Fitness: What’s trending in 2020?
Fitness trends come and fitness trends go – often with a sigh of relief from many of us! But, if you’re planning to get (or stay) in shape over the next 12 months, here are five solid trends to look forward to in 2020.
It may not be new, but with so many benefits to offer, the group exercise concept is bound to attract plenty of new followers this year. One study published in 2010 in the Journal of Social Sciences clearly illustrated that “participants gravitate towards the behavior (high fit or low fit) of those around them.” So, spending time with fitness-focused individuals in a group environment – whether it be in a spin, aerobic or dance class, playing 5-a-side soccer or at a running club – is bound to have a positive effect on your exercise habits.
What’s more, according to a study conducted by the University of new England and published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, which looked at the impact of group exercise on medical students in particular, “Participation in regular group fitness classes led to a statistically significant decrease in perceived stress and an increase in physical, mental, and emotional QOL (quality of life) compared with exercising regularly on one’s own or not engaging in regular exercise.”
And then of course, there are the other benefits like the accountability that group training offers, the motivation that participants provide to one another, and the fact that we naturally push ourselves further and harder when we’re training with others.
Working out at home has come a long way since the days of bulky treadmills stashed in a corner of the lounge (and providing more value as a coat rack/storage unit if we’re perfectly honest). These days, it’s possible to have a gym-worthy workout at home (or in your hotel room) thanks to the rise of smart hardware and apps like Peloton and Mirror, which live stream workouts – everything from spin to yoga and dance – led by some of the world’s top instructors straight into your lounge or hotel room.
Much like exercise, mindfulness aims to minimise stress and maximise relaxation. So, is it any surprise that the two are becoming more and more connected? If you’re wondering what this will look like, expect a move towards pre- and post-workout meditation as well as a greater focus on your overall wellbeing as it relates to your training. In other words, anticipate having to consider your nutrition, sleep patterns and mental health to ensure that you’re getting the most out of your training time. Wearable tech and apps will again prove invaluable in helping you track your health and implement changes where necessary – although tech training aids aren’t for everyone, as the next point explains…
As much as technology is set to continue playing a huge role in fitness, those in the know are predicting a shift – for some – to a disconnected training environment. In other words, instead of using tech to help you track your progress, meet your milestones and provide the soundtrack to your workout, switching off your devices will enable you to focus on your body as you work out and relax and recharge your mind.
While high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts have been popular for some time, it looks like they will continue to grow in 2020. Why? Because in the on-the-go, on-the-double world we live in, there’s not always enough time for exercise, and being able to pull off a high intensity workout in under 20 minutes in your house, apartment or hotel room, is gold. However, as the call to be kind to yourself grows louder and trainers focus on improving the way we move our bodies when we exercise (another trend for 2020), expect to see a shift to high-intensity, low-impact training (HILIT) which provides all the calorie-busting, metabolism-boosting, cardiac-strengthening benefits of HIIT, without placing stress and strain on the joints.
Getting fit in the city
Harbour Arch is Cape Town’s first large-scale, inner-city, mixed-use precinct. Perfectly positioned in the vibrant CBD, it offers quick and easy access to Virgin Active Foreshore as well as several scenic urban running routes, making it an ideal address for anyone prioritising their health and wellbeing.