On TikTok, it seems that solo workouts are a thing of the past. Increasing numbers of people are posting more group-led activities, and, it appears, just having more fun as they exercise (Gym Friends has 87.4 million views and is pretty heart-warming viewing.) What’s the reason for this shift? Perhaps it’s due to the very singular way people exercised during the pandemic (often alone or at home via a screen) and the boredom of that setting in. But perhaps it’s also the recognition that the interaction of being part of a group can boost endorphins and could be an added mental health boost too.
As a bonus, having a fitness community could have an added accountability factor – studies show that gym-goers are much more likely to stick to exercise if they have a community. If all of that feels too much, you could pair your fitness app or devices with a friend (Apple Watch lets you buddy up) to keep you accountable. Or, if you love flying solo but still want the accountability, invest in a wellness or health coach, which is another burgeoning trend. Whatever you choose, having somebody there could make all the difference.
Going analog and journaling it all out
The simple life harks back to a time when we had a mere four TV channels and wrote actual letters. But with 504 million views on TikTok, it’s evident that simplifying our lives – across the board – is going to be huge in 2023. What’s the reason for this? Maybe we are missing part of the simplicity some experienced during the pandemic, with a slower pace and more time for homely pursuits like bread-baking. And the time to stop, think and write it all down.
While it’s long been a practice in the wellness community, the sheer scope of how popular journalling has become is evident on TikTok with a giant 4.3 billion views. Wellness writing trends have come in the form of gratitude journals and the ever-popular bullet journals. But really, there’s no right or wrong way to do it. But, if the idea of being faced with a blank page to fill terrifies you, there’s an increasing amount of designated wellness journals designed to help guide you through the process. MindJournal was created for men (although they’d benefit anyone) with science-backed exercises and mood trackers, while The Positive Planner has a variety of journals that allow you to track your thoughts, wellness habits and much more.