Jazzercise to Yoga: The Hottest Exercise Trends of 2020

Going to the gym to exercise has become the last thing you want to do in the year 2020. This doesn’t mean that people have stopped working out. Exercise trends still exist, and they have somewhat shifted to accommodate more at-home options.

 

Online Gyms

A number of gyms across the country have been providing online exercise classes as a way to keep you to stay as a member. These classes range from spin classes to yoga workouts and more often than not will take place over the video conferencing app zoom. Check with your gym to see if they are offering any classes that interest you.

 

Virtual Trainer

Building from the idea of online gyms is getting a personal trainer online. Often hiring an in-person personal trainer can be pricy, and at the moment it isn’t the safest thing to do, but a virtual trainer will give you the same one-on-one attention and personalized guidance in a safer environment for what is often a fraction of the price.

 

Yoga

Yoga workouts are a collection of stretching and breathing exercises that aim to improve core strength and stamina. Exercises can range in intensity from meditation to long periods of stretching. Yoga is an incredibly accessible form of working out. You don’t need to buy a crazy amount of expensive equipment or have access to a home gym. all you need is an exercise mat and some floor space. Even if you don’t know how to do yoga that still shouldn’t stop you. It is so easy to access so many good yoga workouts from home. YouTube has a huge bounty of people with varied workouts for all levels of experience. Or if you are looking for a more professional instructor, professional workout videos could be the way to go like the ever-popular Yoga Burn Program. But before you try make sure you check out the yoga burn program review.

 

Meditation

Hollowing on from yoga, meditating as a part of your workout can be an incredibly useful way to control your core strength. Being able to quietly be alone with your body before a workout can really help you get in tune with yourself. At the same time, you are also alone with your thoughts, and being able to recognize and expel any anxieties or worries before going into a workout can help make it a better experience.

 

High Tech Fitness

As we soldier on ever into the future, technology is becoming more in line with that of science fiction and fitness technology is no exception. The peloton exercise bikes are a good example. Though expensive they are just as good and likely way better than any exercise bike you would get at your local gym. They come with an attached screen that not only serves as a window into piles of different workouts but also allows you to watch YouTube or stream music through Spotify. It condenses everything you need for a good cardio workout into one piece of equipment.

 

Cardio Dance Classes

Dance cardio classes such as Zumba and jazzercise are the way forward in cardio workouts. It turns the chore of running on a treadmill or sweating on an exercise bike into a fun and often social experience. Of course, at the moment the social side isn’t as easy but with online classes becoming more and more available it’s not impossible to have that aspect be alive and well. Not only are these classes focused on getting your heartbeat up, but they are also incredible mood boosters. Dancing along to upbeat music as a workout can really make things more fun.

Music Schools are Seeing a Surge In Applicants For a Surprising Reason

During the lockdown, many things have become much more difficult. Non-essential shops had to close, entertainment venues were shut down, schools were suspended, and almost the entire country was confined to their homes. All of this meant there was a drop in overall spending (apart from to panic buy toilet roll) in all sectors. Many places lost business almost overnight, and many businesses had to close permanently due to the sudden loss in income.

However, one of the places which seemed to have thrived on adapting to the new circumstances of the pandemic is music schools. Applications for study have been rising because of the manner in which institutions have been rising to meet online course demands. Here’s how they did it.

 

Communication

Frequent and clear communication is important regardless of whether a global pandemic is happening or not, however it is especially key for teaching, and even more so online. Being able to have student-teacher communication is imperative to student learning. With online communication, students are able to ask questions and receive quick responses from their tutors, just how they’re able to in person. Frequent communication is key to making sure students aren’t falling behind due to the pandemic. This kind of communication allows for more personal and attentive teaching as each response is individualized. While it may not be perfect, this kind of communication is key to distanced learning.

 

Video teaching

One of the most utilized tools during the pandemic has been video-communication. Whether that be Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or other forms of video chatting, these communication platforms have been invaluable. Another reason music schools have been having an influx of applicants is, as a music student, all that is needed is high-quality sound for an online appraisal of your practice. While it’s true group practices are harder to achieve, individual practices aren’t hindered, and another workaround is available for group practice. This also means that once distanced learning is no longer necessary, students will still know the sound of playing with others and find it easy to adapt when able to practice with others again.

 

Online resources

Another further reason music schools are thriving during lockdown is their huge access to online resources. Although other institutions also have access to subject-specific recourses, music schools are already refined within their niche of music, allowing for further funding to be allocated to specialist resources within different music niches. Having extra funding allows students great online resources to learn from: teaching videos, sheet music, access to the latest books, and so much more. With high-quality online resources, students are still able to receive a good education.

 

Student Participation

We’ve discussed teacher-communication and video platforms to teach students, but not much on how important student interaction is. In order for students to learn and retain what they’re taught, students need to be more active in their education than ever before. Some music schools in particular have set up precursor agreements for their online applicants. To be accepted as a student, all applicants much agree to the following terms: a recording of their practice must be sent once each week to be appraised and critiqued by their tutors, along with a slow tempo recording of their technical work, as well as written music scores. This means all students must be engaged and their progress monitored and logged. All students must adhere to these tasks to ensure they are on track and keeping up with distanced learning. It is one of the many safeguards put in place to help make sure no student is falling behind due to the new, unavoidable teaching methods the pandemic has made staple. Schools have also allowed these requirements to be sent via any platform the student finds easiest to access. This ensures no student is disadvantaged due to software or hardware access, and for more flexibility during the difficult time of distance learning.

Although there are negatives to distanced learning, many have said learning online will help students become familiar with music software and the skills needed to operate them, such as how to mix in key, overlay their own music to others, and record their work with good sound.

Although the notion of distance learning brings many unknowns, it also brings new ways to interact with students, as well as teaching them to learn and access their music in different ways.

This Country is fighting to Make E-Sports part of the Olympics

With the next Olympic Games being held in Tokyo, albeit delayed due to COVID-19, many were pushing for e-sports to be added to the catalog of sports available to compete in. Japan has a huge e-sports scene, dominating the world circuit in many games, such as Fortnite, DOTA 2, League of Legends, et cetera. It could have been a huge success for Japan in this area of the games, yet attempts by several gaming personality giants, professional players, and sponsors failed.

 

A Sad Defeat

Though e-sports won’t feature in the Tokyo 2021 games, France is considering adding virtual events alongside other sports, but not conventional video games. Simulators, such as sailing simulators will run alongside, but it’s a step in the right direction for e-sports being recognized at a professional level alongside other sports. It’s a huge, complicated debate if e-sports, warrants the tag “sport”, as many argue why aren’t Chess or Monopoly considered sports? On the contrary, e-sports can be seen to Archery or Shooting, as e-sports uses muscle memory and athletic prowess in the hands.

One country that is actively trying to put e-sports on the map is China, with the Asian 2022 games making several e-sports events medalled competitions, this is a massive step in recognizing e-sports, games such as DOTA 2, League of Legends, CS:GO as competitive sporting events rather than just video games for recreational fun. Albeit, the Asian games hosted in Hangzhou in 2022 also includes non-athletic events such as Chess, making e-sports not likely to appear in the Olympic Games anytime soon. If you’re an aspiring e-sports professional but don’t have the rankings on the leaderboards to hold up your skill, myboosting can help you appear on several games higher up the leaderboards and recognizing your potential and skill competitively.