Definitions of wellness and fitness continue to change and are encompassing a lot more than just "being in shape". In Mindbody's 2022 Fitness Trends Report, they highlight some of the trends they are expecting for this year based on a survey of over 16,000 Americans. Here are five takeaways.
1. The understanding that wellness is mental, physical, and spiritual
78% of people say wellness is more important than ever
Wellness now encompasses a whole lot more than just being in shape. It includes reducing stress and finding a sense of community and belonging. It spans mental, physical, and spiritual dimensions and people are now prioritized mental wellness above them all.
2. More recognition that physical health plays a large role in mental health
77% of people say being physically active helps their mental health
To the majority, a workout is not just a workout. While working out used to be primarily about weight loss and living a long life, the top reasons people workout today are to reduce stress, feel better mentally, and look better physically.
3. Immune health continues to be top of mind
46% of people are interested in trying new services or treatments that support immune health
Almost half of people are interested in more immune-boosting services and education on topics like nutrition, sleep, and stress reduction. There is also an interest in trying new things in general.
4. Virtual fitness can exist with in-person classes
35% of people started going to an in-person fitness class they discovered through virtual fitness
For many, virtual workouts are an extension of a brand they’re already engaging with. In fact, 25% of those who participate in virtual workouts do so with the gym or studio they currently attend.
5. More people are prioritizing recovery
44% of people say recovery is important
While men are more likely to engage in recovery services than women, almost half of participants agree that recovery is an important part of any wellness routine.
Do you agree with these sentiments? To read the entire report, click here.