Engaging in physical activities is a great way to maintain your weight and overall health. However, planning a workout routine can be a challenge, especially if you're not a regular gym goer and only learnt how to do sit-ups and push-ups when you started working from home in 2020 in compliance with the government's COVID-19 safety protocols.
Thanks to the experts in the fitness industry, who recently shared the latest exercise and fitness trends of 2021, you can easily maintain your ideal body weight, protect yourself from getting sick and further your fitness journey, whether at the gym or at home. The list below takes you through the recommended workout plans & fitness trends to keep your mind and body in peak condition all year round.
The fitness industry saw a surge in the sales of wearable technologies in 2020 as people started paying more attention to their physical health. Fitness tracking watches will continue to be in high demand this year, and so will sleep tracking and heart rate apps. Fitness technologies used to be only popular among fitness professionals, but things have changed since the introduction of the new normal. These days, many people use fitness apps while working out at home, running around the neighbourhood or sweating it out at the gym.
Even though gyms and other fitness facilities, like yoga and Pilates studios, have reopened to the public following the Australian government's easing of lockdown rules, people's al fresco workout sessions aren't ending anytime soon. Many find their newfound fitness routine, which involves breathing fresh air and biking around the neighbourhood, a refreshing change that supports both their physical and mental health. Moreover, it promotes a sense of community oneness, which is what people need after a year of keeping to themselves.
As with outdoor activities, the popularity of online personal training classes will carry into 2021 as fitness enthusiasts continue with the virtual training programs that they started and learnt to love last year. Developing upper body muscles, performing an exercise for weight loss or enhancing one's flexibility and stamina has never been easier as fitness businesses provide instructor-led online workout classes that anyone can do in the comfort of their home. Additionally, classes can be tailored to meet their fitness levels.
If there's one important thing that people learnt during the pandemic, it's that their health depends on how their minds and bodies work together. Yoga, meditation, breathwork exercises and mindfulness have become an integral part of their everyday workout. The massive benefits of combining intense training with low-impact mind-body exercises to physical and mental health will draw more interest in 2021.
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is one of the major breakthroughs in the fitness industry. It refers to short, intense body weight training programs that run from 3 to 20 minutes. A convenient way for losing weight and building lean muscles with or without any gym equipment, HIIT is all geared up to become the go-to solution of people who want to achieve their ideal weight with fun, daily exercises. Various HIIT programs are available on workout apps such as the 12-Minute Athlete and 7-Minute Workout.
Functional Fitness Training
The risk of injury is high among individuals who lead a sedentary lifestyle or are deskbound. As the majority of people around the world continue to stay home in 2021, the demand for functional fitness exercises increases. Squats, planks, lunges and situps are common functional exercises that support everyday activities like walking, sitting on and rising from a chair, carrying heavy objects or bending to pick something off the ground. Functional fitness training can be done in a gym or at home as it does not require extensive workout equipment.
Exercise is Medicine
Exercise is Medicine has been around for more than a decade now, but it was during the pandemic that this global initiative became a primary component in many healthcare providers' treatment plans. In addition to advising their patients on the importance of incorporating exercise in their everyday activities, medical doctors would refer them to the appropriate exercise professionals like personal trainers or Pilates instructors. The popularity of Exercise is Medicine will continue throughout 2021 as the healthcare industry looks at several ways to support health and wellbeing without relying on synthetic drugs alone.
Everyone wants to stay fit and healthy, but some are not equipped with the knowledge and skills to be. The demand for personal trainers has been on the rise since 2020. People would avail of their services to obtain a specific workout regimen that fits their individual needs and goals. Personal trainers are very flexible as they can deliver their services anywhere that's convenient for their clients, whether it's online, at the gym or in the neighbourhood park.
Wellness coaching has been constantly in the top exercise and fitness trends for 11 consecutive years, but 2021 will see the demand for it skyrocket. A wellness coach develops a treatment plan tailored to the specific health and fitness goals of their client. Wellness coaching does not focus on nutrition or fitness alone, but it is a tool that a person can use to identify their behavioural patterns that hinder them from reaching what they truly desire for in life.
Mobile Workout Apps
Like wearable fitness technologies, mobile apps for fitness junkies are on the rise in 2021. Whether you're looking to lose weight, cook healthier meals or manage a chronic disease with the right exercise routine, you can get the help that you need from the right app. Take actor Chris Hemsworth's Centr for instance. It's a complete fitness app that guides you in planning your training program, carrying out each exercise in the program and meal planning as well. JEFIT, Glo, 8Fit and MyFitness Pal are other must-have workout apps to achieve your fitness goals this year. Look at the features of each app carefully to ensure that they meet your specific needs.
Trying these exercise and fitness trends of 2021 will not only improve your physical and mental health but also make your journey to health and fitness more fun and exciting.