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The top trends that will shape the world of fitness in 2021 have been revealed by the Australian Institute of Fitness (AIF).

According to AIF’s leading industry professionals, the top fitness trends for 2021 will be:

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  1. Wearable Technology
  2. Exercise is Medicine
  3. Mind and Body Training
  4. Virtual Fitness
  5. High-Intensity Interval Training
  6. Functional Fitness Training
  7. Health and Wellness Coaching
  8. Personal Training
  9. Group Training
  10. Outdoor Activities

The AIF commented on the significant changes within the fitness industry as a result of COVID-19. The pandemic pushed both fitness professionals and consumers to adapt to new ways of training, and also to reflect on the impact fitness has on our overall health and wellbeing. 

“The shutdowns and challenges the fitness industry has endured in 2020 have paved the way for large-scale technology disruptors and major evolutions in fitness offerings. Necessity is the mother of invention, and as we’ve seen our social needs change, fitness professionals and consumers alike have embraced new fitness technologies and training models and reconsidered the role that fitness plays in the broader health and everyday lives,” said the Australian Institute of Fitness CEO, Steve Pettit.

“As we prepare to, hopefully, reset in a new post-COVID world next year, we expect to see many of the fitness developments from 2020 continue to endure, evolve and gain popularity throughout 2021. Regardless of how the pandemic pans out, the fitness world has been forever changed – and there’s plenty of positive takeaways for those willing to continue riding the wave,” Pettit added.

So what’s the hype surrounding some of these upcoming trends?

Wearable technology includes things like smartwatches such as the Fit Bit and the Apple Watch. These devices capture heart rate, calories, sleep quality, steps and more. According to Telsyte, 1 in 5 Australian smartphone users already wear smartwatches, with a steady increase in smartwatch sales over the past few years.

Exercise is Medicine is a trend that is gaining momentum not just in Australia but around the globe. 

Exercise is Medicine (EIM) Australia is focused on encouraging health care providers, with a specific focus on doctors, nurses and aboriginal health workers, to review and assess every patient’s physical activity levels at every visit. Patients should be counseled on exercise regimens, and provided with an exercise prescription or referral to an accredited exercise physiologist, accredited exercise scientist or appropriately qualified allied health professional.”

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), up to 5 million deaths per year could be avoided if the global population was more active. The benefits of exercise are far-reaching, but the holistic role it plays in supporting our physical and mental health has been magnified by COVID-19. What’s more, it’s likely we’ll see a steady rise in mindfulness, meditation and breathwork to compliment physical exercise.

Which of these top fitness trends for 2021 resonate most with you?

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