If the year 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that our health takes priority.
In addition to the many societal changes of last year, the way we exercise has changed, too. With more people staying at home without access to gyms, the fitness landscape has transformed dramatically.
This year, 2021 we can expect to see even more changes to fitness culture. Industry experts are predicting huge shifts, so you may wonder what this year has in store.
Here are the top 7 fitness trends predicted for the year
1. Home gyms
According to a recent poll of 2,000 people by OnePoll, 75% of people believe it’s easier to stay fit at home. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began in early 2020, 64% of respondents stated that they’re more interested in at-home exercise than ever before.
As the uncertainty of the pandemic continues into 2021, it’s anticipated that most people will stick with at-home workouts, dedicating living space to
Though using a home gym works for some people, many don’t have enough space. What’s more, it’s possible to get in a good workout without spending a penny.
Going forward, expect to see more people utilising free YouTube videos and exercise apps to guide them through workouts. Many of these exercises require minimal or no equipment and use your body weight for resistance.
3. Luxe indoor gyms
Gym and boutique fitness studio closures during the pandemic led to a surge in sales of high-end workout equipment.
In fact, the treadmill and stationary bike company Peloton experienced a 232% increase in sales during the first quarter of 2020. Though these exercise machines require an initial investment, they’re hugely popular and highly rated.
Affluent customers are expected to create customized, fully equipped home gyms replete with items like high-end treadmills, stationary bikes, row machines, and workout mirrors.
As people become savvier about workouts, they’re using post-workout time to recover faster and enhance performance. Access to top-of-the-line recovery tools once reserved for professional athletes and physical therapists are making their way into homes.
Sales of products that soothe sore or tight muscles, improve circulation, and increase relaxation are expected to increase in 2021, just as they did the year prior.
Furthermore, people are increasingly focused on whole-body wellness, which involves treating all aspects of health, such as exercise, nutrition, sleep, stress, and mindfulness.
As such, they’ll be looking for products, apps, and tools to help them track their progress, sleep better, and improve overall well-being.
5. Wearable devices
Wearable devices have soared in popularity over the past decade. In fact, it’s predicted that by 2022 over 900 million people will wear these devices. By 2025, the industry is expected to be worth over $70 billion.
People will rely on these devices to provide detailed information about their health, sleep habits, and recovery, alongside personalized recommendations.