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Wellness Wednesday: Top Fitness Trends to Try in 2016

Are you one who is unsure of what to do in order to shred fat, build muscle, or just live a healthier lifestyle on a day-to-day basis? Well, here are some fitness trends which you will see continue on into next year that work. For some, the results may be quite shocking. For others, not so much. After reading this list, you will also have no excuses as to why you can’t get a workout in.

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recently released its annual “Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2016: 10th Anniversary Edition”. The results from the electronic survey were completed by more than 2,800 worldwide health and fitness professionals who predicted the top 20 trends for 2016 with the use of 40 potential trends as choices. Below, you will find a list of the top 10 fitness trends.  

  1. Wearable Technology: Are you wearing a fitness tracker, smart watch, heart rate monitor device, or even a GPS tracking device? If you read the last RCN Wellness Wednesday article on “How to Avoid Packing Extra Pounds This Winter”, then you most likely bought one of these wearable technology devices, such as, Garmin, FitBit, Apple Watch, and so forth. If so, congratulations! You are trending pre-2016. Check out the article for some tips on using your device. According to the survey, industry analysts predict that the wearable technology market will approach $6 billion in sales by 2016.
  2. Body Weight Training: Most of my personal training clients ask me what equipment they need at home to get fit. While it fell from #1 in 2015 to #2 for 2016, bodyweight training is a great option for individuals to get and stay fit. Plus, no expenses and no equipment or gym is even required!
  3. High-Intensity Interval Training: A great style of training for the healthy individual that involves short bursts of high-intensity exercise followed by short periods of recovery. For the busy individual who is short on time, this style of training is a great option when you only have 30-minutes or less.
  4. Strength Training: Whether young or old, male or female, or if you are looking to burn fat and build lean muscle, your answer lies here. You’ll even help strengthen your bones, reduce anxiety, sleep better, boost your self-esteem, and much more.
  5. Educated, Certified, and Experienced Fitness Professionals: As an educated, certified, and experienced fitness professional, I might be a little biased toward #5. As the competitive market for fitness professionals continues to boom, it is extremely important that one obtains a certification through a certified program that is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). 
  6. Personal Training: A trend that has been in the top 10 for the last nine years, trainers have become increasingly accessible. Personal trainers are extremely important in helping one reach new personal health and fitness goals and create a program that is most effective and specific for you.
  7. Functional Fitness: This trending style of fitness mimics and helps you move and perform your activities of daily living better. In doing so, a variety of fitness equipment may be used in order to improve an individual’s balance, coordination, force, power, and endurance.
  8. Fitness Programs for Older Adults: As mentioned previously, whether young or old, or male or female, having a fitness program specific for each individual is extremely important in order to keep us healthy and active.
  9. Exercise and Weight Loss: According to the survey, “Exercise and Weight Loss” has been a trend since the survey began and 2016 is no different. Nutrition planning with use of caloric restrictions and an optimal exercise program were placed as key components of a proper weight loss program. So, if you are trying to lose weight, make sure you focus on both nutrition and fitness. 
  10. Yoga: I was not surprised by Yoga being in the top 10 after giving it a try for the first time in 2015 and incorporating varying movements within my clients programs. There is no getting bored here as the survey includes a variety of forms: Power Yoga, Yogalates, Bikram Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Ashtanga, Vinyasa Yoga, Kripalu Yoga, and much more.

Check out the “Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2016: 10th Anniversary Edition” for the full list of top 20 trends.

Were you surprised by any? Were of these are your favorite trends?

- Joshua Reed is the owner of Reed's Wellness and Fitness Training in Ludlow.