Last updated on January 16th, 2023 at 07:48 pm
Congratulations if you’ve recently played a game of pickleball, put on your inline skates for the first time since you were a teenager, or went on a hot female walk.
You participated in some of the most popular fitness fads of 2022, and you probably have some good memories to show for it.
However, as the year draws to a close, it’s time to start anticipating what will inspire you in the next months.
What you need to know about the workouts, recuperation techniques, training styles, and other things you’ll be seeing are outlined below along with predictions for the main fitness trends of 2023.
Workouts in virtual reality
It’s no longer acceptable to drag out an IRL workout at a dismal basement gym.
As these high-tech headsets and devices become more common, virtual reality (VR) workouts will become commonplace by 2023.
The market for augmented reality and VR products and services is expected to reach $80.6 billion by 2029, and Apple is thought to be making a VR headset in that year.
Meanwhile, software firms continue to release new applications that turn exercising into a game.
VR exercises have gotten a lot better recently, both in terms of how they look and how hard they are to do.
You can now do things like cut musical notes in Beat Saber or climb mountains in The Climb.
People are looking for exercises to improve their posture because weak postural muscles are making them look bad (think tech neck and dowager’s hump).
Exercises to improve posture are the antidote to a WFH lifestyle because they build and strengthen the muscles that support your spine and lumbopelvic hip complex (your lumbar spine, pelvis, and hips), which are important for keeping you upright.
Primal movement is a term for the natural movements that people have been doing for hundreds or even thousands of years.
These movements include crawling, lunging, reaching, pushing, and more. This is another of Pinterest’s top 2023 fitness trends.
Forget about difficult workouts that don’t mimic actual movements; after all, when was the last time you saw someone perform a Turkish get-up?
Think of primal movement as a subset of functional training, which teaches your body how to do the movements it needs to do every day.
Add squats, deadlifts, bear crawls, and farmer’s carries to your routines to join the trend, which is really more of a return to the fundamentals than a passing fad.
Churches Will Be Replaced by Gyms
My favorite trend for the year is the rise in popularity of “third spaces” that focus on health and fitness.
Clubs for members only, climbing gyms, and wellness studios that focus on fitness try to bring back a sense of community.
According to Gallup, 30% of millennials and Gen Z do not identify as religious.
The percentage of Americans who attend church has lately dropped below 50% for the first time.
Younger people are more likely to go to the church of wellness because they are less interested in traditional religion and are becoming more suspicious of social groups.
Most people no longer honor safety precautions; therefore, those who are missing out on human interaction are heading outside in quest of identity and happiness.
Sports for Women Rise:
The year 2022 has once again demonstrated the strength and potential of women’s sports.
Eileen Gu and Chloe Kim won the gold medal, the Tour de France Femmes made its debut, and Keira D’Amato and Emily Sisson set new marathon marks for the United States.
The WNBA is attracting more viewers and money, while in England, more people are attending Women’s Super League matches than they were a year ago.
People came together to support efforts to repatriate Brittney Griner and to honour Serena Williams’ transition away from tennis, but they also demanded changes to the National Women’s Soccer League and collegiate running.
It has been demonstrated that people care about women’s sports and think female athletes ought to get better.
A number of new novels (cough, cough) and the Women’s World Cup will also keep women at the forefront of discussion.
The Greenwashes Will Clean Up
The Pull Agency says that almost half of Brits think it’s clear that the wellness business is “greenwashing,” or making it look like they care about the environment when they don’t.
Houghton says that more businesses will “spend a lot of money on natural capital,” such as by helping projects that promote regeneration.
According to Soong, whose business is a B Corp, certain health businesses “exploit aware consumers.”
She recommends customers look for references to respectable organizations like Climate Partners and Sea Trees.
Cycling Will Quicken Its Renaissance
Researchers at Mintel note a trend for “fake commutes,” as the WFH population uses runs and rides to bookend their workdays.
Bike and e-bike sales reached a UK high of £1.25 billion in 2021, £400 million more than in 2019.
Because of worries about climate change and high transportation costs, the #The cyclelife movement is likely to grow.
Initiatives like adult bike riding workshops and free bike loans are even being funded by a new government pilot project on the recommendation of a GP.
Tempted by an e-bike but unsure of your ability to afford it?
A new e-bike conversion kit from the British startup employs a specifically constructed disc brake rotor to power a standard road bike.
Exercise as a Tool for Mental Health
To put it gently, the past few years have been challenging, so it’s become crucial to identify strategies for giving mental health and self-care top priority.
Even if getting a facial or taking a bubble bath is a form of rest and recovery, more and more people are turning to exercise.
Exercise has been shown to improve your mood, lessen anxiety and depression, help you sleep better, and even improve your thinking.
But even if you don’t think about the exercise’s well-known health benefits, you’ll still find people doing it to meet new people, relax, work on personal goals, and feel more confident about the coming year.