2021 is finally over - and a new year brings new opportunities!
Let's be honest - we were all challenged by the constant up's and down's of the pandemic last year. Between getting adjusted to new rules and maintaining our sanity, health and fitness unfortunately took a backseat for many people. While January usually marks an attempt to turn things around by signing up for a gym membership - things might be different this year as gyms are currently closed in BC for in-person training.
But we cannot risk the long-term consequences of being inactive. That's is why it's more important than ever to find new & creative ways to stay healthy this year.
Luckily, from what I've read, the trends for 2022 seem to focus on a more enjoyable and holistic approach to fitness. This could shake things up enough to even grab the most exercise-adverse human's attention.
It's time to put 'fun' back into functional fitness!
My 5 Fitness Trends for 2022
1) Online training is here to stay
Given the fact that gym closures may happen at any time, I'm certain online training via Zoom will stick around. It offers a convenient way to work out from home with help of your trainer or the support of other class participants. The good news is that you need minimal equipment and space. Remember, you can still support your local gym by signing up for their online classes instead of cookie-cutter offerings from larger corporations.
2) Outdoor activities will make a come-back
Since we are spending more time at home in front of our computers, I'm really rooting for outdoor activities to make a huge come-back during the spring and summer months. Not only is being outdoors good for your body, it's also good for your mental well-being.
3) Mind-body connection to create better habits
Exercise alone might only get you so far if the rest of your lifestyle doesn't reflect your desire to become healthier. When you fine-tune your mind-body connection, you're increasing your odds of becoming a healthier being. Addressing topics like sleep, food and mental mindset in addition to your workout routine will help you implement good habits for life (not just for your next short-term goal).
4) Micro workouts will challenge the status quo
I think it's important to mention that a workout doesn't always have to be one hour long. It has become the norm because it's convenient for the fitness industry and it also makes it worth a trip to the gym. But since you might be setting up a home-gym anyway, take advantage of shorter, more frequent workouts. A micro workout (five to fifteen minutes) is all you need to stretch, get up and move between Zoom calls or get out for a walk in your lunch break. Trust me, you are more likely to carve out a few minutes of your day than dedicating a full hour. This will set you up for a routine which increases the odds for you to exercise at all.
5) Enjoy movement with games
Exercise doesn't always have to be boring and serious. This year is all about what brings joy to you and your body. Any movement is better than none and including games and/or team activities can be a refreshing alternative to the usual gym visit. I love getting my dice out and let fate decide what my workout will look like that day. Maybe on your next run, see how many benches you can spot and squeeze in three squats every time you see one. Shake things up, be creative, be playful - life is too short for boring workouts!
Health and Fitness have always played an important role in my life.