Expert predictions for the top fitness trends of 2022

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Exercising more and achieving fitness goals are usually at the top of most people's New Year's resolutions.

But rather than heading back to the gym for your usual routines, why not consider trying out some new classes and workouts? Steven Virtue, fitness development manager at Total Fitness (totalfitness.co.uk), shares his predictions for the fitness trends set to take off in 2022.

Personal and small group training

The past few months have seen gym-goers more enthused about and interested in training in small groups, likely due to the Covid-19 pandemic previously preventing socialising and interaction with both friends and new people.

"Whether your goal is to improve overall body composition, strength, or endurance, trainers can help design a results-based approach to health and wellbeing," he said. "Most of the programmes written and devised by fitness professionals have a huge emphasis on accountability and work-life balance which increases retention in the long run, making them particularly appealing in the new year as people set new resolutions."

Mindfulness through fitness

Whether it's yoga, Pilates, or meditation, more people are expected to take up exercises that have a deliberate focus on mental wellbeing and developing the mind-body connection.

"Many workers are continuing to work from home and, whilst there are benefits to this, for many, it can make work more demanding and stressful, especially given the fact there are reduced options for social and physical activity. For those working in an office, the return to a busy environment may also prove quite stressful or overwhelming. Therefore, exercises that provide an opportunity to breathe, unwind, and practice mindfulness are set to be high in demand," said Steven.

Online and digital fitness

Whilst online fitness classes and apps did exist prior to the pandemic, the closure of gyms during the first lockdown really sparked interest in and reliance on digital fitness classes.

"Online fitness classes, both pre-recorded and live, make fitness more accessible than ever before, as people can work out wherever they are. The virtual space has also proven a great way for people to meet and build a fitness community, which in turn helps to motivate people to achieve their goals," the expert noted.

Wearable fitness technology

Since 2016, the invention of various fitness technology devices has given fitness enthusiasts a rejuvenated approach to health and fitness.

"Being able to see the tangible and accurate impact of exercise is a great way to stay motivated and in tune with your body," said Steven. "With features such as heart rate monitors and GPS tracking, users can map out their training in advance and keep track of their progress as they work towards fitness goals."

High Intensity Interval Training

HIIT has been and will continue to be a staple trend in the fitness industry.

"With HIIT, you can fit in an impactful, high-intensity workout in a very short space of time, making it ideal for people who work busy schedules or still want to maintain their fitness without having to compromise on other social commitments. What's more, you can conduct a HIIT session with little or no equipment, making it an accessible and affordable form of exercise," he added.

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