Walking, running, trail running and cycling are all options. People will continue to immerse themselves in nature through 2021. It’s not that you can only go outside once per day, but it is something that makes you want to be outdoors, in the fresh air and surrounded by green. Fitness classes are becoming more common with every passing day.
There’s something for everyone, whether you choose to hike on one of the most beautiful routes in the UK or try trail running (it’s way more enjoyable than it sounds). A 2019 Nature study found that even a 20-minute walk outside per day can lower stress hormones, improve mood, and increase self-esteem.
Although outdoor classes are not allowed at the moment, we predict that they will soon be very popular once there is a third UK lockdown lift. Studio owners on ClassPass saw a 400% increase last year in outdoor classes.
You don’t have to go to the gym but you can still get outside. Are you feeling low on fitness motivation? We think it’s time to take on a challenge.
Virtual races will be more popular in 2021. These races can include running 5km, 10km, or half-marathons, ultra-marathon distances, cycling challenges, and even mastering the first five pull-ups.
Why? They’re an easy way to stay motivated while you spend most of your time at work. You’ll feel motivated to run your next 5k personal best if you set yourself a challenge. This is how people will continue to run this year. They will be focusing on their fitness and self-improvement in any way possible.
In 2021, ultra-marathons will be more popular than ever. People want to challenge themselves to prove their abilities and raise money for worthy charities. UltraX is ready to make its 2021 qualifier virtual. You have the freedom to choose your course but you also have to source your fuel, water, and assistance if you get into trouble. Stay safe and sensible.
2. Flexible fitness classes and smarter virtual classes
You spent the majority of 2020 online working out. You’ll also be doing a lot of virtual workouts this year, but smarter. We mean: You can get apps, plans, or programs that will make it easier to exercise as hard as you do at your favorite spin class.
Apps like FIIT offer personalized workouts that are almost as personal as you can get. A subscription includes a heart rate monitor so that you can see how hard you are pushing yourself. You can also schedule classes with fellow FIIT members to take their classes simultaneously. You don’t need any equipment? These apps offer the most skilled trainers available, ready to push your limits.
Accessing fitness online from your living room is an essential feature right now. But it’s just as important to make sure you get a good workout. Flexible fitness classes are a growing trend. This one is for moms and dads who work while also managing childcare. It’s better to take five, ten, or twenty minutes to exercise or stretch before, during, or after work. Even small wins are better than none.
3.Personal training remotely
Do you think one-on-one personal training is impossible? Thanks to Zoom and PT’s clever ways of approaching virtual training, this is no longer true. Although 2021 may not seem like a time for a change for you – as we mentioned in our Dry Jan article, the mid-global pandemic is not the right time to be under pressure – it could be the perfect time for others to make the most of their free time.
Your personal trainer is available to assist you at home. It’s a fun fact that celebrities have used Zoom PT for years to keep their workouts on the road. If you are looking for help with achieving your fitness goals, book a consultation. It will be a worthwhile investment.
4.Digital wellbeing and mindfulness are increasing
If you feel like you are spending too much time online in 2020, you’re not the only one. Thanks to COVID-19 and other online services, work, leisure, working out, as well as doctor’s visits, were all largely done online. This trend is unlikely to change.
This is why 2021 will see new tech habits, with a strong emphasis on mindfulness digital wellness. People will seek to disconnect from the digital world by switching from online to offline. You can do it as easy as putting your laptop in a box at the end of your working day.
FYI: Apple now allows you to set a time limit for your apps. We recommend that you limit your Instagram usage, stat. It also offers a screen-time round-up at each week’s end. People will start paying more attention to these numbers and taking action in 2021. These figures have too many implications for your mental well-being to be ignored.
Mental fitness classes are just as important as physical. We all know this. Another important task you can do online is therapy. Therapy Counselors often have to work online. This means that you can talk with them. You can talk to someone online via Zoom, phone calls, or video link instead of meeting in person.
According to a JMIR Mental Health survey, many people seem to be encouraged by the ease and non-invasive nature of e-therapy and fitness classes. There are many reasons why the NHS recommends talking therapy. If you have low mood, anxiety, trauma, or any other symptoms, BetterHelp can help you find the right therapist.
Don’t be afraid of reaching out to someone in need, especially in a year when stress levels and mental health problems will only rise.
After yet another round of Zoom calls, your eyes will need some extra TLC. 2020 was all about jade rolling. This year, you can enter the stage right and do eye yoga. It is ideal for those who are tired from working on their laptops. You don’t know what eye yoga is? According to Chatty Dobson (yoga teacher, owner of Flex Chelsea), eye yoga is a small movement that moves and massages the eyes and surrounding muscles. This helps to release tension.
Dobson suggests that you should do less when exercising your eyes. You can use small movements like looking up, down, and left for 10 seconds each. Also, gently knead the brow bone and ‘palming,’ which involves putting your hands over your eyes. These are all very effective and quick to do, she says.
You’ll also see improvements in posture, mobility, and stretching on your Instagram feed. New glasses and an ergonomic chair, anyone?
7.Natural remedies for anxiety
At the moment, we live in an anxiety-inducing environment. Even those who are not usually prone to this condition may feel a low mood, stomach butterflies, or restlessness. The answer is 2021. CBD, nootropics, and natural remedies are all possible. These are no longer fringe wellness remedies. They are mainstream and ready to boost your zen.
Pure Sport CBD, a British brand, saw a 400% rise in sales in 2020. Companies like London Nootropics also saw an increase in interest in high-quality adaptogens from all over the globe. In other words, 2021 is the year that natural remedies will become more accessible and easier to use. It’s good enough to be used in Ayurvedic or Asian medicine. Watch this space.
8.Wearable tech gets even more fashionable
As we’ve said, everyone loves running and will continue to love it in 2021. How will running evolve to meet the demands of runners? This is how you can get even more wearable tech.
NURVV Runner is a smart device that provides unique insight for runners. Each insole has 16 sensors that measure the speed of your feet and determine your pronation.
You might not be interested in this? Tracking across multiple platforms will be the focus of 2021, whether it’s your step count or sleep stats.
Lockdown 3.0 makes you feel isolated and is preventing you from joining your group spin classes. 2021 promises many AI and virtual reality options to get you moving. These include HIIT classes in sunny Australia, cycling in Amsterdam, and even cycling in Australia. Zwift and BitGym are two great examples. They will transport you to beautiful places around the globe for your workout. You don’t have time to go on holiday? No problem.
Are you not keen to work out in a different city from your living room? You can join us for a live workout from your favorite classes all around the world. Are you looking to get back in touch with your favorite yoga or Pilates studio? Or are you curious about how they work and what their results look like further afield? This is your chance to give it a try. Look for silver linings.
We believe that less-is-more, which is in line with the little-and-often fitness approach we discussed at the beginning of this article, will be the guiding principle for the 2021 meditation scene. Meditation offers a way to find some peace and calm right now and it is as helpful as fitness classes. The only problem is that it can be intimidating, especially if it’s your first time.
This is where micro mindfulness and meditation can be integrated into your daily life. Every morning, a 15-minute walk, mindful breathing, and small acts of kindness count.
Are you ready to get started? Are you ready to start? Fun fact: Studies have shown that even three minutes of meditation per day can lead to positive effects.