Wearable technology tops list of fitness trends for 2016

… according to exercise professionals polled by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).

Survey Details
“More than 2,800 people worldwide completed the online survey, including health and fitness professionals from Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, India, Italy, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, Britain and the United States. Respondents scored each of the 40 potential trends on a scale of 1 (least likely to be a trend) to 10 (most likely). Space was given for the respondent to add comments as well as suggest potential fitness trends left off the list to be considered for future surveys.” 1

These are the findings of the American College of Sports Medicine’s annual survey of health and fitness professionals’ views on the top fitness trends of 2016:

1. Wearable technology: includes fitness trackers, smartwatches, heart rate monitors, and GPS tracking devices.

2. Bodyweight training: a “back to basics” training style that uses minimal equipment, thereby making it more affordable.

3. High-intensity interval training (HIIT): involves short bursts of activity followed by a short period of rest or recovery, for a total workout that usually takes under 30 minutes.

4. Strength training: a central emphasis for many health clubs, strength training is an essential part of a complete exercise programme – along with aerobic exercise and flexibility – for all physical activity levels and genders.

5. Educated and experienced fitness professionals: it’s important that consumers choose professionals certified through programmes that are accredited by bodies such as the US National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

6. Personal training: education, training and proper credentials for personal trainers have become increasingly important to the health and fitness facilities that employ them.

7. Functional fitness: uses strength training to improve balance and ease of daily living. It’s closely related to the next trend.

8. Fitness programmes for older adults: as the baby boom generation ages into retirement, some of these people have more discretionary money than their younger counterparts to spend on fitness programmes.

9. Exercise and weight loss: health and fitness professionals who provide weight loss programmes are increasingly incorporating regular exercise and caloric restriction for better weight control in their clients.

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

More top fitness trends for 2016:

11. Group personal training

12. Worksite health promotion

13. Wellness coaching

14. Outdoor activities

15. Sport-specific training

16. Flexibility and mobility rollers

17. Smart phone exercise apps

18. Circuit training

19. Core training

20. Outcome measurements  2

Which of these fitness trends will you be adding to your routine in 2016?

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  1. ACSM annual survey of health and fitness professionals’ views on the top fitness trends: http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/watches/article/1886700/top-20-fitness-trends-2016-starts-wearable-tech-such-smartwatches
  2. Jeanette Wang, South China Morning Post /Health & Beauty:  http://www.scmp.com/