The last year has taught us that health and wellness are the number one priority. I’m constantly on the lookout for new and exciting trends in fitness and as an early adopter, I never get tired of seeing what’s new in this industry. No two people are alike on their respective journeys to achieving optimal health outcomes.
In this long blog post, I’ll cover my ultimate list of the most popular health and fitness trends you can test out for your own personal journey.
Let’s get after it.
What are the best health and fitness trends of 2021?
Here are my top picks in no particular order.
Telehealth is the modern way to get health care when you need it. No more sitting in a waiting room, staring at walls and getting anxious. Telehealth brings top quality providers without the long drives or expensive travel. Telehealth
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine have been used as a natural remedy and form of medical treatment for over 3 thousand years. Acupuncture brings relief of pain, reduce inflammation and can help with fertility, vitality and longevity. Acupuncture
3. Red light Therapy Devices.
Red light therapy can be a lifesaver for those who suffer from all sorts of ailments. It is also known to minimize signs of aging and improve skin quality in the process, and especially popular option during cold seasons when our immune system may weaken. – Pure Daily Care Skin Therapy Wand
4. Bed Air Conditioners.
If you’re looking for a way to cool down your bedroom in the summer, then bed air conditioners are just what you need. They help to keep you cool which research shows helps with insomnia and hot flashes. -Chilipad, Bed Jet 3, Ooler Sleep System
5. Bluetooth water bottles.
The world’s smartest water bottles are here—watch out forgetting or drinking enough of them at work because they come equipped with sync abilities and glowing reminders so you can keep track of your hydration from anywhere.- Hidratespark
6. Self Cleaning Water Bottles.
UV water bottles are an excellent way to ensure your drinking water is safe. They kill bacteria and viruses by using ultraviolet light as a disinfectant, which leads to a cleaner tasting drink that will not make you sick! Not only does this mean more refreshing drinks but also less expensive ones because the UV bulbs last up to 10 years before they need replacing. -Larq self-cleaning
7. Epilepsy Apps.
The introduction of apps designed for tackling epilepsy has helped people to take a practical approach when it comes to their seizures and manage how the condition affects one’s social, emotional, and physical well-being. -SeizAlarm, Epsy
8. Fem Tech or Sex Tech.
Fem Tech or Female Technology is tailored to the health and well-being of women. With these specialized products, women can use technology to improve their healthcare. -Elvie Pelvic floor trainers, Womanizer Pleasure Air Technology
9. Ovulation and Fertility Trackers.
These devices measure and track blood levels in order to identify a woman’s most fertile days. It helps women who want children find their best chance at getting pregnant. When it comes down to making babies, finding out where we stand with our menstrual cycle has never been so easy. -Ava Fertility Tracker, Daysy
10. Patch Heart Monitors.
When you sense an irregularity in your heartbeat, it can be a frightening experience. However, doctors use patch monitors to aid with the diagnosis and help identify what is causing these irregularities. – YourCAM, Zio
11. Meditation Chairs.
Meditation chairs are popular for a reason. They provide relief to the back and spine while sitting in one position, which can be very beneficial if you sit down for long periods of time every day! -Sattva Meditation Chair by Haiku Designs
12. Meditation Headbands.
In order to address the challenges of meditation in the modern world, scientists have developed a headband device that allows users to “unplug”. It does this by utilizing EEG technology and giving real-time feedback about their brain activity. –Muse 2
13. Home Infrared Saunas.
A person can get a sweat on in the privacy of their own home with an infrared sauna. The best part is that they don’t need to go anywhere because it’s right there, ready and waiting for them! -Home Depot
14. Home Radon Detectors.
Protect your family from the dangers of radon with in-home smart Radon gas detection kits. These devices use advanced technology to measure and monitor how much of this deadly carcinogen is present in your environment, allowing you to take action before it’s too late! -RadonEye Pro, Nest
15. Smart Insoles.
The benefits of the new lightweight sports insole used for running and golf, come with a patented pressure sensor technology allowing for accurate tracking. The insoles also help correct gait when walking, running or swinging your clubs due to its specially designed design.-Nurvv
16. Leg Compression machine.
The leg compression machines are a great way to improve circulation and release toxins from your body which can lead to better overall health benefits like less fatigue, decreased joint pain, and more energy! -Hyperice
17. Fitness Equipment for Seniors.
As we grow older, our body systems perform differently. Muscle wasting is a common problem that increases your risk of falling and reduces your quality of life. This is why it’s extremely important to choose the appropriate exercises and equipment for each individual’s needs. –Streetstrider 2 in 1 bike, PhysioStep HXT Recumbant Cross Trainer
18. Fat freezing machines.
Cryolipolysis is the latest weight loss technique that involves freezing fat cells. In other words, it’s similar to liposuction but without any surgery and can be done at your cosmetic surgeon’s office or with at-home devices. One of the many benefits of cryolipolysis is that it destroys fat cells immediately, unlike other weight loss programs which take a few days to show results. –Clatuu Alpha, Coolsculpting
19. Easy at-home lab tests.
If you’re looking for a less invasive, more convenient way to examine your health than going in-person and waiting hours at the doctor’s office or hospital lab, then home testing may be just what you need. The benefits of this type of test are that it can measure levels like food sensitivities, cholesterol and glucose without having an appointment! You typically get results within one week.-EverlyWell
20. Massage guns.
A massage gun is an easy-to-use device that aims to reduce inflammation by flushing extracellular fluids such as lymph fluid and venous blood out of the muscle tissue. It can help relax tight muscles, break up scar tissue and adhesions, and minimize muscle soreness or tension.-theragun, Handheld massage sticks, Heated Massage Gun- SKG- F5 Massage Gun
21. Smart Skipping Rope.
With a Smart Jump Rope, there is no need for guessing how many calories you have burned or the progress that you make. Stay motivated and keep track of your fitness goals by unlocking awards with every jump. – tangram
22. Metabolism Tracker Device.
These pocket-sized wellness products help you measure and track your metabolic rate. This device measures the oxygen in one’s breath and analyzes and makes meal planning easy. -Lume
23. Underwater Streaming Device
Swimmers rejoice! Imagine being able to Stream underwater from your phone: music, podcasts, audiobooks, and our app of guided workouts – all with one device! No more preloading- with a Live coaching feature for swimming including other water sports like SUP Yoga or Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP). -Zygo
24. Continuous Blood Glucose Monitoring
CGM is the most advanced technology for monitoring glucose levels in people with diabetes. CGM automatically tracks your glucose levels day and night using a small sensor worn on the back of the upper arm and a monitor that lets you view your glucose levels at any time. -Dexcom G6
25. Sports focused wireless buds
Earbuds are perfect for on-the-go lifestyles, no need to hassle with unwinding the cord and devices. These take it one step further by adding comfort through technology – ultra-light, sweatproof materials that don’t slip out of your ears even during a tough workout. Whether you’re listening to your favorite song or catching up on Podcast episodes on your commute home, these wireless earbuds have got you covered! -EU Fits by Ultimate Ears
26. Home bike / Peleton alternatives.
For people who are too busy to take the time to go to the gym, Peloton is for you. Get in shape from your own home with fitness classes on demand and an at-home bike that mimics a real spin class. -Peleton, Schwinn IC4
27. Body + Smart Scales.
It’s time to control your stats and reach your goals with the help of our intelligent, Wi-Fi smart scales. These scales help you track weight, muscle mass, bone density, and water percentage.- Withings
28. Estim machines/ Tens units.
This therapy for muscle recovery sends signals to targeted muscles to make them contract. E-stim therapy has many applications for relieving pain and maintaining mobility and has been shown to ward off injury and help your body heal faster. -Powerdot 2.0
29. Smart Watches/ Wearable fitness trackers.
There’s never been a better time to invest in wearable fitness trackers. Technology makes keeping track easy. -Garmin. Fitbit. Whoop.
30. Vibrating Foam Roller.
Ergonomically designed for tired muscles after those intense workouts, the vibrating foam roller helps you make it through painful asanas with a deep-reaching “buzz” and get your mind into relaxation mode. – Pulserall Plus
31. Weighted vest for sports.
Weights are a great way to amp up your workouts and take them to the next level. Weighted vests can be used with bodyweight exercises like pushups or running for added resistance, making this home workout rival any trip you might make to the gym! -TRX Training, Hyperwear
32. Heart Rate Monitors.
The newest wearable fitness heart rate system can accurately track your effort levels to keep you motivated and engaged. -Myzone MZ3
33. Isometric personal strength & fitness devices.
This little wonder claims to improve your quality of life. The one-of-a-kind device measures how well each muscle group is working and is essential gear for anyone who wants to maintain or increase their mobility levels with age. -Activ5
34. Smart Swim Goggles.
Swim like a dolphin with the help of these sleek, smart goggles. The screen shows accurate performance metrics including distance, pace, and more while not compromising on style or comfort. -FORM Swim Goggles
35. Smart Exercise Mirrors.
Mirror mirror on the wall…Customize any exercise from high-energy cardio, yoga, strength training to Pilates and boxing workouts directly in front of this mirror with our unlimited live classes or at home with offline exercises thanks to the advantage of Bluetooth. -Temp Fitness, Tonal
36. Portable Compression Wraps / Socks.
Many people with a higher risk for DVT, lymphedema or just plain tightness can benefit from wearing compression wraps around their legs. These wraps keep swelling down and increase blood flow. -SPRYNG Deep Tissue, Exum Crew Sock
37. Slide boards.
Slide boards are excellent for building and strengthening the plantar, dorsal muscles of your feet as well as ligaments in your ankle. The sliding motion builds up a cardio workout that impacts many parts of the body while only using one piece of equipment! -SPRI Slideboard
38. Interactive Home Gym.
Skip the gym and work out in your living room! From connected treadmills to rowing machines, compact interactive home fitness is on-trend. – Interactivestudio by JaxJox
39. Freestanding Boxing devices.
Like boxing? These devices are like your personal boxing coach, delivering high-energy interactive workouts anytime and anywhere. -Liteboxer Bundle, FightCamp
40. Mini trampolines Rebounders.
Mini trampolines are more than just fun. Rebounding can exercise your entire body and is a great way to stimulate your lymphatic system fluids to reduce swelling. -The Ness Trampoline, Bellicon, Leaps and Rebounds
41. Mini Resistance Training Gyms.
Get the same benefits of a gym experience with just 30 minutes and 2 feet of space. These mini boards let you take your workout wherever you go with our library of workouts that can be customized to fit your needs. Take it outside during summer or get in on a break while working at home!- Board30 Mini
42. Micro Home Pilates Machines.
These small compact versions of our beloved reformers bring a new Pilates experience to at-home and on-the-go workouts! It’s an easy-to-store, lightweight machine that will give you the results you want without leaving home. –The Micro #2
43. Battle Ropes.
Battle ropes are not your average rope. Designed to be used with functional fitness routines, workouts for runners and cyclists, or as a stand-alone exercise. -Combat Rope with Protective Sheath
44. Smart Sweat Patches.
These Sweat Patches stick to your forearm, collect your sweat while engaged in an intense workout and provides you with easy-to-read data. -GX Sweat Patch
45. Swim Caps for big hair protection.
Forget struggling to get a swim cap over tangled hair, This swim cap is for all your long, curly, and wavy journeys in and out of chlorinated water. -Soul Cap
46. Spring Powered Balance Boards.
Balance Boards are perfect for anyone looking to increase their flexibility, range of motion, and strength. They work your ankle ligaments and core to help prevent injuries and increase balance. –Strongboard Balance Board
47. Sand or Water-filled Kettlebells.
Introducing Sandbag or water-filled kettlebells for high-intensity workouts at the beach. Train your entire body in the surf with this innovative product that is taking functional training by storm. -DryBell
48. Portable suspension bands
It takes just seconds to set up and you’ll be on your way to building true fitness! You get a full-body workout while simultaneously working out your core. No matter where your travels take you or the size of the space available, you can always find room suspension training. -TRX Strong System
49. Travel Yoga Mats.
Roll out your yoga mat at every spot you stay, from hotels to campsites. With a practical and versatile design built for travel with portability in mind. -Sahaja Mats
50. Personalized Vitamin Packs
Personalized vitamin packs are a proven way to make sure you’re getting the best supplements for your specific needs. They customize vitamins based on DNA, blood, and lifestyle data and are available with subscriptions. -Persona, Rootine
51. Weighted Hula Hoop
A weighted hula hoop is a bigger and heavier version of your old childhood friend, the hula hoop. It can help you stay fit by strengthening and improving balance, burning calories and increasing your cardiovascular health. -Smarthoop
52. Outdoor Ice Bath
A cold plunge bath is the best way to lower pain levels and relieve muscle spasms after injury. The intense sensation of a cold plunge might be shocking, but its benefits for nerve endings are unmatched. -Ice Barrel, ColdTub, Home Depot
53. Durable Resistance Bands
Resistance bands are all the rage right now and for good reason! Not only do they improve how well you can exercise but by using them in your workout, there’s a ton of other benefits you’ll start to see. Take them with you anywhere! -Toroband
54. Smart Jewelry.
Want beauty and brains in your fitness tracker? Smart jewelry in the form of necklaces, rings and earrings are the answer to your prayers. –Leaf Urban Health Tracker Necklace/Bracelet
55. Indoor garden kits / systems.
Grow and harvest your own food in the comfort of your home with this indoor smart garden system. With many different varieties to choose from, you’ll be able to grow virtually anything you want and you don’t need a lot of space. -Aerogarden
56. Compact Air purifier
Compact air purifier can help you and your family breathe easier and protect against disease. They work to remove airborne pollen, allergens, pet dander, hair clippings, dust mites and cigarette smoke throughout the house. -BlueAir blue pure 411 Air purifier
57. Clean Tray UV Sterilization Case.
Keep your personal items germ-free with the Clean Tray UV Sterilization Case. This inexpensive solution kills 99% of harmful bacteria and germs that can be lurking on anything via a powerful, high-tech light sterilizer. -CleanTray
58. Massage Socks.
Designed especially for foot pain sufferers, these socks pack the same punch as other T.E.N.S units without a pesky wire or conductive spray! -Palm NRG Massage Socks
59. Posture Correctors.
Align your posture with the help of high-quality posture correctors. You’ll find them in a range of styles, sizes, and materials. -Upright Go Original Posture Trainer and Corrector
60. Shiatsu Heated neck and shoulder massagers.
Your neck and shoulders will finally get the attention you desire. With this massage device, you’ll always have access to tender kneads waiting for you at home or work. -Sharper Image, Biomedics
61. Cooling Weighted Blankets.
Hot nights, restless sleepers and cranky days? Get a blanket that aims to cool your core for an improved mood and balanced day ahead. These blankets control temperature while its deep pressure stimulation helps lower feelings of stress, improves sleep quality and boosts mood! -Chiliblanket, Bearaby, 30 lb HUSH
62. Food Subscription Boxes.
Food delivered right to your door when you want it. The convenience of ordering and eating without making a single trip to the grocery store. With options for curated bundles or custom orders, there’s something for every taste. -Thrive Market, Veestro, RAW Generation
63. Online fitness memberships
Do you want to get fit from the privacy of your own home? You don’t have to spend hours at pricey gyms, when you can get in shape and tone up with an online workout subscription. The best ones offer a range of exercises that will keep you motivated and challenged so there’s never a dull moment. -Beachbody OnDemand, Les Mills, Alo Moves, Pilates Anytime Subscription
64. Food Tracker Apps.
Tracking your nutrition has some serious perks. Nutritional apps are here to make it easy as ever and can even help if you have food intolerances, need more energy or want better moods. -Myfitnesspal
65. Non-toxic home products.
Natural and biodegradable alternatives to harsh back-breaking chemicals. These cleaners are gentle, safe for pets and the whole family, and they save you money on harsh chemical ingredients. -Grove Collaborative
66. Music Playlists that connect
All your favorite songs, all your playlists, and an unlimited number of songs in your personal library. When you share on social with friends, they can see what you’re listening to and then create sessions so that a group can listen simultaneously. -Spotify, Aaptiv
66. Bamboo Sheets hypoallergenic
Bamboo sheets are organic and naturally hypoallergenic with antibacterial properties. Bamboo bedding also keeps you cool during the hot summer months by reducing moisture to keep allergens at a minimum. Its natural softness and breathability make it incredibly comfortable! -Cariloha
67. Orthopedic Pillows.
Orthopedic pillows reduce the neck and head pain that often occurs as a result of sleeping with regular pillows. Unlike flat, boring pillows, this has an ergonomic design which cradles your neck for increased comfort. -Original Bones Orthobone Pillow
67. Sleep Headphones.
Block out the noise of your snoring partner or noisy house with these tech-enabled sleep headphones. Instantly shut off any sounds that might be keeping you awake! -3d Sleep mask
68. Smart Sleeping Masks.
It’s like you’re sleeping with a movie director. The world around you is dark, but your sleep mask lets you tune the lighting and sound for an experience just right for your needs. Dream of what’s possible when there are no distractions and all anybody really wants to do is get some nice, deep sleep. -Lumostech Sleep
69. Smart Wake-up lights.
Traditional alarm clocks rely on disruptive sounds to wake you up. Smart Wake-Up Lights gently stimulate your visual senses with light that increases in intensity every half hour, helping you naturally wake up feeling refreshed and prepared for the day ahead. -LBell7 colored night light sunrise simulation sleep aid, Dreamlights – Sleep Better
70. Blue light blocking glasses.
Rather than squinting and straining while scrolling through your email at the end of the day, slip on a pair of blue-light blocking glasses. Symptoms such as eye fatigue and discomfort can be offset with these hi-tech eyewear. They also help prevent/reduce the likelihood of Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). -Lensdirect, Zenni
71. Acupressure Back Mat and Neck Pillows.
Reduce your pain with an acupressure mat and pillow set. It relieves back, neck, head, hand and foot pain from the comfort of your own bed. -Ajna Wellbeing
72. Sleep Aid Devices.
You deserve a good night’s rest without resorting to medication when you hit snooze. That’s why these sleep-aid devices offer a natural solution that can teach you how to fall asleep naturally with the sound of your own breathing or an ambient noise coming from all directions. -Moon Beam,
Yogasleep Whish White Noise Sound Machine, ResMed S+
73. Dental Night Guards.
A night guard is the best way to protect your teeth during sleep. A mouthguard can also help with TMJ and sinus conditions. -Cheeky
74. Mouth Breather Tape.
Keep the air flowing and your quality of sleep will be much improved. Mouth breather tape works by promoting more consistent use of the upper airway, which in turn helps us improve sense of taste & smell due to reduced nasal congestion, reduces heart rate and decreases levels of adrenaline. -Sleep Strips Amazon
75. Wireless Blood Pressure Monitors.
Take charge of your health with a versatile blood pressure monitor. You’ll feel confident with features like portability, Bluetooth capability, accurate measurements from home or on-the-go. -Omron Evolv
76. Blenders and Juicers.
Blend and juices at home in seconds, so you can enjoy the maximum nutrients from your meal. Ideal for busy lifestyles who want to add nutrition to their diet with ease. -Scott Soup Maker, Vitamix Blender, Breville Juicer, Phillips Avance centrifugal juicer
77. Home Water Filters and Purifiers.
Whether you want cleaner, healthier water for drinking or cooking, water purification may be the only way to guarantee you’re getting what you pay for. -Zero Water Purifier, Berkey
78. Hygienic Trash Compactors.
Reduce your waste footprint and protect your own health with these innovative, compact trash cans. We’ll help you save time, money, and the planet. -JosephJoseph Titan Hygienic Trash Compactor
79. Smart Thermometers.
Invest in a thermometer that is designed with accuracy and safety in mind! The accurate readings are determined by 8 degrees of piercing ultrasonic pulses. -Withings Thermo
80. Smart Knee Braces and Straps.
Active intelligent knee straps / braces. These devices combines technology and modern innovation in order to help healthcare professionals assess knee range of motion, at-home exercise compliance, and changes in pain. -Firefly, Bend
81. Infared Sauna Blanket
Whether you use your sauna blanket for relaxing or detoxification, Infrared Sauna Blankets have been taking the nation by storm. They improve blood circulation, relieve sore joints and muscles, and bring about a natural sense of relaxation. -Higherdose
82. Ice rollers.
These handy gadgets, which you store in the freezer and apply to skin cold, take all the fuss out of icing your face. And their various applications (migraine relief!) make them worth every dollar spent! -Recoup Cryosphere
83. Active Video Games.
Fitness video games work to improve your physical fitness and skills. Active games, which encourage players to jump and maintain balance, can promote better balance over time and increase coordination. -Nintendo ringfit, Just dance 2021, Black Box Virtual Reality
84. Virtual Reality Training Apps.
Virtual reality training (VR) has been a game changer in the world of fitness. With VR workouts, you live inside the environment and interact with it while getting fit. -Virzoom
89. Fitness Club Apps.
Fitness club apps make it easy to find participating fitness clubs and learn their schedules, prices, and class offerings. Sign up for membership or book the studio of your choice on the fly with a single tap. -Equinox Variis- SoulCycle, Equinox, Pure Yoga, Precision Run
90. Mind Machines.
Mind machines offer a range of benefits that can help reduce anxiety, stress, and even pain. It’s an excellent tool to use when you’re trying to sleep, or just want to relax for 10 minutes. -Kasina Deep Vision bundle, Brain Zapper- Thynk Relax Pro Wearable Brain Zapper, Spire Mindfulness Activity Tracker, Melomind- relax headband
91. Meditation Apps.
Mindfulness apps provide focused living, relief from stress and anxiety. The interactive features promote greater awareness and control of your thoughts, emotions, physical reactions, and actions. -Ten percent happier App, Calm, Insight timer
92. Meditation Home Lighting.
Creating a meditative space through light alone can help you change your mood and clear your mind in a short amount of time. -Breathe, Philips Hue
94. Health Coaching
When you take the first step with a health coach, you’re taking care of your future. Together you’ll create a personalized plan that will get you to where you want to be with your health and wellness goals. -Health Coaching
95. Natural Deodorants.
I know what you are thinking- no hippy stink with this new technology. Say goodbye to body odor with doctor developed natural deodorants that are aluminum free, baking soda free, and hypoallergenic. -Lume Deodorant
95. Online Health Courses.
Research shows that diet and lifestyle account for 80% of your health, so it’s important to learn how to use integrative approaches with nutrition and lifestyle. Online courses empower you to combat the root of all disease: inflammation. –Vitality Success Blueprint Anti-Inflammatory Lifestyle Program
96. Patient Access To Personal Health Information
As a patient, you deserve to know more about your personal healthcare data. Your privacy is of the utmost importance and needs to be protected. The recent changes in 2020 have made it easier for patients to get the information that they need as well as the the confidence that the information is secure.
97. Wellness Travel Retreats
It can be difficult for us to take care of ourselves as we age. All the more reason to plan ahead, so you can live your best life. Wellness Tourism or virtual tourism can help you schedule an unforgettable health-focused vacation where stress levels are kept at bay and your spirit is lifted.- Can’t travel- no problem, try a Virtual retreat
What is a health and fitness trend?
Trends in health and wellness are important—they’re documentation of progress and experimentation, which allow us to connect with people in this very moment. It would be hard for you to imagine looking back into a trendless history because there wouldn’t have been any visible progression made throughout the years. We’d essentially just be stuck on one thing all the time instead of being able to evolve as we go along
The Bottom Line
In 2021, the fitness industry is expected to change drastically due in part to evolving technology. With at-home workouts and virtual training becoming more popular as well as health monitoring tech making it easier for people of all shapes and sizes to get into shape, exercising will finally be a worthwhile endeavor!