By Chuck Hewett
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As humans in a consumerist society, we tend to lean towards what is currently trending. We always want the newest and most updated versions of transportation, technology, and clothing. Discussing the pros and cons of those trends will have to wait for another time, but in this post, we are going to address the top 10 fitness trends of 2017, which is something that I believe we should be consuming more of as a society.
1. Wearable Technology:
This does not surprise me that this is number one this year, because like I mentioned above, as a society, we tend to consume the newest technology. Activity trackers, smart watches, heart rate monitors, GPS tracking devices, and smart fabrics have become extremely popular. Their benefits can be limitless if used properly. They are also a great source of accountability.
2. Body Weight Training:
Body weight training has been used as a form of resistance training for centuries, but it wasn’t until these past few years that it increased in popularity. This type of training has become more likeable because it uses minimal equipment, is inexpensive, and you can be extremely creative. If you ask me, that is a great combination for a workout.
3. High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT):
This type of training is composed of short bursts of intense exercise followed by a minimal recovery period. Most of these workouts take less than 30 minutes to perform, and because of the intensity, you are still burning a handful of calories. This type of training is trending because it is time-efficient, and rewarding. Because of the high level of intensity during exercise, the amount of calories you burn throughout the rest of your day is increased as well.
4. Educated, Certified, and Experienced Fitness Professionals:
Before signing up with a gym or trainer, it is important to do your research on their credentials. Unfortunately, I hear about too many incidences where clients, patients, and athletes don’t reach their goals or they suffer from an injury because they are working with incompetent professionals. On a more positive note, higher quality degrees and certifications are continuing to be developed as this field is persistently growing.
5. Strength Training:
Believe it or not, strength training is not just for bodybuilders. Strength training should be an essential aspect of everyone’s health and fitness program, whether it is men and women, young and old, children, patients with chronic disease, etc. The benefits that all your body systems reap from weight bearing exercises are too good to not implement into your daily training regimen.
6. Group Training:
What are we all craving? Community. Group training is designed to be motivational and effective for people at different fitness levels, with instructors using leadership techniques that help individuals reach their fitness goals. Some group training classes you can participate in are aerobics, cycling, dance, and yoga to name a few.
7. Exercise is Medicine:
Exercise is Medicine is a global health initiative that is focused on encouraging primary care physicians and other health care providers to include physical activity when designing treatment plans for patients and referring their patients to exercise professionals. With our consumer-happy society in regards to food and alcohol, exercise is not just a hobby anymore, it is the medicine for preventive care.
Yoga has been in the top 10 for almost a decade now. There are many benefits, internally and externally, mentally, emotionally, and physically that you can gain from this type of exercise. I believe it continues to be a top trend because the instructors keep being innovative and creating new types of yoga. Give it multiple tries, with various types.
9. Personal Training:
I would hope that this continues to be a top trend in the years to come. There are different types of professionals in this world, and I believe it is important to inquire with competent and knowledgeable individuals in the field. Personal training does not just take place in a fitness facility. They are employed by community-based programs, in commercial settings, in corporate wellness programs, and in medical fitness programs or are self-employed. Hire one if you do not feel experienced enough to train yourself. You won’t regret it, especially if you follow trend #4.
10. Exercise and Weight Loss:
This trend has continued to rise over the past decade. With over ⅔ of our population being classified as overweight or obese, I am not surprised. The combination of exercise and weight loss emphasizes caloric restriction with a sensible exercise program. Simply signing up for a program is not going to make you lose weight; it will definitely take commitment and discipline, but a program will provide the knowledge and accountability needed to reach your goals.
I hope you enjoyed reading about the top 10 trends of 2017 in the fitness industry. I encourage you to choose 2-3 of these listed trends and take control of your health and fitness goals. Be a consumer of healthy lifestyle changes.
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