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What are the top fitness and exercise trends for 2023? Many of us (almost all of us) have a New Year’s resolution that involves health, fitness, exercise, nutrition and getting or staying in shape. Here is our list of the most innovative fitness and exercise trends you need to know for 2023 to make keeping your New Year’s resolutions easier and more fun than ever. No excuses this year, dear reader — there’s something out there for all of us.

what are the most innovative fitness and exercise trends for 2023?

When it comes to fitness, there’s no perfect workout for every person despite how convincing the celebrity trainer or franchise gym salesperson might be. Taking stock of our own fitness journeys, we’ve cycled through barre, cardio dance, kickboxing, and HIIT. At the end of the day, we find the best workout is the one you actually do — whether it’s the one closest to your home or maybe the one where you have a buddy holding you accountable.

new fitness trends to know for 2023

The top innovative trends in fitness and exercise to know for 2023.

Still, there are plenty of reasons to seek out new workouts. If you’re no longer seeing results or nursing an injury or just need to add one day of something different. Getting and staying fit is not a linear process and as we look ahead to what’s trending in the world of fitness in 2023, we’ve actually come full circle. After a global pandemic, the numbers show people are getting back to the familiar and what has worked for them in the past. That’s not to say there’s no newness (looking at you, twerking classes) but just like in fashion — what’s old is new again.

new fitness trends to know for 2023

The top trends in fitness and exercise to know for 2023.

Here are the top 7 fitness trends predicted to become the next big thing as we enter 2023. Pick and choose what inspires you!

the 7 fitness trends to know for the year 2023

1. The 12-3-30 workout

We start our list of fitness regimes to consider in 2023 with the viral trend known as the “12-3-30” workout. For the uninitiated, it’s actually quite simple: Set the treadmill to an incline of 12 and a speed of 3 miles per hour and then walk for 30 minutes. Its creator is social media influencer Lauren Giraldo, whose video has explaining the workout racked up nearly 119 million views with a huge 309% spike in interest (according to Google analytics) year-on-year. She credits the workout for helping her lose 30 pounds and experts agree that it’s an effective form of lower-impact exercise. DeAnne Davis Brooks, an associate professor in the department of kinesiology at the University of North Carolina Greensboro told Health Magazine, “It can be a good way to ramp up the intensity of regular ol’ walking and it’s a solid pick for people who can’t do high-impact activities like running, but still want a more vigorous routine.”

2. CrossFit

In its annual fitness Fitness Report, PureGym reported that CrossFit is back. With an impressive 173.21% increase in interest, the high-intensity functional training may be winning back former devotees and finding new ones. It not only shows the desire for returning to in-person classes but the desire to belong to a community — something that CrossFit does so well. Aside from group training classes, there’s the CrossFit Games, an annual athletic competition that brings together athletes from all over the world. And while we don’t have personal experience with it, some magical bonding must happen when you’re all running down the street carrying a tire on your back!

new fitness trends to know for 2023

The top trends in fitness and exercise to know for 2023.

3. Back to classes

It’s not just CrossFit who is seeing their numbers return to pre-pandemic levels. It turns out that convenience doesn’t always rule the day. According to a report from data and insights firm IBIS World, the global fitness industry has gained back more than $4 billion in losses over the last two years. Fritz Lanman, the CEO of Mindbody (which also owns ClassPass) reported that 2022’s back-to-school season saw the biggest uptick Mindbody has seen in around five years and expects New Year’s 2023 to follow that trend. No surprise Mindbody’s data shows that the types of classes that are seeing their numbers thrive again are for modalities difficult to do at home. Think bootcamp studios like F45, classes that utilize machines and weights, and pilates. If we’re going to sweat it out, it’s better to do it together.

4. Mobility work

Working from home may be more comfortable (hello Zoom meetings in sweatpants!) but they’re also doing a number on our bodies as our lives become more stationary than ever. In the past year, searches for “mobility exercises” and “mobility training” increased by around 50 percent on both YouTube and Google. These low-impact exercises are more than just stretching and go a long way in increasing your range of motion, stability and muscle control. The online fitness platform Obé shares that it’s seen increased participation in their mobility classes, with about half of the brand’s subscribers now regularly tuning in. Similarly, Glo shares that it has doubled the number of mobility classes it offered in the past year while Tempo has been adding about 100 mobility classes per year since 2020. In 2023, consider replacing another HIIT day with a recovery/mobility day for body longevity.

The top trends in fitness and exercise to know for 2023.

5. Strength training

Lifting heavier weights used to make people think of bulking up or bodybuilding but the misconception is fading. Women have started to embrace strength training for its anti-aging benefits like improving bone mineral density and boosting the metabolism. In 2022, Mindbody data shows that weight training classes were one of the three most popular workout types on the platform. Besides building muscle and improving strength, lifting weights also boasts some major mental health benefits. According to a 2018 meta-analysis in JAMA Psychiatry, resistance training has been shown to reduce depressive symptoms in adults. Speaking from personal experience, lifting something that looks intimidatingly heavy does give you a confidence boost!

6. Face yoga

It isn’t all about the body in 2023. Don’t forget about your face! Thanks to the Kardashians’ face yoga instructor, Koko Hayashi’s viral video, we now know that the proper place to “rest” your tongue is at the roof of your mouth for that sculpted cheekbone look. But face yoga is much more than that. Through a set of repetitive facial exercises, the muscles beneath your skin become more toned to give you a more youthful and lifted appearance. It can also increase circulation and blood flow, which results in a more radiant complexion. Plus, it feels relaxing and it’s easy to do via online tutorials at Face Yoga Method or apps like Koko Face Yoga (and it’s cheaper than Botox!)

The top trends in fitness and exercise to know for 2023.

7. Semaglutides

You might have heard of Ozempic, the “miracle weight loss drug” that is rumored to have helped Kim Kardashian fit into Marilyn Monroe’s dress at the Met Gala. It belongs to a class of drugs called semaglutides. Typically used to help lower blood glucose levels in people with type 2 diabetes, they are now being used off-label for weight loss. So much so that there’s a nationwide shortage for Ozempic and another alternative, Wegovy despite its high out-of-pocket cost which can reach over $1,300 for a month’s supply. The once a week injection essentially imitates a hormone called glucagon-like peptide-1 that we naturally produce in our intestines and limits the appetite by signaling to our bodies that we feel full and prompting our stomachs to empty more slowly. We neither condone nor endorse it, but we expect the trend to keep growing in 2023. Which is just to say — your frenemy who just lost a lot of weight might have had some help!

Innovative fitness and exercise trends to know for 2023

There you have it — 7 fitness and wellness trends to make the new year a little bit healthier, or at least, less boring

Julie Murphy

Julie began her career in fashion as a design intern at 3.1 Phillip Lim after graduating from Parsons School of Design. As the fashion editor at Dandelion Chandelier, she brings over a decade of experience as a designer and marketing creative to cover trends and styling.