The big things in fitness, as judged by the American College of Sports Medicine.
1. Wearable tech: No surprises here – we can hardly go a day without a new activity tracker, smart watch, heart rate monitor or GPS tracking device landing on our desks.
2. Exercise as medicine: Exercise is Medicine is a global health initiative that encourages healthcare providers to include physical activity when designing treatment plans for patients and refer patients to exercise professionals. We like.
3. Kinesiology: More and more students are majoring in kinesiology (a type of muscle monitoring therapy), including personal trainers who are branching out to provide more holistic services.
4. New yogas. This ancient tradition has branched out into power yoga, yogalates, dog, not to mention the trad versions, Bikram, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Kripalu, Anurara, Kundalini, Sivananda, etc – or do you have another 146 minutes for us to list some more?
5. Body weight training: Back-to-basics fitness is coming back in a big way, with minimal-equipment resistance training. Good for the body, also good for your Christmas savings fund.
6. HIIT: High-intensity interval training, which involves short bursts of activity followed by a short period of rest or recovery, usually for up to 30 minutes, isn’t going anywhere fast – unlike the chub it can help you blast.
7. Group training: Group goal-getting is going to be a big hit, as they tend to provide bonus motivation for people at different fitness levels.