These workout trends hit the fitness scene at the beginning of 2021 and are still going strong straight into the summer. Like many trends, some of these options may work for you and the same may not. Keep in mind just because it’s trending doesn’t mean it's ideal for your lifestyle nor do you have to do it.
Take a look at the trends listed below including the pros and cons for each one to help you decide what's worth exploring.
Working out at home (Virtual fitness): Not so much of a new trend but this definitely became more popular after 2020. In 2021 people have continued to create a dedicated workout space in their homes and find it easier to stay committed to working out while being at home.
- Pro: Affordable and you always have access to available options that are pre-recorded.
- Con: It can be harder for some to stay committed if they need the motivation of others.
Luxe Indoor Workouts: Consumers are upgrading their fitness experience with expensive workout equipment. The leader in this category includes Peloton and other heavy hitters like The Mirror, Tonal, Tempo, MACVON, and more.
- Pro: Privacy and high-end technology experience.
- Con: It’s expensive and may not offer enough variety.
Tracking your progress (wearable technology): Wearables are electronic devices that can be worn as accessories or embedded in clothing. The most aggressive approach to this trend is getting the technology tattooed on your skin. Popular brands include higher-end options like Apple Watch or more affordable options like Fitbit. There are even options for swimming, fertility monitoring, and sleep.
- Pro: Allows you to monitor your fitness levels at all times. It’s also hands-free and portable.
- Con: Devices can have short battery life and sometimes the data is inaccurate.
Stretching is often not long enough or even part of most routines. However, recovering faster and smarter is the newest trend as it’s good for you and can help improve your muscle performance. Techniques and options for recovery include tools that were once reserved for professional athletes and physical therapists like a massage gun.
- Pro: Using technology for recovery can improve circulation and increase relaxation.
- Con: If used incorrectly it can cause more harm than good.
Active Videos Games
Video games are no longer a sedentary activity, you can be active while playing some of your favorite games. Just Dance Now, Knockout League, and Pokemon Go are some of the games people are sweating to.
- Pro: It’s fun!
- Con: Limits variety and minimizes social interaction.
Taking any workout outdoors completely changes the dynamic. Sweating under the sun allows for safe social interaction while challenging your body in different ways. Try making a mini obstacle course and make it a point to try it daily.
- Pro: Allows for safe social interaction while challenging your body in different ways.
- Con: Using the outdoors as your personal gym doesn’t appeal to everyone.
Have you tried any of these trends? If not which one are you willing to try?