If your New Year’s Resolutions are waning, motivate with these hot trends in 2016. Each year the Amercian College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) reviews asks 2800 health and fitness professionals worldwide to identify the top trends in the fitness industry. Here are the results:
- Wearable Technology. Funny how just five years ago, watches were old school having been replaced by Smartphones. Now they’re back providing more entertainment, motivation and fun then any slap on the wrist could imagine. According to Forrester’s North American Consumer Technographics Consumer Technology Survey, 21% of us use this wearable device. The top brands include:
- 36% Fitbit
- 16% Nike Fuel Band
- 16% Apple Watch
- 15% Google Glass
- 13% Go Pro
- 13% Samsung Galaxy Gear
- 11% Microsoft Brand
- 10% Jawbone
They give real time feedback, motivating you to maximize your workout while providing you with more data than any exercise junkie could ever need.
2. Body Weight Training. Contrast our reliance on technology with our DIY pride. Push- ups, lunges, squats and planks make body weight training, the cost effective second place winner that you can do anywhere, just your body and you.
3. High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT): These 30 minute or less sessions meet our desire to exercise under limited time constraints. Maximizing the calorie burn while enhancing fitness levels for our time starved nation is guarenteed to interest many.
4. Strength Training. Strength training is tops on this list and mine. After age 40 we convert one percent of muscle on average to fat each year. We can successfully mitigate this loss and turn back the hands of time (in my body and mind) by increasing rather than losing muscle. I encourage everyone to strength train at least twice per week with 1-2 skip days in-between for muscle repair and growth.
5. Educated and Experienced Fitness Professionals. It’s important that you seek medical advice from a board certified doctor, nutrition advice from a registered dietitian nutritionist and exercise and fitness advice from a board certified trainer. Given the large number of mom and pop sweat shops that open up, it’s important for you to choose professionals certified through programs that are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), such as those offered by ACSM.
My money is on #8 Fitness Programs for Older Adults and #10 Yoga in 2017. As our baby boomers continue to age, it’s important that they retain their independence and that means being upright, strong, capable and keeping their faculties intact. Exercise is the free prescription that helps make this happen. Yoga in turn keeps our aging population agile and flexible rather than fragile and rigid. It is also one of the most sought after exercise programs of the millennial that favor it as a way to maintain balance and reduce stress.
Which trend(s) will recharge your commitment for improved fitness?