As a new decade dawns, it’s a reminder that none of us is getting any younger and taking care of our body and mind is more important than ever.
Whether you’re already a health and fitness devotee or you struggle with getting into a groove to stay fit, a variety of exciting and healthful trends should help inspire you in the years ahead. Here are a few of our favorites:
Watch your technique: Whether it’s classes like CrossFit or traditional weight training, many fitness fans focus on weight and reps (or repetitions). But functional training is a new approach, paying closer attention to technique – how to do your exercises deliberately and well, rather than just simply trying to power through a workout. It’s an effective way to train your body to make your everyday activities easier and safer to perform, through compound movements like pulling, pushing, squatting and rotating.
Working out at home: Many of us feel intimidated to go to a gym, thinking we’re going to be judged by people more fit than we are. No one’s there to judge – we’re all in this together! Nevertheless, if you prefer getting fit at home, a variety of new technologies is making it easier than ever. Peloton is a great example of a high-tech smart bike made for the privacy of your own home but it’s just the tip of the iceberg. New rowing machines, weightlifting machines and even the Mirror, a futuristic full-length fitness mirror that stands in for your personal trainer, will change how we workout in the 2020s.
Pre and post: Working out is a great stress reliever. But many are now integrating it holistically with mindfulness, meditation and better nutrition and sleep to maximize stress relief, anxiety and depression, often through simple smartphone apps and wearable technology that lets you track and monitor your health.
What new and unconventional ways are you using to get fit and stay healthy? Please share your experiences and suggestions in the Shop Talk blog community forum. Sharing is caring!
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