You participated in some of the top fitness trends for 2022 and probably have some great memories to show for it. Whether you picked up a pickleball paddle, put on inline skates for the first time since your teens, or went on a hot chick stroll in the past year, then kudos to you. Yet as the year draws to a close, it’s time to start anticipating what will inspire you going forward. All you need to know about the workouts, recuperation techniques, training styles, and other things you’ll be seeing are listed below along with the biggest fitness trends that experts believe will be popular in 2023.
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Workouts in virtual reality
It’s no longer acceptable to drag out an IRL workout at a dismal basement gym. As these high-tech headsets and devices proliferate, virtual reality (VR) workouts will go commonplace in 2023 (the market for augmented reality and VR products and services is predicted to reach $80.6 billion by 2029, and Apple is believed to be producing a VR headset in that year). Yet, software firms continue to release new applications that turn exercising into a game. VR exercises have recently undergone a significant improvement (both in terms of aesthetics and the physical challenge), ranging from slicing musical notes in Beat Saber to scaling mountains in The Climb app.
One of the greatest fitness trends for 2023 is putting even more focus on the importance of mobility training, in addition to all the many workout types that already make up a well-balanced fitness routine (think: strength training, cardio, and low-impact workouts). Your capacity to move a muscle or muscle group over a joint’s range of motion safely will increase with mobility training. And being adaptable is just one aspect of it. Increasing your mobility benefits functional movement, injury prevention, pain reduction, and more. Mobility exercise is essential for ensuring that your joints are fully functional and that you can move without experiencing any pain because inactivity can increase the risk of accidents and muscle dysfunction.
Many people are looking for exercises to enhance posture as they encounter the negative effects of weak postural muscles (think: tech neck, dowager’s hump). Exercises for improving posture are the antidote to a WFH lifestyle because they develop and strengthen the muscles that support your spine and lumbopelvic hip complex (your lumbar spine, pelvis, and hips), which are essential to keeping you upright.
Primal movement refers to the motions that humans have been performing spontaneously for hundreds or even thousands of years, including crawling, lunging, reaching, pushing, and more. This is another of Pinterest’s top 2023 fitness trends. Forget about difficult workouts that don’t mimic actual movements; after all, when was the last time you saw someone perform a Turkish get-up? Consider primal movement as a subset of functional training, which involves teaching your body the movements required for daily life. Add squats, deadlifts, bear crawls, and farmer carries to your routines to join the trend, which is more of a return to the fundamentals strategy than a fad.
Standing Ab Exercises
The most recent craze in ab exercises puts you on your feet, so keep your yoga mat folded up. It’s not surprising that standing abs exercises are growing in popularity (just look at the #standingabs hashtag on TikTok, which has received more than 22.7 million views). After all, exercising your core while standing upright has advantages over the more common sit-ups and crunches. This includes using more muscle groups (such as your glutes, lower back muscles, and even your upper body muscles) to improve posture than supine motions, preventing injuries connected to impaired balance, and exercising more muscle groups. Dumbbells or kettlebells can be added to your core exercises to increase the difficulty. Also, those with larger chests may find it easier to perform standing core exercises. Test out these standing abs.
Exercise as a Tool for Mental Health
To put it gently, the past few years have been challenging, so it’s become crucial to identify strategies for giving mental health and self-care top priority. Although relaxing with a facial or taking a bubble bath counts as rest and recuperation, more and more people are choosing exercise as a means to safeguard and improve their mental health. Exercise has been shown to increase mood, ease anxiety and depression, enhance sleep, and even enhance brain function. Yet even beyond the clear physical advantages of exercise, you’ll see people use it as a means of social interaction, alone time, working towards personal objectives, and confidence-building in the coming year, all of which are essential in sustaining good health.
The fitness industry is more digital than ever now, from customized apps to exercise-tracking gadgets. Wellness tech will be all the rage in 2023, as we hunt for ways to make our performance smarter and more effective. What comes next? A metaverse. A trend report from the Global Wellness Summit earlier this year revealed that: ‘Wellness sectors, including fitness, beauty, healthy eating, mental wellness, wellness tourism, wellness real estate, spas, and workplace wellness are introducing new technologies and virtual worlds that deliver a far more immersive experience and radically transform how wellness is delivered to global consumers.