The new year will be here before you know it, and with it will come a brand new batch of resolutions. If your goals include taking your health game to the next level, the American College of Sports Medicine has revealed the fitness trends that are poised to rule 2017.
This is the 11th year of the ACSM’s annual survey of health and fitness trends around the world. The editors of ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal identified 42 possible trends for 2017, including the top 25 trends from previous years. The survey was then sent to more than 24,000 health and fitness professionals from six continents. Here’s are their top 10 predictions.
#10 Exercise And Weight Loss
Exercise in circumscribed weight loss programs has, unsurprisingly, been a top 20 trend since the survey began. The combination of exercise and weight loss emphasises caloric restriction in conjunction with a sensible exercise program. There’s no question why this remains a top trend year after year: it works.
#9 Personal Training
Since the ACSM’s first survey in 2006, personal training has reliably been included in the top 10. Again, it’s no mystery why. Personal trainers are key members of the professional staff of health and fitness centres, and well as corporate wellness programs. Anyone who’s serious about their fitness and has the cash to burn is sweating it out regularly with a trainer.
Yoga has dropped one spot down the list for 2017, but has a long history of making it into the ACSM’s top 20. The sustained popularity of this ancient practice comes down to its versatility – yoga is reinvented and refreshed every year, making it a continually attractive form of exercise in the modern age.
#7 Exercise Is Medicine
Exercise is Medicine is a global health initiative that encourages primary care physicians and other health care providers to include physical activity when designing treatment plans for patients. The program is committed to the belief that physical activity is integral in the prevention and treatment of diseases and should be regularly assessed and treated as part of all health care. The Exercise is Medicine movement’s goal is for the exercise professional to become a member of the continuum of care for patients.
#6 Group Training
Group fitness is often marketed to women, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t great group fitness options for men. Group programs are designed to be motivational and effective for people at different fitness levels, and with a wide variety of workout preferences. Although group training has been around for years, this is the first time it’s appeared in the ACSM’s top 20.
#5 Strength Training
Strength training remains popular in all sectors of the health and fitness industry, and for all kinds of clients. Like many other trends in the top 10, strength training has been a consistent contender since the start of the survey. Gotta love the classics.
#4 Educated, Certified & Experienced Professionals
More and more, clients are demanding fitness pros who have studied in their field and been certified by third-party organisations. Educational programs and accrediting bodies have seen sustained growth over the years that will continue into 2017. Regulation is both a way to ensure a quality experience for clients and a powerful way for fitness professionals to stand out in a crowded and competitive industry.
#3 High-Intensity Interval Training
HIIT blends short bursts of high-intensity exercise with short periods of rest or recovery for maximum results in minimal time. Some health and fitness professionals have warned of the potential for increased injury rates when using HIIT, but this form of exercise remains popular in gyms around the world.
#2 Body Weight Training
Body weight training should be the oldest trend in the book, seeing as there was once a time when exercise equipment didn’t exist, yet it failed to appear in the ACSM survey until 2013. Its rise to popularity comes down to packaging, particularly in commercial clubs. Take something people have been doing for centuries, give it a fashionable spin, and bam – suddenly you have one of 2017’s hottest fitness trends.
#1 Wearable Technology
The number one spot goes to a controversial entry. Though science says there’s little evidence fitness trackers are effective, the professionals polled for the ACSM’s survey say wearable tech is still big business. You’re already familiar with gadgets like activity trackers, smart watches, heart rate monitors, and GPS tracking devices. What you may not know are their up-and-coming competitors: smart glasses, smart fabrics, and interactive textiles are expected to be billion dollar industries in 2017.