Forget gruelling workouts and exercise that, if you’re honest, you really don’t enjoy. This year’s key fitness trends champion working with (not against) your body. Meaningful exercise doesn’t have to be intense to help us move through the world with greater ease and promote good physical and mental health—both now and in the long term. Whether it’s a high-intensity boxing session to ramp up focus, or simply a walk in nature, give yourself permission to make your movement fun in the new year. Below, Vogue charts some of the biggest fitness trends for 2023.
The boxing revolution
A 360-degree workout for mind and body, boxing is the activity to try this year. Ruth Raper, a senior coach at London’s Jab, says she’s seen an uptick in female participation in the sport over the last few years. Female boxing was made an official Olympic sport at the 2012 games—and this is one of many positive outcomes. “Representation matters,” she says. “Plus, people are wising up to the fact that boxing is so good for you mentally. It gets your mind working, hormones pumping and because it’s a skill-based sport, you have to clear whatever you’ve been preoccupied with and focus.”