Top 10 World’s Best Fitness Trends to Know in 2021

Top 10 World's Best Fitness Trends to Know in 2021

Today, we will share with you the Top 10 World’s Best Fitness Trends to Know in 2021. The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic changed everything. But a new year on the horizon means fresh health and wellness goals. The year 2021 could be the perfect time to reset and restore our motivation and identify what we want to get out of our fitness journey. Although the coronavirus pandemic changed how we engage in those activities, ‘fitness’ is integral to everyone’s life.

Fitness trends come and go as they don’t last long. Even when you read this, health clubs, gymnasiums, and fitness camps are closing or, at the very best, restructuring their services. During this COVID-19 pandemic season, many were a slave to their beds and televisions. But, from now onwards, you must find the need to step away and get active to cope with the long-term break.

So now, here are the Top 10 World’s Best Fitness Trends to Know in 2021:

TOP 10: Personal Training

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Personal training is the 10th trend in our list of the top 10 most important fitness trends for January 2021. One-on-one training continues to be a strong trend as the profession, or personal activity becomes more accessible online, in health clubs, at home, and at other worksites with fitness facilities.

Personal trainers are fitness specialists who can help to ensure that you’re doing exercises properly. As they encourage and motivate you, they can also teach new skills, fine-tune your form, change routines to beat boredom, and safely push you to the next level. According to the surveys, personal training was the eighth trend in 2018 and 2019, the fifth in 2020, and the tenth in 2021.

TOP 9: Fitness Programs for Older Adults

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Regular exercise can help older adults stay independent and prevent many health problems with age. They can still benefit from fitness programs as much as the younger generations. Many studies found that physical activities were the number one contributor to longevity, adding extra years to old lives. Fitness programs for older adults were the no. 9th trend in 2018, no. 4 in 2019, and no. 8 in 2020. This trend continues to stress the fitness needs of the old generations.

TOP 8: Strength Training with Free Weights

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Relying exclusively on machines for strength training may limit sports performance and increase injury risk during sports activities. In strength training, the instructor teaches the proper form for each exercise, progressively increasing the resistance to accomplish the correct form.

Free weights are an excellent alternative to machines for strength and fitness. Lifting weight increases muscle size, strength, power, and endurance, and burns calories while increasing body density. Free weights such as dumbbells and medicine bells are better. In 2020, training with free weights was the 4th fitness trend. We can create much more special training by using free weights than machines.

TOP 7: Exercise is Medicine (EIM)

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The American Medical Association (ACSM) and the American College of Sports Medicine partnered on a global initiative called ‘Exercise is Medicine.’ The vision encourages primary care physicians and other healthcare providers to assess every patient’s level of physical activity at each clinic.

In addition, EIM recognizes fitness professionals as a part of the healthcare team in their local communities. The ACSM based the EIM initiative on the belief that exercise is crucial in preventing and treating diseases. That patient’s physical activity should be regularly assessed and prescribed, just like other treatments.

TOP 6: Virtual Training

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Virtual training means using group exercise with technology, offering workouts designed for ease and convenience to suit schedules and needs. 2021 is the first time virtual training has appeared separately from virtual online training. Virtual training is a training method in which a trainer uses a virtual environment to show specific skills to help others learn.

One of the significant benefits that virtual training offers is its ability to overcome geographical obstacles. This allows people to access trainers that would have otherwise been impossible. The real power of virtual training is it provides learning for all, no matter where they are in the world.


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High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is a form of interval training, a cardiovascular exercise strategy alternating short periods of intense anaerobic exercise with less-intense recovery periods exhausted to continue. HIIT involves fast burning of intense exercise alternated with low-intensity recovery periods. Interestingly, it is perhaps the most time-efficient way to exercise. Typically, HIIT will range from 10 to 30 minutes in duration.

Despite how short the workout is, it can produce health benefits like twice as much moderate-intensity exercise. And also, HIIT can burn a lot of calories in a short amount of time. It can help you lose fat. You might gain muscles using HIIT while improving oxygen consumption. This also reduces heart rate, blood pressure, and blood sugar too. In the surveys, HIIT is among the top five fitness trends between 2014-2020.

TOP 4: Outdoor Activities

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Perhaps because of the COVID-19 pandemic, more outdoor activities such as small group walks, group rides, or organized hiking groups have become popular. They can be short events, daylong activities, or planned weeklong hiking excursions. Participants can meet in a local park, hiking area, or on a bike trail, typically with an assigned leader.

Those who exercise outside have higher energy levels and are less stressed than those who exercise indoors. Outdoor activities have many excellent mental health benefits too. Outdoor activities like hiking, trail running, mountain biking, surfing, and rock climbing are incredible endurance and strength workouts that improve your coordination and focus. You can burn up to 500 calories per hour while hiking. Trail running burns 1000 calories per hour. Rock climbing burns between 500-900 calories per hour.

TOP 3: Body Weight Training

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Weight training can help tone your muscles, improve your appearance, and fight age-related muscle loss. It is a type of strength training that uses weight for resistance. Weight training stresses the muscles to adapt and get stronger, similar to how aerobics conditioning strengthens the heart.

Anyone can perform weight training with free weight or by using machines. It uses minimal equipment, making it more affordable. Not limited to just push-ups and pull-ups, this trend allows people to set back to the basics with fitness. You don’t need a gym membership or special equipment to build strength, and you can get a good workout wherever you are. You can achieve greater results by using your own body as a resistance training tool.

TOP 2: Wearable Technology

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Wearable technology has been the no.1 trend since it was first introduced in the surveys in 2016, except in 2018 and 2021. It includes fitness trackers, smartwatches, heart rate monitors, and GPS-tracking devices. These devices can be used as a step counter and track heart rate, body temperature, calories, sitting time, sleep time, and much more.

People often use wearable technology to monitor a user’s health. Given that such a device is in close contact with the user, it can easily collect data. In the last decades, it has shown rapid growth in textile-based research, tattoos, patch, and contact lenses. Wearable technology is used for physical training, monitoring overall physical health, and alerting to severe medical conditions. It is a trend with the rapid development of information and communication technology.

TOP 1: Online Training

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Online Training topped our Top 10 World’s Best Fitness Trends in 2021. Virtual online training was first introduced on the annual survey in 2019 and debuted at no. 3 before dropping to no. 26 in 2020. The significant changes within the health fitness industry due to the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the temporary closure of fitness clubs worldwide, forcing innovative delivery of classes.

Online training is like having a coach without face time. Even if gyms remain open, many people have already become accustomed to app-based fitness and have grown to love the convenience of working out at home. COVID-19 restrictions have encouraged more and more gyms and trainers to expand their online presence to encourage more people to train no matter where they are. This trend will help to keep people motivated and allows them to maintain their fitness around the lifestyle.

And those are the top 10 most important fitness trends for the year 2021. Also, we previously shared the Top 10 Must-Eat Foods from Around the World and the Top 10 Most Breathtaking Movies You Should Know in J2021, as we always try to keep you updated with essential life facts. So, we hope this may be helpful for you to update your health conditions as you stay fit and healthy.

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Jera A.
Author: Jera A.

Jera A. is an empowered woman, a dedicated student leader, and an academic commissioner. She recently focused on exploring more of her skills while also learning new things to help herself blossom. She believes that anyone, from anywhere, can make a difference.

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