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August 4, 2022

The hip side of exercise


in Insights Lifestyle

Uncover the coolest trends in breaking a sweat

Olympic training in ancient Greece. Yoga in India. Tai chi in China. Needless to say, the concept of exercise has been around for a while. Yet fitness, as we know it, emerged less than 200 years ago – and it keeps evolving. Explore the hottest trends in the fitness world, and find out why the value of the global fitness industry is over $87 billion.

The future of fitness

The fitness industry saw a huge decline during the pandemic, with a dramatic switch to at-home workouts and a general decline in physical activity nationwide. However, in a 2021 study, two-thirds (64%) of people said they are making exercising a priority for improving their physical and mental health in the wake of coronavirus. It’s a trend that’s continuing, and in an interview with Bloomberg Josh McCarter, chief executive officer of the fitness booking platform MindBody commented ‘Covid-19 has pushed people to think about health more holistically.’

One thing that isn’t changing is the movement to working out-from-home – so where to begin?

High-tech training

Tech is taking over home gyms. There’s JaxJox’s digital kettlebell system; Tonal, the all-in-one smart gym; the Tangram smart skipping rope; NURVV insoles or Hexoskin clothing, both delivering truly personalised training using cutting edge technology.

Staying fit on the go

Since the first pedometer was invented by Abraham-Louis Perrelet in the late 1700s, wearable tech is now the top fitness trend since 2016, (think Apple Watches and Fitbits) and has evolved into truly personalised healthcare devices – clocking sleep patterns, stress levels, menstrual cycles and even fertility windows. And now with augmented and virtual reality headsets (Oculus Rift, Microsoft Hololens etc) users can create any bespoke fitness environment from the comfort of their own home.

Boutique meets digital

Peloton streams classes for its sophisticated bikes and treadmills. Mirror offers live and on-demand fitness classes on a hidden LCD screen. For those who miss their old classes, but can’t make it back into the gym, brick-and-mortar ones like Barry’s Bootcamp and Core Collective also offer virtual versions of their in-person classes – and a whole host of other live virtual classes can be found on MindBody or Classpass.

Gaming for gymgoers

Merging virtual reality with working out, Fit XR claims to put ‘the fun back into exercise’ by turning fitness into a game. The catch? Body movements control the game. Scientists say VR workouts make exercise 26% more enjoyable.


There’s an app for that.

Health app downloads skyrocketed by nearly 50% in the first half of 2020, and while that number dropped in 2021 – sessions increased 31%, with users favouring a Sunday workout.

Popular apps included MyFitnessPal, which tracks diet and exercise, and meditation apps like Calm and Headspace.

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