New Fitness Trends

The list below comes from the fitness trend forecast for 2016 by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), published in their Health & Fitness Journal.  More than 2,800 health and fitness professionals were surveyed around the world.

Fitbit - Wearable TechnologyWearable Technology

Fitness trackers, smart watches, heart-rate monitors, GPS tracking devices and other technology help oversee dieting, exercise and training.

Body-Weight Training

This type of training requires minimal use of exercise equipment. Example tools: continuous-loop bands, stability balls and unstable surfaces for balance training.

High-Intensity Interval Training

This involves short bursts of activity, followed by a short period of rest. Generally coming in under thirty minutes, it’s an easy part of a good health plan and helps to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Strength Training

Maintaining muscle, bone mass, and lung capacity are all part of the benefits of strength-training progressions. Combined with aerobic exercise and flexibility, strength training can make a more complete program.

Educated, Experienced Fitness Professionals

Finding great specialists is key.  Education in health, diet, nutrition, wellness, fitness, rehab, and sports-specific therapies now include certification programs.

Personal Training

Hiring an athletic trainer or certified personal trainer is a popular trend. A Pilates or yoga instructor may also be a good fit.

Functional Fitness

Good strength, balance, coordination, and movement efficiency are each a part of our wellness goals.  Functional fitness is important to seniors, as well, for good posture, diet, and exercise.

Exercise and Weight Loss

Diet recommendations can include the use of vitamins and supplements for sensible weight-loss.  The Paleo diet remains strong, along with a variety of exercise designed to lose weight.


There’s power yoga, hot yoga, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Kundalini, Sivananda and others. Yoga TV channels and DVDs are popular for at-home exercise.

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American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)