As we look back on 2020, we remember how our routines evolved to adapt to our new normal challenges – especially our fitness regimes.
After the gyms closed, we switched to online training courses, participated in outdoor exercises, and redefined how we stayed fit.
We also welcomed restorative fitness programs that helped our body and mind and provided the necessary relaxation after a challenging year.
In 2021, many of the fitness changes in 2020 are slowly becoming the norm.
More and more people are exercising at home and avoiding a crowded gym, emphasizing mental fitness, and using more and more technology tools to aid our routines, be it at home, at work, or on the go.
Most Malaysians have had to distance themselves physically and have taken advantage of the whole idea of training at home.
Exercise classes and equipment
The popularity of on-demand and subscription-based fitness programs skyrocketed in 2020 and continued to flourish in 2021.
In addition to the simplicity and accessibility of programs that are available anytime, anywhere, many have developed a dedicated user base that forges virtual communities to support and motivate their members.
These communities attract users who miss and benefit from the camaraderie in personal gyms.
Subscription-based fitness programs will continue to boom as well, with a wider variety of classes and content offering fitness enthusiasts more personalized options tailored to their specific interests and goals.
The demand for fitness equipment for the home has never been so high and continues into 2021, proving this could be more than a fleeting trend.
Equipment doesn’t have to break the bank, either; Many were extremely innovative and resourceful, using items they had at home to improve their workouts or even taking some steps while doing chores.
Even with the introduction of the new vaccines, home stay reorders and cleanliness and safety concerns of returning to personal gyms will continue, making personal fitness equipment for the home a focal point for the foreseeable future.
Fitness solutions for monotony and stress
With many Malaysians still choosing to work from home, free time and boredom increase.
The stress of being cooped up inside has led many to turn to the outdoors to keep fit and take a much-needed mental break. Outdoor activities like hiking or running with guided app utilities are growing in popularity.
The effects of the pandemic have also left many emotionally troubled, which is why more and more people have turned to yoga and meditation to strengthen their minds and bodies.
Many fitness apps and Herbalife Nutrition Fitness offer meditation and yoga sessions, and we’re seeing an increase in mental health and wellness apps and courses in these categories across all fitness apps and beyond.
Employees have long enjoyed the benefits of workplace wellness programs, but in 2021 these programs will evolve from being nice to being central to team wellbeing.
In addition to supporting employee training programs, there is a greater interest in mental health, leading companies to continue seeking mental health help for their workforce.
As a former competitive sprinter and lifelong fitness trainer, it’s in my DNA to stay active.
We learned a lot of lessons last year. One of them is that maintaining healthy habits like exercise and eating a balanced diet is one of the best things people can do for themselves.
Keeping our bodies moving is part of good health. Now there are more ways to take lessons from the comfort of your home, office or hotel room anytime, anywhere.
Staying fit also means staying mentally fit and finding ways to relax, breathe, and recover from stress. When someone is exercising, it is important to note that it is always possible to intensify exercises or return to their current fitness level.
The duration and intensity of their training should be tailored to what suits people, what feels good, and what makes them keep coming back.
The first step is the hardest, even on our journey to staying healthy.
Therefore, I will take the opportunity to hold a virtual training session during Herbalife Nutrition Month and gather 10,000 Malaysians across the country to burn 1.5 mil calories together.
With this initiative, I hope that we can encourage Malaysians to begin their journey towards healthier lives that are supported by nutrition.
I hope 2021 will be a year of hope and with so many opportunities to stay in shape – maybe a year of incredible fitness and healthy living.