20 Fitness Trends for 2016

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has recently published its top 20 fitness trends of 2016, based on findings from a worldwide survey. The ACSM circulated the survey to thousands of professionals across the globe to determine the health and fitness trends for this year. It is believed that the findings will help to inform health and fitness programmes throughout the year. The ACSM has conducted the survey each year since 2006, using the same methodology.

Woman looking at wearable fitness device

Here is a brief look at the trending 20:

1. Wearable technology. Introduced just a few years ago, wearable technology includes fitness trackers, smart watches, heart rate monitors, and GPS tracking devices.

2. Body weight training. Typical body weight training programs use minimal equipment, which makes it a very inexpensive way to exercise effectively.

3. High-intensity interval training. Despite the warnings by some health and fitness professionals of potentially increased injury rates using high-intensity interval training, this form of exercise remains popular in gyms all over the world.

4. Strength training. Strength training remains popular in all sectors of the health and fitness industry and for many different kinds of clients.

5. Educated, certified, and experienced fitness professionals. There continues to be exponential growth of accredited educational programs at colleges and universities around the world.

6. Personal training. As more professional personal trainers are educated and become certified (see trend no. 5), they are increasingly more accessible in all sectors of the health and fitness industry.

7. Functional fitness. Replicating actual physical activities someone might do as a function of his or her daily routine, functional fitness is defined as using strength training to improve balance, coordination, force, power, and endurance to enhance someone’s ability to perform activities of daily living.

8. Fitness programs for older adults. Health and fitness professionals should take advantage of this exponentially growing market by providing age-appropriate and safe exercise programs for the aging sector of the population.

9. Exercise and weight loss. The combination of exercise and weight loss is a trend toward incorporating weight loss programs that emphasise caloric restriction with a sensible exercise program.

10. Yoga. Yoga seems to reinvent and refresh itself every year, making it a more attractive form of exercise.

11. Group personal training. This approach offers potentially deep discounts to each member of the group and creates an incentive for clients to put small groups together.

12. Worksite health promotion. Designed to improve the health and well-being of employees, this is a trend for a range of programs and services that evaluate health, health care costs, and worker productivity.

13. Wellness coaching. Wellness coaching often uses a one-on-one approach similar to a personal trainer, with the coach providing support, guidance, and encouragement.

14. Outdoor activities. Outdoor activities often include hiking, canoeing, kayaking, and games or sports. Outdoor activities also can include high-adventure programs such as overnight camping trips and mountain climbing.

15. Sport-specific training. This trend incorporates sport-specific training for sports such as baseball and tennis, designed especially for young athletes.

16. Flexibility and mobility rollers. Designed to massage, relieve muscle tightness and muscle spasms, increase circulation, ease muscular discomfort, and assist in the return to normal activity, these devices include the deep tissue roller, myofascial release, and trigger point relief.

17. Smart Phone Exercise Apps. Smart phone exercise apps such as the Nike Training Club (free app) includes audio and visual prompts to begin and end exercise and includes cues.

18. Circuit training. Each exercise is performed for a specified number of repetitions or for a set period before having a quick rest and moving on to the next exercise. Circuit weight training has been around for a long time, and it seems to continue to be popular.

19. Core training. Exercising the core muscles improves overall stability of the trunk and transfers that to the extremities, enabling the individual to meet the demands of activities of daily living and for the performance of various sports that require strength, speed, and agility.

20. Outcome measurements. A trend that addresses accountability, outcome measurements are efforts to define and track measurable results to prove that a selected program actually works.

To read the full article, including details of the survey, click here

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