The fitness industry continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic with online training and outdoor activities two of the top exercise trends to watch in 2021. It is not all bad news for gyms, health clubs and other fitness facilities as Bloomberg reported that, “despite the coronavirus restricting gym capacity while shuttering some entirely, the traditional January spike in memberships has matched—and in some ways exceeded—those of years past.”
Fitness experts say that less can be more when it comes to exercise. Exercise recovery, ranging from rest between high-intensity training intervals to recovery days and sometimes even weeks away from core activities, plays a big role in maximizing your workout benefits.
When you work out on a regular basis you might think the pay off is “look good, feel good”, but many of the benefits of exercise are unseen but important.
The COVID-19 pandemic has put the spotlight on home gyms as Americans looked for ways to stay fit while health clubs and public gyms were shut down across the country this past year.
The evolution of home fitness, from the hula hoop craze to Jane Fonda VHS workout tapes to the wired-in Peloton generation, has been gradual over the years but the last 12 months have been transformative due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Amid lockdowns, stay-at-home orders, remote work and school and general avoidance of public spaces, we have all become “members” of the world’s largest gym – the home fitness gym.
There is no denying the benefits of exercising daily. It is great for your heart, great for your mood and will help you remain or reach your ideal body weight.
In fact, the benefits of daily exercise can lead to a longer life as the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute reported in December 2020 that a review of nine studies of 44,000 adults, ages 47 to 74, showed that 30 to 40 minutes of daily exercise correlates with “fewer incidents of premature death due to sedentary lifestyles.”
Fitness equipment maintenance is more important than ever as health club and gym owners work hard to get their members back into facilities and return their businesses to profitability.
The COVID-19 pandemic, which has kept many of us at home the past nine months, has led to historically high stress levels among Americans.
When the ball drops on New Year’s Eve there is usually a wave of nostalgia as we say a fond good-bye to the previous year, but for 2020 most of us will be saying “good riddance!” at midnight on December 31. For sure, it has been a trying year, especially the previous nine months, with the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic taking an economic, mental, and physical toll on almost all Americans.