This Fitness Trend For 2023 Has Nothing To Do With Exercise (2023)

Every year, wellness trends seem to change — and they can be indicative of our environments. Take the COVID-19 pandemic, for example, when so many of us were stuck indoors for much of 2020 and 2021, putting Peloton bikes and meditation apps in high demand. While in 2022, everyone seemed to be out and about again, so things like forest bathing and more communal forms of fitness, like running clubs and local sports leagues, were on the rise again. But one thing remains the same: The top of a new year is always a great time to bring people back to their bodies and minds in one way or another.

“With each new year, wellness is the overarching focus of resolutions,” Sarah Koszyk, registered dietitian nutritionist and co-founder of wellness company MIJA, tells TZR. “And I think we’ve been primarily thinking of new habits — such as enrolling in a new gym membership or trying a new class — that we don’t give enough space for consideration of the habits we have, and that could be improved upon. I hope people realize there is no silver bullet, and wellness comes from foundational decisions we make every day.”

That said, there’s no harm in trying something new, right? Ahead, experts across various wellness areas weigh in about what trends they foresee for 2023, whether it’s the rise in sober curiosity and living an alcohol-free lifestyle, plant-based alternatives to, well, everything, or trying out cooling and heating treatments, like infrared saunas and ice baths. At the end of the day, it’s all about what works best for you, of course. But the expert-given wellness trends below are a great place to start.

Alcohol-Free Is The Way To Be

“In a time where people with dietary preferences, ranging from plant-based options to gluten-free ones, have several choices, it should be just as easy for those who are alcohol-free to have a choice,” Laura Taylor, founder and chief mingle officer of Mingle Mocktails, tells TZR. “Alcohol-free cocktails are a better-for-you option for anyone looking for an alternative to alcohol.” And, these days, there are several places to find mocktails and non-alcoholic options — sober curious products, brands, and establishments are on the rise like never before.

Research shows that around 40% of Americans don’t drink, and we need to acknowledge and support anyone who chooses to be alcohol-free for a night — or as a lifestyle choice,” Taylor says. Plus, there are many health benefits that come from not drinking alcohol, she says, including: no hangovers; feeling more energetic; feeling less anxious and happier (since alcohol is a depressant); getting better sleep; clearer skin; better cognitive functioning (and remembering your night vs. blacking out); and having a better immune system overall.

“This not-drinking movement has decreased the stigma associated with alcoholism by making ‘sober curious’ (or being ‘sober’) acceptable — as opposed to something to feel ashamed of,” says Taylor. If you’re on the fence, or cannot imagine not drinking, Taylor says just give it a try. “You’ve got nothing to lose but the hangover.”

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Going Back To Fitness Basics

“I feel the trend of 2023 is going back to fitness basics and mastering them,” Ashley Borden, master personal trainer, transformation specialist, and FitBiz Coach, tells TZR. “I think the past couple years created a lot of people doing ‘TikTok fitness’ — piecing together moves they see in videos — and now they realize they need comprehensive training programs to actually see strength and physique changes.”

She says while trying new movements and cutting-edge fitness modalities is fun and stimulating, make sure you can master the basics (pull, push, squat, deadlift) before you start layering in fancy, complicated, and dynamic TikTok or Instagram movements. (For example, Borden’s FitBiz program offers a four-week online course to help people master their form.) Otherwise, you risk doing more damage than good.

Plant-Based Alternatives Galore

“In 2023, there will continue to be a push for more plant-based products and ‘meats,’” Jovanka Ciares, integrative herbalist, nutrition coach, and author, tells TZR. “Food manufacturers are getting better and better at creating plant-based alternatives, and more and more fast food restaurants are embracing the trend, too.” “Burgers,” “chicken” nuggets, and “steaks” can all be found in plant form versus meat form, she explains. Mushrooms, chickpeas, and beans are some of the key ingredients of these products. However, they shouldn’t necessarily be consumed every day, as they are very processed, Ciares adds.

She also thinks medicinal mushrooms will continue to trend, and rightfully so. “Medicinal mushrooms, like lion’s mane, are good to promote cognitive development,” Ciares says. And certain ones promote specific health benefits — oyster mushrooms are good for metabolism and immunity while shitaki are good for general longevity, she says.

For example, you can get mushroom coffee that contains both mushrooms and actual coffee, but then the goal would be to switch to a mushroom-based coffee alternative. That way, you can feel the benefits from the mushrooms without experiencing the potential drawbacks (like jitters) from the coffee element.

Sleep Hygiene

How to get better sleep seems to be a big market — you can take sleep gummies, drink sleep-promoting teas, switch up your mattress and pillow, practice better sleep hygiene (practices to promote better sleep, like going to bed at the same time every night), and even get an alarm clock, like a Hatch Restore, that has a sunrise effect to help wake you up with light therapy.

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“Patient and consumer awareness of sleep — and its role in our lives — has expanded greatly, with more and more patients learning about sleep and raising more questions about it,” Dr. Peter Polos, MD, sleep medicine specialist and sleep expert for Sleep Number, tells TZR in an email. “Another major factor driving the trend is the adoption of technology by the public,” Polos says. “The technology runs from wearable devices to built-in tracking capabilities in Smart Beds (like Sleep Number’s), for example. Many people have made technology part of their daily lives and use the data to guide them on numerous aspects of their activities.”

As for good “sleep health” it is determined by the duration and regularity of our sleep times, along with our quality of sleep, Polos explains. “The recommended duration of sleep is seven to eight hours a night for adults 18 and up,” he says. He adds that “quality” is, in part, subjective, and it is determined by the satisfaction, or dissatisfaction, we feel after we sleep. It can be objectively assessed, as well, by determining the cycles of sleep, continuity of sleep, and heart and respiratory parameters.

For practicing better sleep hygiene, Polos suggests: maintaining a consistent sleep routine with the same sleep and wake times (every day of the week); sleeping in a dark, quiet, and cool environment (67 to 69 degrees Fahrenheit); making sure your bed and pillow are comfortable and support you head to toe (an adjustable bed may help with this); avoiding caffeine and alcohol a few hours before bed; avoiding or removing bright screens from the sleep environment (including TVs, cell phones, tablets, and computers), as screens can delay sleep onset; engaging in mild exercise no less than three to four hours before bedtime; and using relaxation techniques, like listening to calming music, a meditation, or doing breathing techniques.

Cold & Heat Therapies

“Water and heat modalities are a relatively easy way to reduce stress, and people are embracing them more and more,” Ciares says. “Hot or cold therapy can help you get rid of achy muscles and get in touch with your body overall. And they do not require you to have access to a sauna or steam room.”

While some people go to Korean spas or to steam rooms at their local gym or wellness center, others go to natural hot springs or get a portable infrared sauna blanket to use from the comfort of their home, like HigherDOSE. (Kate Hudson is a fan!) Ciares says you can also take long, steamy showers infused with essential oils, or baths infused with essential oils. And yet other people do ice baths, soaking in a tub of ice or using a more formal one elsewhere.

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“Hydrotherapy has many health benefits: it reduces inflammation, increases immune support, and is all-around great for the body and mind,” Ciares says. “Water therapy has been around thousands of years, and many athletes use both cold and hot therapies.”

Mental Fitness

“Since the COVID-19 pandemic, our society as a whole has started to realize what mental health professionals have always known: ‘mental health is wealth,’” Keischa Pruden, therapist and owner of Pruden Counseling Concepts, tells TZR. “Many people have also realized the connection between mental wellness and physical wellness. Moving into 2023, whole wellness will be a major trend as we attempt to return to some sense of normalcy and reclaim our lives in a healthy way, mind and body.”

She says maintaining good mental health is important because our mind is in charge of many aspects of our lives, even our physical health. “Studies have shown that improving your mindset, such as through mental fitness, can have a positive impact on physical illnesses/symptoms,” she says. “In addition, some symptoms of mental health issues have physical components. “Signs a person may not be prioritizing their mental health could present as increased irritability, decreased sleep, increased anxiety, decreased productivity at work, increased isolation from family and friends, and increased feelings of sadness/anxiety, among other things. So maintaining a good mental outlook can positively influence every aspect of our lives.”

Pruden says seeking professional assistance to help deal with emotional issues is definitely a helpful avenue to pursue, especially with so many online therapy options these days, too, both through individual therapists and platforms like BetterHelp.

“It is very important to remove the stigma around mental health, and receive help, because stigma keeps people in emotional bondage, ultimately leading to increased emotional instability and sometimes dire results,” Pruden explains. “When a person is experiencing a mental health crisis, they often feel alone in their feelings. But reaching out for help lets them know they are not alone in their struggles and there is help available.”

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FAQs

What is the next big fitness trend? ›

Mobility Training

In addition to all the workout varieties that already make up a well-balanced fitness routine (think: strength training, cardio, and low-impact workouts), one of the biggest 2023 fitness trends is further emphasis on prioritizing mobility training.

What is the most popular fitness trend? ›

The top 10 fitness trends for 2022 are:
  • Wearable technology. ...
  • Home exercise gyms. ...
  • Outdoor activities. ...
  • Strength training with free weights. ...
  • Exercise for weight loss. ...
  • Personal training. ...
  • High-intensity interval training (HIIT). ...
  • Body weight training.

What are 3 trends opportunities in health and fitness? ›

This desire to measure and track aspects of one's health and fitness using technology is likely to continue to grow in the year ahead.
  • Mini Workouts. ...
  • HIIT Workouts. ...
  • Building a Smart Home Gym. ...
  • Leveraging Virtual Coaches and Classes. ...
  • Outdoor Exercise with Social Groups.

Is fitness becoming a trend? ›

Fitness industries have been growing at a rate of 8.7% per year for the past few years. Prices for gym memberships and exercise programs are not necessarily getting higher; rather, more and more people are choosing to prioritize their physical health.

What will the fitness industry look like in the future? ›

This has opened the door to recovery, as the global fitness industry is expected to grow to $190.56 billion in 2022 and reach $434.74 billion by 2028. In addition, the online/digital fitness market is expected to climb to $79 billion by 2026.

What are the current trends in the fitness industry? ›

Trends in the Fitness Industry
  • Wearable Fitness Technology. ...
  • Group Workouts. ...
  • High-Intensity Workouts. ...
  • Senior Fitness. ...
  • Bodyweight Training. ...
  • Fitness Professional Certifications. ...
  • Yoga. ...
  • Individual Trainers.
Oct 1, 2022

What is the biggest problem in the fitness industry? ›

Lack of Professionals cause problems in the fitness industry. After getting everything ready, without any gym industry challenges, you need to hire professionals to serve professional work. It is really hard work to do. Because you should put people in the shape they want, as well as keep them motivated and happy.

What is the #1 exercise? ›

1. Walking. Any exercise program should include cardiovascular exercise, which strengthens the heart and burns calories. And walking is something you can do anywhere, anytime, with no equipment other than a good pair of shoes.

What are some exercise trends that used to be popular? ›

10 popular workout trends from the last 70 years
  • Yoga.
  • Vibrating belt.
  • Aerobics.
  • Communal fitness (gyms)
  • Jazzercise.
  • Tae Bo.
  • Spinning.
  • Obstacle courses.

What is the Big 3 in fitness? ›

As we mentioned above, the big three are the bench press, squat, and deadlift. They're the three lifts used in powerlifting, where powerlifters use the combined total to measure their strength against their competitors.

What is a current health fitness trend? ›

The top three trends from ACSM's Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2022 include: Wearable technology: Devices like fitness trackers, smartwatches, and heart rate monitors that count steps and track heart rate, calories, sitting and sleep time, blood pressure, and respiratory rate.

What are some future trends in public health? ›

Many of the future trends in public health will be focused on addressing two primary concerns: the aging population of the U.S. and the corresponding increase in the rates of chronic disease and the health impacts of climate change.

Why is fitness so popular now? ›

Earlier, spending on fitness and taking gym membership was seen as a luxury, but now it has become a part of people's lifestyle. Growing urbanization, rising middle class, and increasing disposable incomes are boosting the need for gyms.

Is online fitness the future? ›

There is no doubt that digital and online fitness has grown immensely over the past two to three years, and that growth was never more evident in 2020 and 2021. In ACSM's survey of worldwide fitness trends for 2021, online training was #1 for the first time ever, overtaking wearable technology, which was #1 for 2020.

Is exercising life changing? ›

The body's physical changes – a stronger heart, bones and muscles – play a key role in reducing your risk of developing serious health conditions, including heart disease, type two diabetes, cancer and obesity. Regular exercise also enormously benefits our mental wellbeing.

What are some problems in the fitness industry? ›

5 Problems in the Fitness Industry and How to Solve Them
  • Misinformation.
  • One-Way Approach.
  • Information Overload.
  • Elitist Attitudes.
  • Lack of Member Support.
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What is the best career in fitness? ›

Here are 10 high-paying jobs in fitness for you to consider if you are interested in this career path:
  1. Nutritionist. ...
  2. Sports massage therapist. ...
  3. Physical education (P.E.) teacher. ...
  4. Registered dietitian. ...
  5. Fitness manager. ...
  6. Holistic health and fitness program director. ...
  7. Fitness apparel designer. ...
  8. Physical therapist.
May 3, 2021

Why is my fitness business failing? ›

“Other than being under-capitalized, the biggest reason we see for health club failure is lack of business know-how and lack of proper implementation of sales and marketing strategies,” points out Thomas. “Another common misconception that many new gym owners have is that the gym will sell itself.”

How do you keep up with fitness trends? ›

How to Stay on Top of Trends in the Fitness Industry
  1. MAXIMIZE THE VALUE OF CONFERENCES. There are so many fitness industry events each year, it can be hard to choose which is most beneficial for you. ...
  2. LEARN FROM YOUR TEAM. ...
  3. CHECK OUT YOUR MARKET. ...
  4. BE SMART ABOUT EQUIPMENT SPLURGES. ...
  5. CUT YOUR LOSSES EARLY.

Why is physical fitness declining? ›

The drop in physical activity is partly due to inaction during leisure time and sedentary behaviour on the job and at home. Likewise, an increase in the use of "passive" modes of transportation also contributes to insufficient physical activity.

What is the dark side of fitness? ›

Comparing yourself to others and letting it negatively affect you mentally. Not being able to exercise moderation when it comes to food. Feeling incredibly guilty if you missed a workout or ate something off plan.

What are 3 common problems with exercising? ›

How too Much Exercise can Hurt
  • Being unable to perform at the same level.
  • Needing longer periods of rest.
  • Feeling tired.
  • Being depressed.
  • Having mood swings or irritability.
  • Having trouble sleeping.
  • Feeling sore muscles or heavy limbs.
  • Getting overuse injuries.
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Is there one exercise that works the whole body? ›

Burpees. Burpees combine the benefits of a pushup and a squat, so they are an excellent full-body exercise. To do a burpee: From a standing position, drop down into a squat.

What are the only 5 exercises you need? ›

"Human evolution led to five basic movements, which encompass nearly all of our everyday motions." Meaning your workout needs just five exercises, one from each of these categories: push (pressing away from you), pull (tugging toward you), hip-hinge (bending from the middle), squat (flexing at the knee), and plank ( ...

What are the 4 most important types of exercise? ›

Research has shown that it's important to get all four types of exercise: endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility. Each one has different benefits. Doing one kind also can improve your ability to do the others, and variety helps reduce boredom and risk of injury.

What exercises increase your strength? ›

What are strength exercises?
  • lifting weights.
  • working with resistance bands.
  • heavy gardening, such as digging and shovelling.
  • climbing stairs.
  • hill walking.
  • cycling.
  • dance.
  • push-ups, sit-ups and squats.

What happens if you only bench squat and deadlift? ›

If you only train the squat, bench press, and deadlift, you are going to get really good at those three movements. But as soon as you venture outside those three exercises, you might see a big drop in strength and control, which in and of itself might leave you prone to injury or accidents.

What are the big 5 lifts? ›

The five basic exercises bench press, deadlift, squats, shoulder press and pull-up are generally known as the big 5 of strength training. Due to the adjustability of the resistance, the lat pull-down is often used instead of the pull-up.

What is the biggest recent trend in healthcare? ›

We will continue to see growth in areas including telemedicine, personalized medicine, genomics, and wearables, with organizers leveraging artificial intelligence (AI), cloud computing, extender reality (XR), and the internet of things (IoT) to develop and deliver new treatments and services.

What are the current trends and issues in health care? ›

Let's look at eight emerging trends in healthcare commanding the attention of these industry leaders today.
  • Increasing minimum pay. ...
  • COVID-19 and long-term effects. ...
  • Virtual care and telehealth. ...
  • Home health. ...
  • Mergers and acquisitions. ...
  • Cooperative competition. ...
  • Consumerism. ...
  • Cybersecurity.

What will be in the future of the health? ›

In the future of health, we expect six key areas—data sharing, interoperability, equitable access, empowered consumers, behavior change, and scientific breakthrough—to collectively transform the existing health system from treatment-based reactionary care to prevention and well-being.

What are at least 3 public health issues facing our society? ›

Some examples include chronic illnesses like Type 2 diabetes, infectious diseases such as HIV and tuberculosis, mental health challenges, and even motor vehicle accidents.

What are the best future technology in health? ›

We will continue to see more advanced technology such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) leveraged for predictive analytics in healthcare. Valuable tools that are constantly undergoing innovation, AI and ML can help enable potentially life-saving predictions for patients.

What is the biggest reason people don't go to the gym? ›

A new survey by Better has found that a lack of time and a lack of confidence are the main reasons people give for not going to the gym. Vanity reasons such as losing weight and toning up are important motivators to gym goers but over 11% are motivated by the positive impact exercise has on their mental health.

What are the top 3 reasons to exercise? ›

Being physically active can improve your brain health, help manage weight, reduce the risk of disease, strengthen bones and muscles, and improve your ability to do everyday activities. Adults who sit less and do any amount of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity gain some health benefits.

When did the fitness craze start? ›

in 1965 signaled the beginning of the rise of a new big-box concept for health and fitness that could –and would be—recreated to open the doors to the masses. Joe Gold followed his success with Gold's gym by founding the World Gym chain in 1977.

Do fitness people live longer? ›

Adults should get 150 to 300 minutes of moderate physical activity or 75 to 150 minutes of vigorous physical activity a week, according to the World Health Organization. But people who surpass those levels live longer than those who don't.

Do people who don't exercise live longer? ›

Regular, moderate activities, such as brisk walking, have been associated with increasing life expectancy by several years. For example, 150 minutes of exercise or more each week increased life expectancy by about 7 years over those who didn't do regular moderate exercise.

Is a career in fitness worth it? ›

If you want a rewarding career, personal training delivers. There's something incredibly satisfying about helping clients achieve their fitness goals. That's in addition to seeing firsthand the health benefits they receive by boosting their physical activity.

What exercise should a 65 year old woman do? ›

Adults aged 65 and older need: At least 150 minutes a week (for example, 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week) of moderate intensity activity such as brisk walking. Or they need 75 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity activity such as hiking, jogging, or running.

What is the best exercise for a 65 year old woman? ›

If you're an older adult looking to establish an exercise routine, you should, ideally, be able to incorporate 150 minutes of moderate endurance activity into your week. This can include walking, swimming, cycling, and a little bit of time every day to improve strength, flexibility, and balance.

What is the next big trend of 2022? ›

From oversize shirting to ballooned silhouettes and a continuation of the puff sleeve trend, dresses and tops will retain their volume through the end of the year. If anything, the latter will spice up all the soft pants you'll probably still be rocking on the bottom.

What is the future of 24 Hour Fitness? ›

Although 24 Hour Fitness has emerged from bankruptcy and reopening their locations, as of right now it has not returned to full capacity. The company projects, based on its membership base, to return to pre-pandemic levels (near 90%) in 2023.

What new programs are coming to beachbody 2022? ›

The new programs coming to Beachbody on Demand in 2022 are:
  • Job1.
  • 4 Week Gut Protocol & 4 Weeks for Every Body.
  • Fire & Flow.
  • LIIFT More.
  • XB Sweat + Sculpt.
  • Sure Thing.
Mar 8, 2022

What is the fastest growing fitness franchise? ›

Planet Fitness Grew by 1.8 Million Members in 2022, Exceeding Expectations. Planet Fitness had 17 million members at the end of 2022, a growth of 1.8 million members during the year, the company shared on Jan. 10, ahead of its presentation that day at the 2023 ICR Conference.

What is the trend for 2023? ›

2023 Style Trend: Oversized Everything

With oversized blazers and extra-large shirts trending on the TikTok For You page every other day, Rayburn predicts the oversized trend will only grow in strength next year, with even the bottom of our pants expanding.

What new technology is coming out in 2023? ›

Artificial intelligence will become more prevalent in 2023 with natural language processing and machine learning advancement. Artificial intelligence can better understand us and perform more complex tasks using this technology. It is estimated that 5G will revolutionize the way we live and work in the future.

What clothes will be trending in 2023? ›

Summer 2023 trends

Trends such as knee-high splits, geometric cut-outs and sheer fabrics all lends themselves perfectly to a sultry skin moment, whereas for the inevitable open-air soirée, amping up the drama is easy with a 1970s It-girl-inspired hooded gown. Run, don't walk, straight to Alaïa.

Can we do gym after 45 years? ›

It's never too late to get in shape and reap the health benefits of physical fitness.

Which athlete owns 24 Hour Fitness? ›

Shaq owns 17 Auntie Anne's Pretzel Shops, 40 24-Hour Fitness clubs, 155 Five Guys restaurants, and 150 car washes.

Is Beachbody getting rid of on demand? ›

No, not at this time. However, the Beachbody On Demand membership from your Total-Solution Pack will renew at the new rates starting June 24, 2022.

Did Beachbody discontinue activity? ›

Beachbody LIVE to Cease Operations on March 1, 2020 | Club Industry.

Is Beachbody being bought out? ›

The transaction is expected to close in second quarter 2021. The combined company will be listed on the New York Stock Exchange under a new ticker symbol, BODY. Beachbody will continue to be led by Carl Daikeler, Beachbody's co-founder, chairman and CEO, and Jon Congdon, co-founder of Beachbody and CEO of Openfit.

What's the easiest franchise to open? ›

According to Forbes, fast food, transportation, fitness, services, DIY experiences, and personal wellness are some of the top franchising industries. Beginning a franchise in one of these categories will make running it easier since there is such high demand for them.

What is the number 1 franchise in America? ›

Top 100 Franchises 2022
RankNameCountry
1KFCUnited States of America
27-ElevenUnited States of America
3McDonald'sUnited States of America
4Marriott InternationalUnited States of America
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What franchise is the most profitable to own? ›

Most Profitable Franchises
  • Dunkin'
  • 7-Eleven.
  • Planet Fitness.
  • JAN-PRO.
  • Taco Bell.
  • Orangetheory Fitness.
  • Great Clips.
  • Mac Tools.
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