Each year, the American College of Sports Medicine’s Health and Fitness Journal releases a worldwide survey of the year’s top trends in fitness. Here’s some of the top trends the survey found.
- Wearable technology
Wearable technology, such as activity trackers, smart watches and heart rate monitors, were just introduced a few years ago but have already made major waves in the health and fitness world. Business analysts have predicted that sales of the Apple iWatch alone will exceed 485 million devices by next year. Some new trends in the industry are smart glasses, with a predicted $1.5 billion in sales, and smart fabrics and interactive sales approaching $2.6 billion.
- Body weight training
Body weight training typically uses minimal equipment, making it an exercise method that’s as inexpensive as it is effective. This type of exercise is nothing new—people have been using their own body weight in resistance training for centuries. But recently, new packaging has boosted its popularity in gyms and health clubs around the world.
- High-intensity interval training
HIIT usually involves short bursts of high-intensity exercise followed by a short rest or recovery period, typically less than 30 minutes in length. Despite warnings from some health and fitness professionals on the injury risk associated with this type of exercise, it saw a rise in popularity in gyms across the globe in 2017.
- Educated, certified and experienced fitness professionals
2017 saw a continued growth in educational programs, particularly in community colleges and colleges and universities, that have become accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs to conduct health and fitness and clinical exercise programs.
- Strength training
Strength training has been a strong trend since the ACSM began conducting its survey, and 2017 proved to be just as strong of a year for strength training. It’s a common type of exercise in cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation or metabolic disease management programs, though many younger clients use it in weight training to improve and maintain strength.