What Health Trends Will Be Hot In 2020

Bodyweight Training
Bodyweight Training

Dawning a New Decade of Health from nootropics and intermittent fasting to paleo and Goop, the 2010s were the wellness decade and, going into the 2020s; the trend isn’t losing any steam. A healthy body, a healthy mind is the order of the day, and the coming year’s viral trends are already taking shape.

Here’s a look at the movements and fads that will grab the health headlines in 2020. For a look back at what trends — health and otherwise — dominated the decade we’re leaving behind, check out The Hottest Trends Every Year of the Past Decade.

Here Are What Health Trends Will Be Hot In 2020



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The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) completed its 14th annual survey of worldwide fitness trends, which polled more than 3,000 worldwide fitness professionals about their expectations on what will trend in 2020.

The No. 1 response yet again — as it was in 2016, 2017, and 2019 — was wearables. Gartner says spending will total $52 billion in 2020, an increase of 27% over 2019.



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High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is apparently not short and intense enough in the era of sitting-is-the-new-smoking awareness. In 2020, experts from luxe-fitness club Equinox were among those predicting the rise of micro-HIIT.

Dubbed “movement snacks,” micro-HIIT involves tiny bursts of intense exercise in frequent increments throughout the day. That could include anything from running up the hallway stairs in the office or knocking out 100 pushups throughout the day in sets of 10 in the break room, anything to negate the gross effects of sitting and staring into a glowing box all day long.


8.Connected Bike and Treadmill Training

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Peloton built a loyal cult following an impressive subscriber base by redefining the age-old stationary exercise bike with a good product, good service, and slick ad campaign. That hasn’t translated into business success recently, but the company’s biggest problem is the patents it depends on to maintain what Bloomberg calls the “moat,” keeping out its competitors.

Peleton is fighting several tough patent validity legal challenges in court launched by competitors looking to undercut Peloton’s pricey equipment and subscriptions. The in-home, subscription workout bike market wasn’t going anywhere in 2020 — but Peloton’s reign as king of the hill might be over.


7.Smart Mirror Training

Smart Mirror Training
Smart Mirror Training

Like Peloton, Mirrorbrings live and pre-recorded workouts and even one-on-one personal training into your home with pricey ($1,495) but undeniably impressive equipment that calls for a $39 monthly subscription (individual personal training costs $40 per session).

With Mirror, you can watch both workouts and yourself at the same time while your trainer also watches you through a 40-inch 1080p vertical display with a 5-megapixel camera. Turn it off, and it looks just like a mirror with a lowercase “m.”




New on the high-end, in-home workout scene is Tonal, which is like a blend between Peloton and Mirror, including connected strength training hardware like the former and an interactive visual display like the latter.

With a $3,000 price tag and a $50 monthly subscription fee, the weight-lifting system is even pricier than the others — but it’s catching on fast with high-end fitness buffs. If you want to know how high end, consider that many Tonal enthusiasts also own and subscribe to Peloton.


5.Free Weights

5 workouts you can do at home
5 workouts you can do at home

Systems like Peloton, Mirror, and Tonal have cult followings, but all the cult members have one thing in common — lots of disposable income. They’re well out of reach for the unwashed masses, but raising and lowering hunks of metal is not.

The ACSM survey predicts free weights, including things like non-machine-assisted barbells, dumbbells, and kettlebells — will be the No. 4 fitness trend of 2020.


4.Bodyweight Training

Bodyweight Training
Bodyweight Training

No. 7 on the ACSM list is bodyweight training. That’s where you use that bag full of meat, bones, and water you drag around with you everywhere you go for resistance training instead of weights. Pushups, pullups, and the miserable experience known as burpees are always annual contenders because they’re simple, safe, effective, and you can do them anywhere with no equipment.




A generic name used to describe the vast number of Korean-derived products that are influencing American beauty trends, K-beauty looks to be poised for a 2020 takeoff, according to Elle.

Green tea cleansing sticks, coconut cleansing oil, and sheet masks are all part of the rage, and companies are cashing in and stocking their shelves as the trend continues to grow.


2.Encapsulated Ingredients

Encapsulated Ingredients
Encapsulated Ingredients

According to the theU.S. Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, “Many cosmetics and personal care products contain biologically active substances that require encapsulation for increased stability of the active materials.”

By suspending those ingredients in a special coating, beauty companies create a wave of new cosmetics based on encapsulated ingredients. According to a PopSugar interview with Glow Recipe’s cofounders, “encapsulated ingredients” could become household lingo in 2020.


1.Sound Bath Healing

Sound Bath Healing
Sound Bath Healing

Although Tibetans would likely say that singing bowl meditation was trending in the fifth century, it’s “having a moment” in the runup to 2020, according to SheKnows. There’s no actual bath, at least in a water sense, just ancient-looking bowls that play soothing music, which practitioners hope will relax and heal their bodies.

Harper’s Bazaar provides proof of the movement’s rise with a report showing that searches for “sound bath healings” have increased by 285%.