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2023 Fitness Forecast: Stay Ahead Of The Curve With These Trends

The fitness industry is constantly evolving. Over the last century, we have seen huge developments turning it into a multi-billion conglomeration that is an integral part of our lives. After the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been significant changes in the fitness industry. Since then, many fitness trends have been forced upon us thanks to the unique circumstances we experienced.

In this post, we dive deep into the fitness trends that will allow you to stay ahead of the curve.

Fitness Wearables

Fitness wearables refer to devices designed to be worn throughout the day. Also known as smartwatches and fitness trackers, fitness wearables have evolved dramatically since the introduction of the Fitbit in 2009. More and more people are concerned with how their bodies work hence the need to get wearables to check the progress of their training program.

Devices like the Apple Watch and the Oura Ring allow you to monitor your stress hormone response, blood oxygen levels, and detailed sleep parameters. New wearables go beyond providing the raw data and presenting it in practical ways that anyone can understand.

Hybrid Memberships And Online Workouts

Many gymgoers got a taste of online fitness during the lockdown. There is an ease and convenience that comes with fitting online workouts into your daily schedules. The online fitness trend is set to continue even after many people can return to the gym. There is an increase in demand for in-person and online gym sessions.

Gyms offering more discounted hybrid memberships will place themselves ahead of the curve. Some gyms will promote a limed number of personal visits and an unlimited online group session in a week for about half the cost of a regular membership.

Outdoor Fitness

After being forced to spend a lot indoors during the lockdown, many people have yearned to spend as much time as they can outside. For most people, working out in the confines of the four walls hold little to no appeal. This has resulted in an increased interest in outdoor activities. The most popular outdoor activities include jogging, hiking, cycling, or Bootcamp-style group fitness classes.

Mini Workouts

Rather than working out for a whole hour, many people now go to smaller workout sessions but more frequently. These might consist of the 15 minutes sessions spread throughout the day.

While some people find the shorter workouts great for their daily schedules, others will focus on one body part per session and recover for a few hours before hitting another body part rather than performing all the exercises together. Fitness professionals are now designing a range of mini workouts for their clients at home.

Mindfulness

After the pandemic and the war in Eastern Europe, there is general compounding stress and uneasiness in the world. This has led to many fitness enthusiasts focusing on their mental health. The concept of mindfulness started trending a few years ago and has never gone away. This year the year many people are turning to mindful meditation to cope with stress. This will eventually flow over to many people taking meditative exercises such as Pilates and yoga.

Exercise as Medicine

Also spurred by the pandemic, many people are now focused on the inner health of the body rather than the outward appearance. Fitness experts are now shifting their mindset and emphasizing a healthy immune system rather than bulging biceps.

Wellness Coaching

There has been massive growth in wellness coaching in the past few months, and the trend is set to continue. These coaches work with clients to develop a personal wellness blueprint and then guide them on implementing it. Coaches will often meet their clients once or twice a week for an average of 40 minutes every session.

Closing

2023 will see many people returning to the gym with the retention of outdoor and online training options. Fitness professionals are also adjusting their services to cater to fitness trends.

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