When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, it’s no secret that fitness is often No. 1. Exercise has been called the “magic bullet” for preserving good health and longevity. But exercise routines can become old and tired. So, instead of giving up on your goals when they get monotonous, review the annual list of the top 10 fitness trends from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). You’ll find the latest list offers some collective wisdom, as well as several ways to liven up your workout.
The list was compiled from surveys completed by more than 4,000 health and fitness professionals. The experts were given 40 fitness trends and asked to rank each on a scale of 1 to 10. Here’s what came in at the top. The list was published recently in the Health & Fitness Journal.
1) High-Intensity Interval Training
HIIT consists of a short high-intensity exercise followed by a brief period of rest. The exercise then starts over and repeats itself. This workout usually takes less than 30 minutes to complete.
2) Group Training
These instructor-led classes, which have five or more participants, range from aerobics to weight lifting. Often, instructors coach individuals on correct form. Group programs are designed to accommodate many different fitness levels.
3) Wearable Technology
Wearable technology empowers people to stay fit and make healthy choices. This tech, which is only a few years old, can include activity trackers, smart watches, heart-rate monitors, GPS tracking devices, and smart eyeglasses.
4) Body Weight Training
While using one’s own body as a form of resistance training certainly isn’t new, recent marketing efforts have made it one of the most sought-after training methods. Body weight training is not only effective, but very inexpensive because it requires little to no equipment.
5) Strength Training
Strength training remains popular for all ages. Younger people, who belong to community-based and commercial programs, train almost exclusively using weights. Weight training is gaining mass appeal from those looking to maintain or gain strength.
6) Educated, Certified and Experienced Fitness Professionals
Lately, there has been an emphasis on fitness professionals being better trained and educated. More community colleges and universities are offering programs to certify fitness professionals, and many programs are accredited. You can find fitness professionals certified through programs accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies.
Just say “om.” If you’re interested in Yoga, you’re in great company. The meditation style fitness continues to attract men and women of all ages. There are many forms of yoga, and all are popular, including Bikram yoga which is done in hot and humid environments. Yoga instructional tapes, books and clothing are extremely popular. Moreover, according to the ACSM, there are a growing number of certified instructors for the many yoga forms practiced today.
8) Personal Training
The high demand for personal trainers is raising the quality of care. More are seeking the professionalization to stand out from the crowd. Lately, there has been a lot of attention on the education of personal trainers. Several states have attempted to pass legislation requiring personal trainers to be licensed, but none have passed yet.
9) Fitness Programs for Older Adults
No one should be excluded from the exercise world. Highly active older adults participate in recreational sports and have high expectations for remaining fit. But this trend also includes the frail elderly,people who use exercise to promote functional fitness. For these people, exercise helps with the strength and balance needed to perform household tasks and to remain independent.
10) Functional Fitness
Functional fitness is replicating actual physical activities someone might do as a function of their daily routine. This helps reduce the risk of injuries, such as falls. It involves using strength training to improve endurance, coordination, and balance.