Each year, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) conducts a worldwide survey to track fitness trends for the upcoming year. The survey is now in its 14th year and uses the expertise of health and fitness professionals to help businesses and individuals alike market and find the products they might need in the new year to be successful. To start this decade off on the best foot, use these fitness trends to kickstart your new year into the healthiest one yet!
This category includes fitness trackers, pedometers, smart watches, heart rate monitors, and GPS tracking devices. While this trend was on the list for 2019, it has become so popular that it still tops most, if not all, lists for 2020. Use them to track your performance, goals, and to improve your motivation to exercise!
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
This type of training involves short bursts of high-intensity exercise followed by a short period of rest. The heart rate increases substantially and this type of exercise is known for burning fat while improving your overall health. These workouts can typically be done anywhere and are shorter in duration, making it a great option for anyone with a busy lifestyle.
Group Fitness Classes
Instructors certified to specific programs lead and motivate individuals to achieve new levels of fitness and have fun while doing so. These classes are in-person and are becoming more prevalent as virtual classes. Try a few classes from different instructors to find one you make a connection with and try programs in areas of fitness that you love such as dancing or weight lifting.
Free Weight Training
This type of training is quickly gaining traction, although it is nothing new. Barbells, kettlebells, and dumbbells are the main tools for this type of exercise regimen. It’s essential to learn proper form and technique to get the most out of your workout to get the results without injury. Personal trainers and group fitness classes use free weight training most often.
This trend has been on lists since 2006 and only gained more popularity in the following years. To get the most out of a personal training regimen, it’s important to choose between individual or group training programs to see which one works best. Set clear goals to ensure your trainer provides workouts geared specifically to meeting them.
Exercise as Medicine
This global health initiative aims at encouraging physicians and health care providers to include exercise as a treatment recommendation for every patient visit. This initiative also encourages doctors to refer patients to exercise professionals. This mission concentrates on finding the healthiest ways possible to increase overall fitness and health.
Fitness Programs for Seniors
Seniors deserve fitness programs just like any other person. People are living longer and remaining healthier for much longer than ever before. Most programs targeting this demographic focus on balance, light strengthening exercises, and retaining and improving mobility.