to get the same sweat-inducing workout that is gentler on your body. HILIT combines the benefits of HIIT, but in a low-impact environment that removes stress on the joints.
WEARABLE TECH IS COMING
Watch for new and improved smartwatches and fitness trackers and innovative vibrating leggings that give you feedback during your workout, helping you keep proper alignment during yoga flows.
STRENGTH TRAINING OVER CARDIO
Many women are now shifting from long hours on cardio equipment to strength training, because of its benefits for weight control, building muscle, body toning and feeling better both physically and mentally.
Classes like Jazzercise, that include strength training as part of their workout, will continue to be popular, whether they are in studio or on-demand. Also, adding cardio-rhythm movement into your workout adds a combination of a good sweat-inducing exercise with a fulfilling movement experience.
A RISE IN ROWING, KICKBOXING
People are starting to realize the benefits of rowing, as it works 86 percent of the muscles in your body, according to the English Institute of Sport. It’s an upper-body pulling dominant exercise and pushing with your legs. There are boutique studios dedicated to rowing, or you can use an exercise machine like Hydrow.
Boxing studios are rising in popularity, taking the dread out of boring cardio workouts. They are also safe for everyone at any fitness level.