This year, the top fitness trends have already become perfectly obvious. Some years, it can take some time for things to catch on. However, as 2021 has decided to get started by flying by, it’s no surprise that many of the favs are already established.
If you’re looking for some great new ways to make your workouts interesting again, have a look at these top fitness trends for the year. Gone are the odd fads of 2018 like goat yoga. Fingers crossed, streamed classes won’t have to be our only available option ever again. This year, it’s all about overall wellness. While some of these trends will make you wonder why you hadn’t thought of them already, others are sure to surprised you.
Have a Look at These Top Fitness Trends for 2021
No More Gyms – Head to the Fitness Studio
For people who loathe having to use their gym memberships even more than they hate paying for them, a fitness studio may be the perfect option. Of all the top fitness trends for this year, leaving the gym behind in favor of a specialized fitness studio will likely have the widest appeal. For many people, working out in a big box-style facility is the perfect solution. For the millions who would rather have a root canal than that, boutique fitness classes and studios are just the right fit.
Teensy Tiny Workouts
Some of this year’s top fitness trends are heavily backed by research, and this is one of them. Tiny workouts spread throughout the day can give you just as much benefit as being sedentary all day long followed by a half hour workout all at once. Many people find that it’s much easier to spend five minutes at a moderate to intense workout, a few times per day, than it is to try to find both the time and energy to get a complete workout at once. This trend has more people taking the stairs at work (at a walk or a run), parking father away or jogging to and from the corner store to pick up that ingredient missing from dinner.
Smarter Fitness Tracking
Since pretty much everybody has now had a fitness tracker at some point, the world has become obsessed with getting those 10,000 steps per day. However, tracking is no longer just about steps. This year’s top fitness trends show that consumers have gotten wise to that 10k goal. They know it was originally set arbitrarily and not based on any real science. They also know that not all steps are created equal, so 8,000 quality steps are better than 10,000 steps that are all slow-moving and don’t raise the heart rate. Tracking is becoming personalized and increasingly accurate, helping to reach goals more effectively and efficiently.
For many of us, 2020 was a year in which virtual training provided nearly the only guided option for physical fitness. That said, it has evolved and continues to be one of the top fitness trends of this year, even as it plays more of a supporting role. Now that gyms and studios are set up to offer online and streamed classes, many have kept the option – to some extent – in order to expand their available services.
In-person classes, indoors and outdoors, are still the preferred choice for many. Still, on busy days, or when heading into a studio has never been your thing, virtual training via streamed classes, pre-recorded options and smart trainers have all become complementary options to a broader physical fitness strategy. They add convenience that wasn’t available a surprisingly short time ago, making it possible to add variety to a weekly exercise routine.