2020 was most certainly a year of adaptation. As far as fitness went, a lot of people needed to get creative.
Gyms closed down. People stopped working out together.
Many people either stopped working out altogether or had to find different ways to get their “sweat” on than they had ever used before.
So what are the current trends going to be? What are people going to do to stay fit and fresh not just this year but also in the coming years?
And perhaps more importantly, what are people doing right now to really double down on their workout efforts?
In this post, we will cover the nine biggest current fitness trends taking the market by storm.
1. Working Out At Home
During the pandemic, most of us switched to working out at home as our primary means of staying in shape.
- Home gyms
- Bodyweight training
But guess what?
This trend is going to continue, and here’s why.
A lot of people invested in workout-at-home gear during lockdown.
People bought yoga mats, exercise bikes, hand weights — the list goes on and on.
But it also goes deeper than that.
A lot of people actually got into the habit of working out in their own space.
And as it turns out, it’s a lot more enjoyable than a lot of us gave it credit for before the lockdown.
2. Working Out In More Social-Friendly Ways
We all know that lifting weights, running, and high-intensity interval training are staples that are here to stay.
But one trend that’s picking up steam for many people is finding more creative, fun ways to burn off those extra pandemic pounds.
Playing sports with friends, hiking dates, rock-climbing with coworkers, or just getting out and moving around with a group. People are focusing on socializing as well as working out.
And more and more people are finding creative ways to blend these two all-important life factors together.
3. Exercise As A Key Component To Health & Medical Care
Before 2020, many people worked out for aesthetic reasons, perhaps even more so than they worked out for health reasons.
We all want to look our best, and working out is a huge contributor to that.
But in 2020, a lot of people realized just how vulnerable we all are to health problems, illnesses, viruses, and diseases.
And with that realization has come new, renewed determination in many people’s lives to:
- Get fit
- Stay healthy
- Work toward better health outcomes for the future
Exercise is a fantastic way to strengthen your immune system. And in a post-pandemic world, that means more to all of us than it probably ever has.
4. Online Streaming Workouts
Fitness really came into the limelight during the pandemic for two main reasons.
- Because all the gyms closed, and previously “conventional” workout options suddenly vanished
- Due to the lockdowns, many people stayed home, stayed indoors, and gained weight that they now want to lose
One option that really came to the rescue was the streaming workout. And by all accounts, it looks like a trend that’s here to stay.
For an example of how most workout streaming services operate, take a look at Grokker. It’s one of the hottest options right now.
5. Outdoor Workouts
Now that health clubs are starting to open again, many are switching gears permanently to adapt to the post-pandemic outdoor trend.
And one such innovation that’s been coming back into style is the outdoor workout.
According to one survey, 72% of gym members said they planned to take at least a decent portion of their workout outside in 2021 and beyond.
And the trend shows no sign of slowing down.
6. Mountain Biking
As summertime hits and more people jump at the chance to get out and do things again, activities like mountain biking are surging in popularity.
And to be honest, it’s not surprising.
Mountain biking allows you to socialize, get a workout, and get back in touch with nature all at the same time. It’s a slam dunk for anyone interested in those three things (and most of us are).
7. HIIT Training
High-intensity interval training used to be really popular. But in the coming months and years, it’s probably going to see an increase in popularity, and here’s why.
HIIT not only helps you to burn calories but also helps you to build more muscles. It kicks the anabolic process into high gear. And best of all, you can do it anywhere. At home, in the park, at the gym, etc.
HIIT training can even help to slow down the aging process. For this reason, it’s becoming especially popular with baby boomers and older, as they look for ways to stay fit, active, and young.
8. Better Sleep Quality
With the advent of cross-training, people began putting their bodies through extreme stress to build muscle.
Well, now that stress is catching up, more and more people are looking into different recovery methods. Ways to help them solidify those gains and heal their bodies after tearing those muscles down and pushing themselves to the limits.
And guess what’s essential to quality recovery?
According to market research, the global sleep aid market will reach a staggering $84.9 billion by 2021, up from about $66.3 billion in 2016. It’s a growing market, and people are starting to realize how important sleep is to a higher quality of life and wellness.
9. Blending Fitness With Dating
Another thing that people really missed during the lockdown was in-person dating.
Well, that’s coming back in a big way. But you can also expect people to blend this experience with their fitness routines more and more moving forward.
Walks at the park, rock-climbing dates, tennis dates, couples hot yoga. These are the types of date ideas that you can expect people to engage in more and more in 2021 and beyond, and it’s fantastic.
Hopefully, this post has helped you understand some of the current year’s biggest and most popular fitness trends.
Of course, at the end of the day, it all comes down to this:
Get up. Get out. Get active. Keep sweating and moving your body, regardless of how you choose to do it.
Susie is our General Manager and has been with Copper Beech at Auburn for ten years! Susie is a huge asset to our team. In Susie’s spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, her three boys, and her dog Gunner.