We’re two-thirds of the way through 2020, and what a year it has been! We’ve been devastated by a pandemic and shocked by environmental disasters. But lockdown hasn’t been all bad; we’ve had more time at home with family, we’ve gotten to know our neighbors better, and we’ve had more time to focus on ourselves. With all the extra time at home, many of us have been motivated to work out.
With the stigmas and taboos changing around mental health and more people speaking up about their battle, it’s becoming more well known that exercise helps improve your mood. As I wrote in The Inner Runner, exercise helps your mind as much as your physical health. There has never been a more exciting time to start getting into fitness. Whatever your reasons and whatever your goals, whether you’re into superhero workouts, Barre classes, or Impossible Burger eating contests, there is definitely something for you to fall in love with.
Wearable technology has been on the up since 2016, and because technology is evolving so quickly, there’s always something new on the market. Wearable tech, such as fitness trackers, smartwatches, heart monitors, and GPS-tracking devices are only the tip of the iceberg. With companies desperately experimenting with connected clothing, it’s definitely a trend that’s here to stay.
High-intensity interval training
This method, involving short bursts of high-intensity exercise followed by a short period of rest, continues to be popular across the world. Research has shown that high-intensity interval training can produce significant reductions in body fat. With workouts generally 30 minutes or less, it’s a popular choice for a quick workout that’ll make a difference.
Working out at home used to mean spending a fortune on treadmills and elliptical machines. And then getting angry at yourself because you couldn’t find the motivation to use them. It was boring, and ultimately they just became another place to hang your clothes. Like wearable technology, the at-home workout tech has changed so much. If you couldn’t afford a treadmill or elliptical machine, you were restricted to watching the same DVD over and over again as you pranced around copying the moves to a celebrity workout. Now, at the push of a button, you can access live workouts right from your home.
While there has been a shift in the way we think and feel about exercise, more people are doing it for mindfulness and as daily practice to improve their mental health. After lockdown eased, so many were desperate to get back into the gym. While working out solo can be good for the mind, we’re still human; people need people, and group workouts are a great way to feel motivated and good about what you’re doing.