From virtual coaching to the return of work gyms, these are the 2021 fitness trends that will shape up your workouts.
Every year, when January rolls around, we pack ourselves into every spare corner of the gym, determined to stick to our New Year fitness goals and start the year off right. Classes are packed, there's a queue for the treadmills and everyone inside has brought a friend for moral support. But what are the next fitness trends we should be sticking too?
Fast forward to 2021 and the start of the New Year will no doubt look a lot different for new fitness trends.
Last year, we saw a huge increase in at-home gym installations with many of us clearing out a small pocket of our living spaces to work out in. We invested in weights, exercise bikes, steppers and Pilates equipment. Whether it was yoga, HIIT or a spot of Joe Wicks, we all became experts in working out from home.
In 2021, businesses will be trying to entice wary employees back into the office. With health at the forefront of everyone’s minds still, savvy companies will seek to motivate staff with a fitness offering, at the same time investing in their long-term health and wellbeing. A work gym also offers time efficiency, removing the extra commute to and from the gym.
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With gyms closed for months in 2020, it’s no surprise that many fitness enthusiasts invested more time and money into creating workout spaces at home. You can create a bespoke environment and get your workouts done according to your needs and schedule. Avoid wasted time travelling to the gym, and add value to your home while you’re at it. As 2020 has highlighted, a home gym also avoids the health implications of a public gym space.
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The unique experience of a pandemic has brought health into focus more than ever. Holistic programmes cater to short term as well as long term fitness and health goals, including weight loss, heart health and immunity. Fitness is a key part of the holistic health approach, well known to strengthen the immune system. Ideally, you want to have good physical and mental health alongside fitness.
A healthy body includes a healthy mind. Yoga and Pilates were popular before Covid-19, but this has intensified as more and more people want to combine physical training with mental relaxation. This may be due to job-related stress, home-schooling with children, financial and health fears connected to the pandemic. Progressive muscle relaxation, mindfulness-based stress reduction, meditation, mindfulness and biofeedback are a few of the other ways to strengthen body-mind connections and achieve positive wellbeing.
Online training is here to stay, whether via a screen on your spinning bike, an interactive TV in your home gym, or just an online class viewed on your mobile or laptop. Even when gyms are open as normal, the online mode will remain on-trend as it offers more flexible, specialised guidance.
A great way to motivate you at home is to work one-to-one with your personal trainer on an online platform. Regular workouts provide fresh fitness content, and your trainer can review your progress and make recommendations for the next session. Covid-19 restrictions have encouraged more gyms and PTs to expand their online presence so people can train no matter where they are, and fit it around their lifestyle.
We’re not just talking fitness trackers and smartwatches, but also heart rate monitors and GPS trackers (for charting cycling and running routes). Helping you to keep on track with your goals, data is specific to your requirements and activity and therefore make fitness more personalised. Over the years capabilities have expanded, and we’re now seeing AI and VR fitness solutions emerge which bring a whole new level to high-tech workouts.
High-intensity interval training (HIIT) was very popular in 2020, and this will continue into 2021. The technique burns calories fast, and takes significantly less time than regular exercises, making it appealing to busy people. It’s also really accessible to do at home, requiring little space and limited equipment.
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