Wearable technology // I'm not surprised that wearable technology takes the top spot this year, because it was number one last year too. A few years ago it seemed like Garmin and Fitbit were the biggest companies, but now there's lots different choices to pick from. I think it's great that more and more people (even those who don't workout regularly) are using pedometers to keep them accountable for moving more throughout the day. I actually got a Fitbit Charge 2 (affiliate link) for my birthday in November, and I know a few classmates of mine have also gotten fitness trackers over the course of the fall semester.
Body weight training // Body weight training is such a great way to workout when you don't have access to a gym or workout equipment. It's perfect for travelling as long as you have a bit of room in your hotel room. It's also useful for those who are jsut starting their fitness journey and want to ease their way into working out. That's not to say that it's easy though, there are almost always modifications you cn make to up the intensity level.
High intensity interval training // I'm not surprised to see this trend on the list either because it's great for people who don't have a lot of time to spare for workouts. Sometimes on busy days you need a 30 minute HIIT class or a quick HIIT workout at home because you're short on time. On those days these quick but intense workouts can get you sweaty and the endorphins flying in a minimal amount of time.
Educated and experienced fitness professionals // This trend is one spot higher than it was last year. I think people are understanding how important it is to make sure that the person you've hired to train you actually knows that they're doing. While someone with some education behind them might be more expensive to work with than someone who's only taken a weekend course, I think you're going to get a lot more for your money.
Strength training // It's great to see strength training on this list, as I think it's definitely becoming more popular again. Cardio used to be all the rage, but I think people are incorporating a more well rounded approach to their fitness. It's especially great to see women in the weight room lifting heavy. There's been so many misconceptions about it in the past.
Group training // One of the things we've talked about in my classes multiple times is how small group training is going to take off soon. Think of it as personal training with three or four friends. Everyone gets one on one attention while paying less than they normally would for personal training. Plus working out with friends can up the motivation and competitive factor that wouldn't be there if you were working out on your own.
Exercise is medicine // I think people are understanding that being active can help with a lot of the little things that bug you as you age. And exercise isn't just good for you physically. There's been lots of studies that have looked at how exercise has helped with some of the symptoms of depression and anxiety. While being physically active isn't a replacement for therapy or medication, I think it can definitely help with some of the symptoms.
Yoga // Yoga is two spots higher on the list compared to last year. There's so many different kinds of yoga that are now more accessible than they were even ten years ago. Each studio usually has different classes to choose from, so no matter what you're craving that day, there's probably something for the mood you're in.
Personal training // I'm excited to see this as a trend for 2017 – and not just because I'm in school to become a personal trainer. Like I mentioned earlier, there's lots of myths and misinformation floating around gyms. Brosciene anyone? Making sure your training principles are based on science instead of some crazy workout plan someone who doesn't know what they're talking about has come up with is so important. That's not to say that all personal trainers are good ones though, so like I said before, make sure you check out their educational background.
Exercise and weight loss // I'm not quite sure why this particular trend is on the list, as it seems kind of obvious to me. When you're talking about fitness, there's going to be exercise and weight loss involved.
One thing that isn't on this year's list, but was included in 2016 was fitness for older adults. I'm surprised that it's not also popular for 2017. When I was doing my internship quite a few of the clients that I shadowed were older adults. I expect to see more and more baby boomers at the gym, taking advantage of how physical activity can help with age related declines (just just physical ones, but mental and cognitive ones as well).
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Anything on this list of trends you agree with? Anything you disagree with?