Big fitness goals for 2021? Getting fit and losing weight are some of the most common New Year's resolutions. It’s not too late to get started! In this article, we've got the tips (and the socks) to support your 2021 fitness journey.
Gym and Fitness Classes
If you’re the type of person that prefers working out at the gym or with a fitness class, find an open facility in your area. There are many gyms and fitness centers that are open and abiding by health and safety guidelines. Many facilities are taking extra steps to clean equipment, encouraging guests to keep socially distant by spacing out equipment and reducing class sizes, and requiring guests to wear a mask while they work out. If you feel safe at your favorite facility and don’t mind working out with a mask on, this could be an option for you!
You may think that you can’t get in a good workout at home without fancy equipment like a treadmill or exercise bike. However, if you’re looking for no-equipment cardio exercises, you should look online! There are many apps and websites that offer virtual training programs and classes. Some traditionally in-person facilities are still offering virtual classes, too. You can even check social apps like YouTube, TikTok, and Instagram for cardio workout classes and routine inspiration! HIIT, kickboxing, barre, and dance cardio classes like Zumba are great options to get your heart rate up without the need for cardio equipment.
If you’re more interested in weight training this year, you can order an inexpensive set of weights online. If you’re just starting out, you’ll probably only need a few dumbbells or kettlebells in smaller weight increments. No need to rush out and buy a large, expensive set! Try a set of 10-, 15-, and 20-pound dumbbells or kettlebells. These weights are very versatile and will allow you to practice weight training with little restrictions. If you don’t want to invest in new equipment, get creative with what is already in your home! Books, cans or bags of food, and backpacks filled with a variety of items can all be used as weights when in a pinch.
Get in a great sweat and enjoy the fresh air in the great outdoors! The options for outdoor workouts vary depending on the climate that you live in. For those who live in colder climates, you can still run or hike outside with proper equipment! Be sure to dress in non-cotton layers so you can keep your temperature regulated. If it’s slippery outside, invest in a pair of shoes that are specifically made for outdoor use, like trail running shoes. If it’s snowy where you live, cross country skiing and snowshoeing are great outdoor cardio activities that can be done in the snow! Check around your area for cross country skiing trails or resorts where you can rent equipment and learn the basics.
In warmer areas, some fitness centers are offering their normal classes in outdoor spaces. Check your local fitness centers to see if this option is available. Hiking is a great form of outdoor exercise as well! Check out local trails and park websites before visiting to be sure they’re open this season before heading out. Be sure to also bring a mask and stay 6 feet apart from others as you enjoy the fresh air!
No matter how you’re conquering your fitness goals this year, you’ll need socks that can support you! Here are some of our top performance sock picks for 2021: