Did you pick up a pickleball paddle, lace up your inline skates for the first time since you were a teenager or take a hot girl walk this year? Then you were doing some of 2022’s biggest fitness trends. Looking to the year ahead, fitness experts predict the workouts, training styles and more we’ll be doing in 2023, including:
- Virtual reality workouts - Sweating through a real life workout in a basement gym is so 2022. Next year, virtual reality workouts will become mainstream as high-tech VR headsets and devices become more widespread and software companies keep adding apps that make exercise feel like a game.
- Mobility training - Adding to the range of workouts that make up a well-balanced fitness routine? The focus on prioritizing mobility training - working to improve the ability to safely move a muscle or muscle group through a range of motion within a joint. More than being flexible, working on mobility helps improve functional movement, prevent injuries and reduce pain.
- Posture workouts - No one wants to end up with tech neck or a dowager's hump, so more people are looking for exercises to improve posture so they can be comfortable and pain-free. Posture workouts strengthen the muscles that support the spine and lumbopelvic hip complex, which are essential for keeping you upright.
- Primal movement - One of Pinterest’s most-predicted 2023 fitness trends, primal movement is the ways people have been moving forever, like crawling, lunging, reaching, pushing and such. It’s a subcategory of functional training - which is training your body to do the moves you need in daily life - and primal movement is more of a back-to-basics approach, not a fitness fad.
- Exercise as a mental health tool - The last few years have led us to prioritize mental health and self-care and since exercise has been proven to lower stress, help with depression and anxiety, improve sleep and even boost brain function, more folks are turning to movement to help protect their mental health. Aside from the physical benefits of working out, it also helps people connect with others, get much-needed alone time and build confidence, all of which are crucial to maintaining mental health. Instead of forcing yourself to exercise, a big fitness trend in 2023 will be finding ways to move that make both your brain and body feel good, with whatever that is for you.