Over the last year, we’ve had to constantly hear about how seemingly normal things in our lives are changing to match the, yes, I’m going to say it, “the new normal”. Whether it was how we interacted with our friends and family or how we adapted to working from home, a lot of these changes are a long way from over. The same can be said for the way we exercise! Although gyms may be opening, we aren’t necessarily seeing people rushing back to gyms and fitness centres – could it be that the habits we formed during lockdown are here to stay? Here are 3 fitness trends that seem to be here to stay.
- The Hybrid approach is here to stay.
If there’s one thing that Covid taught us; it’s that we didn’t need to go to an actual gym to stay fit. Over the past year, fitness app downloads have increased by around 46%. Apps such as Strava saw over 1.1 billion (yes, billion with a B) activities uploaded over a 12-month period, which is a 40% increase over the previous year. What do all these numbers tell us? The world of exercise may have changed forever, and it doesn’t show signs of slowing down. At first, people were avoiding gyms out of fear of contracting the virus. However, in the months that have passed, gyms may have opened again but there is still a strong culture of training from home. People are embracing the newfound work-life balance and don’t want to give up any of their precious time by traveling to the gym. With thousands of Apps to choose from and multiple ways to get your summer body ready, why not stay safe and stay at home?
- Rowing is officially a thing!
We kick boxed, we cycled for our souls and now, it’s time we row. “The lack of impact with rowing is incredibly joint-friendly, yet still challenging and effective,” says celebrity trainer Ashley Borden. It may seem like an upper body dominant exercise, but rowing has proven to work up to 86% of your muscles – talk about a full body workout! Rowing studios have rolled out across cities such as New York and Washington and are starting to make their way around the world. Whether you want to row with a group of friends or prefer to suffer in solitude, there are many ways you can enjoy a rowing workout. Apps such as City Row Go and Row Forge are there to assist even the most beginner level of rower build their strength and fitness. So next time you’re feeling the need to get a sweat on and looking for a quick and efficient option that will look after those joints, get yourself on a rower and PULL!
- Post training recovery is just important, maybe even more important than the actual workout.
One thing we have all learnt during this pandemic is that our bodies and our health are absolutely precious, and we need to focus way more on protecting ourselves; not just from outside dangers but internal as well. We all know that feeling after a workout, you’re exhausted and all you want to do is go home and reward yourself for a job well done. Many people simply finish their workouts and leave the gym or pack up their exercise equipment and don’t consider the consequences of their workout. Post training recovery is a vital element in ensuring that your workout doesn’t go to waste. Ever trained so hard that you’ve felt too sore to train for days or even weeks afterwards? Not exactly a great way to stay consistent, is it? Nowadays, fitness and healthcare professionals alike to preaching the importance of ensuring your body recovers from exercise adequately. Now, to some of you, this may not be new information but what is new, is the increase in recovery focussed technology that we are seeing emerge in the past year. Sauna Blankets are an amazing new option to help your muscles repair themselves and even a great way for you to sweat out some extra calories, all from the comfort of your own home. Another post training investment that’s on the rise is a sleep tracker. We’re not talking about your Apple Watch tracking your nap time, we mean actual sleep tracking pads that go under your mattress to measure everything that could possibly affect your sleep. The Withings Sleep Analyzer was recently voted best sleep tracker by VeryWellMind.com.
After assessing 3 of the main global fitness trends at the moment, it’s safe to say that there’s a single common thread to all of this: take care of yourself! Take care of your personal training space, take care of your joints, take care of your body post training and take care of your sleep. Covid has taught us that our health is not always guaranteed and while you may be feeling motivated to shed that lockdown weight, be sure to take care of yourself first.
We also spoke about how eating right can help you curb your cravings, here.