Fitness Trends in 2021

Fitness trends have been the subject of studies  of ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal® (FIT) for the last 15 years. They have circulated an electronic survey to thousands of professionals around the world to determine health and fitness trends. 

While survey was designed to confirm or to introduce new trends  that will have a perceived positive impact on the industry according to the international respondents, I am sure that such information is also important for people who are looking for new alternatives of being healthy and stay active.

Here are the survey results. 

Top 20 Worldwide Fitness Trends for 2021

It’s obvious, that the big changes within the health fitness industry due to the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the new trend that uses digital streaming technology to deliver group, individual, or instructional exercise programs online. Online training is available 24/7 and can be a live class (live streaming workouts) or prerecorded.

The second place took the wearable technology that includes fitness trackers, smart watches, heart rate monitors, and GPS tracking devices. These devices can be used as a step counter and can track heart rate, body temperature, calories, sitting time, sleep time, and much more.  New innovations include blood pressure, oxygen saturation, and electrocardiogram.

I guess nowadays almost everybody has a watch that helps to measure everyday activity and calories intake. Such devices became one of the most popular choices for a gift. Therefore, it is quite understandable why this position is in second place in popularity.

I also want to draw my attention to a few more positions in this list. As a personal fitness trainer, I noticed that there really is a trend that people who are over 50 and 60 years old come to my classes more and more often.

I am very happy about this. After all, this means that people are living longer, working longer, and remaining healthy and active well into their retirement from work.

 

And the last but not least among the fitness trends is health/wellness coaching. In fact, it’s the main approach of my work now. Health/wellness coaching uses a one-on-one (and at times small group) approach with the coach providing support, goal setting, guidance, and encouragement. The health/wellness coach focuses on the client’s values, needs, vision, and short- and long-term goals using behavior change intervention strategies.

Based on my experience and market analysis, I also have my own vision of fitness trends this year:

1) The Body&Mind fitness approach is becoming more popular. Due to the constant stress present in life, as well as an increase in the time spent sitting at home at computers, TV shows, phones and in the car, more and more people want not just to “tighten up” and get rid of possible discomfort in the back, neck, lower back, but also to relax psychologically, reduce stress levels and become more confident, calmer and more focused. But all this can be achieved with the help of a competent mindful fitness approach. Within the framework of which I carry out my working practice.

 

2) A “smart” holistic approach to fitness. An increasing number of people understand the importance of working on the feet, pelvis, chest, because everything is connected with everything in our body. The phrases “step pattern” or “fascia” are more used and understandable.

 

3) Express workouts and office warm-ups. Short (15-30 minutes), effective and interesting. The distance between life and exercises are getting smaller. We stop dividing the day into work and physical activity. We understand that sitting all day, and only going to the gym in the evening, is not so effective. We introduce exercises into the work process: walking during lunch, working meetings outdoors – all this makes us more conscious and active.

Well, friends, are you trending? I definitely am! And the fact that you are here with me means only one thing: WE WILL GROW AND DEVELOP TOGETHER.

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New 2020 World Health Organization Guidelines

In November 2020, WHO updated its recommendation program on physical activity standards.

One of the reasons for the innovations was the consequences of the pandemic, which led to more stay at home, and therefore the predominance of a sedentary lifestyle.

WHO guidelines and recommendations provide details for different age groups and specific population groups on how much physical activity is needed for good health.

2020 WHO guidelines update previous WHO recommendations released in 2010.

New main WHO statements on physical activity

1.  Some physical activity is better than none.
2.  More physical activity is better for optimal health outcomes.
3.  We should reduce sedentary behaviours.
4. The importance of regularly undertaking both aerobic and muscle strengthening activities.

Benefits of physical activity

Performing physical activity every day has vital influence on health. No matter, what you do, just walking, gardening, dancing or cycling.  Some physical activity is better than staying motionless. By becoming more active throughout the day in relatively simple ways, people can easily achieve the recommended activity levels.

People who are insufficiently active have a 20% to 30% increased risk of death compared to people who are sufficiently active.

Regular physical activity can:

    • improve muscular and cardiorespiratory fitness;
    • improve bone and functional health;
    • reduce the risk of hypertension, coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes, various types of cancer (including breast cancer and colon cancer), and depression;
    • reduce the risk of falls as well as hip or vertebral fractures; and
    • help maintain a healthy body weight.

 

New WHO standarts of physical activity

1.  All adults should undertake 150-300 min of moderate-intensity, or 75-150 min of vigorous-intensity physical activity, or some equivalent combination of moderate-intensity and vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity, per week.

2. Among children and adolescents, an average of 60 min/day of moderate-to-vigorous intensity aerobic physical activity across the week provides health benefits.

3. Regular muscle-strengthening activity for all age groups.

4. Reducing sedentary behaviours is recommended across all age groups and abilities.