When you think of a 1980's fitness trend, you might think of Jane Fonda and aerobics classes. But what will you think of when you look back on the 2010's? In no particular order, here are some of the fitness trends that we think defined the decade.
Fitness made fun! More and more people are opting out of traditional gym experiences for group fitness classes. Not only are these exciting and diverse ways to train, but they can help increase workout motivation. One of the most common group exercise formats to come out of this decade has been high-intensity interval training (HIIT), popular for providing a tough workout in shorter class time.
This decade, working out the mind in addition to working out the body grew in popularity as studies began to prove its importance. Practicing meditation can help people be more in tune with their bodies and how they are feeling. With new apps like Calm and Headspace, it is becoming more common for people to practice meditation and mindfulness regularly.
Health and exercise technology offers many ways to track and monitor your fitness. From apps with workout plans and calorie tracking to body monitoring devices that track heart rate and sleep patterns, technology is helping people stay on track and motivated. Two popular brands released their first wearable fitness trackers just a few years ago - Fitbit's first iteration was released in 2013 and Apple came out with their Watch in 2015. Tools like this are a fitness trend that can be used by all levels.
Active apparel went mainstream this decade and got the name athleisure. No longer just gear dedicated to specific fitness sports, the variety and styles of activewear have resulted in more people wearing them for day to day life outside of the gym. The sports leisure trend boosted existing active brands, spurred new brands devoted entirely to workout clothes, and resulted in existing brands creating new athleisure lines. Athletic wear has even influenced footwear as sneakers are becoming one of the largest footwear categories.
Supplements will always have their place in the fitness world but this decade they came more holistic. Cannabidiol or CBD has several health benefits for the fitness community. In addition to helping with recovery by relieving inflammation and soreness, CBD helps flight both physical and mental tension. CBD can also help improve sleep, another valuable element of recovery.
Meal prep companies with pre-made meals kept popping up this decade, catering to those who are too busy to cook for themselves but who want to still eat healthy. With options for all lifestyles and dietary restrictions, including meatless, vegan, paleo, keto, and more, the meal plans are customizable based on an individual's goals. Menus include breakfast, lunch, and dinner options for as much flexibility as you might need. These options provide all the convenience without the guilt.
Can you believe Instagram only launched as an iOS app in 2010, and it wasn't available on Androids until 2012?! The rise of Instagram led to the rise of the Instagram influencer. Posting workouts and motivation fitness content, these influencers have created a new brand of marketing. Whether certified personal trainers or amateur athletes, Instagram created a space to share their workouts and create more business opportunities. Fitness on social media has helped to make health and wellness more readily available through communities like BBG and even our own STAY FIT 305 community here in South Florida.
Working out from home was revamped this decade. Thanks to companies like Peloton and The Mirror, home fitness is also bringing an element of group fitness to your living room. Not only are these streaming workouts convenient and accessible, but they can be fun and interactive with online communities and live class options. Additionally, there are subscription workouts at all price levels such as Sweat, BeachBody On-Demand, and Tone It Up.
It's been an active decade filled with new advancements in technology, increased reach for fitness professionals, and wellness focus beyond the gym. Ten years ago, we could have never predicted what are now mainstream elements to fitness. We can't wait to see what fitness trends the next decade will bring!