What do fitness, yoga, and cross-fit have in common? All three sports were born indoors, but can also be practiced outdoors. In fact, they are increasingly so, since the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic and the social distancing measures introduced almost everywhere in the world.
At the height of the summer season and with the threat of a second wave of Covid-19s, the outdoor sport seems to be more popular. Not to mention the headache of masks, which are less of a problem outdoors even if more and more cities are imposing them outside.
Here are three sports that are as trendy as ever, including those played outdoors.
In recent years, it is no longer rare to find yoga classes in the open air: on the beach, on the edge of a lake, in the middle of a forest? Given the proximity between people for the classes given in the studios, the practice of “outdoor” yoga could have a bright future ahead of it. And what could be better than meditating and stretching in front of a beautiful landscape?
Shortly after the release of the containment, several gyms offered outdoor Crossfit sessions. The mats are laid out in the open air and the equipment is moved around for the duration of a session. In Quebec, the Tonic Crossfit studio took the decision to reopen its studio in mid-May and to give classes exclusively outdoors, without exchanging equipment and with a regulation distance between participants.
Just like Crossfit, fitness also tends to take place outdoors. A strategy that French sports coaches or gyms have implemented from the end of confinement in May, for example by installing training equipment outdoors or organizing outdoor classes.
In the United States, several experts have also recommended that outdoor fitness classes should be given, as this process is “more conducive to social distancing and the adoption of measures that could reduce the risk of transmission”.
Will this attraction to the outdoors continue in the post-COVID era? Only time will tell…