A focus on fitness is something that has been trending upwards over the past few years. With this renewed focus on living a more active life now in full swing, 2020 is poised to bring a number of exciting new fitness trends. If you have decided to make 2020 the year that you get in shape and begin living a more fit and active lifestyle, here are five new fitness trends that you can take advantage of.
In the end, burning calories and getting in shape is going to require you to depart from the online world and start exercising. With that said, though, online apps designed to help you reach your fitness goals are becoming a major trend in fitness, and for good reason; fitness apps can serve as a powerful source of motivation as well as a great way to keep track of your progress. Best of all, there is certainly no shortage of apps to choose from, enabling you to select an app that is specifically suited to your personality and your fitness goals.
Yoga for Fitness
There was a time not too long ago when yoga was used primarily as a way of improving mindfulness and mental well-being. While yoga still certainly offers these benefits, more and more people are now choosing to take advantage of yoga for its physical benefits as well. According to numerous studies – including this 2012 study – yoga is able to improve physical fitness in a wide range of areas, meaning that signing up for a yoga class is one of the best things that you can do for both your physical and mental health.
A hundred years ago, staying in shape was barely a concern for most people since the majority of men and women alike spent many hours each day outdoors performing physical activities. Today, of course, we venture outdoors far less than we used to in the past. However, outdoor fitness is a trend that seeks to help reverse this retreat indoors. Outdoor fitness includes things such as hiking, running, rock climbing, and any other intensive outdoor activity that will burn calories and get you out of the house, and these outdoor activities are becoming an increasingly popular way to stay in shape.
Fitness on the Go
If you don’t have time in your schedule for regular trips to the gym or outdoor fitness adventures, don’t fret; fitness on the go is a concept that more and more people are taking advantage of and one that enables you to live an active lifestyle even when your lifestyle doesn’t leave much room for long periods of exercise. Simply stopping to do a few sit-ups every couple hours, walking where you can instead of driving, taking the stairs, and other non-time-consuming activities can help you take positive steps toward your fitness goals without eating up large blocks of your schedule.
One of the biggest problems that many people have with fitness is the fact that lifting weights or running on a treadmill isn’t all that entertaining or stimulating. Enter activity-based fitness, which is a somewhat recent trend designed to make getting in shape more fun and stimulating. Fitness kickboxing, spin classes, indoor cycling, and Zumba are all examples of activity-based fitness where getting in shape is disguised as an entertaining and enjoyable activity.
In 2020, living a more fit and active lifestyle is something that can take many forms. If the traditional route of signing up for a gym membership doesn’t appeal to you, the five fitness trends outlined above present a great opportunity to approach fitness in an exciting new way.