The ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) has in its annual fitness trend forecast, predicted that Wearable Technology will (again) be the top fitness trend in the coming year. It’s unsurprising in that technology is now a must-have in our daily lives. Anybody can easily count the steps taken or calories sweated off using a wearable device or a smart phone.
What’s surprising is that compared to these advances, the ancient practice of Yoga Teacher Training too makes an appearance in the top 10 trends for 2017.
- Wearable Technology: It includes smart watches, activity trackers, heart rate monitors and GPS tracking devices. The data on health collected through wearable technology can be used even more to inform the user about their current levels of fitness and help them opt for healthier lifestyle choices.
- Body Weight Training: It makes use of minimal equipment making it more affordable. Much more than mere push-ups and sit-ups, this trend allows people a way to get “back to the basics” in fitness.
- High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT): that involves short bursts of activity followed by a short period of moderate activity or even rest or recovery. These programs are usually performed in short bursts totaling less than 30 minutes.
- Trained Fitness Professionals: There are a large number of organizations offering health and fitness certifications around. It becomes important that consumers choose educated and experienced professionals certified by programs that are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). ACSM is one of the largest and most prestigious fitness-certification bodies in the world.
- Strength Training: Which remains a core emphasis for many health clubs. Incorporating strength training into your regime as an essential part of a comprehensive exercise program for all levels of physical activity, genders and ages (other essential components being flexibility and aerobic exercise.)
- Group Training: In group exercise, instructors lead, teach and motivate individuals through well designed group sessions. Group programs are by default designed to be motivational and energizing for people at different levels of fitness. Instructors make use of leadership techniques that help individuals in classes achieve their fitness goals.
- Exercise as Medicine: A global health initiative that focuses on encouraging primary and other health care providers to include physical activity while designing treatment schedules for patients and referring their patients to trained exercise professionals.
- Yoga: Based on the ancient tradition, yoga in the modern age utilizes a series of specific bodily postures designed for health and relaxation. These include Ashtanga, Bikram, Anurara, Kripalu, Kundalini, Sivananda, Power Yoga and other methods of Teacher led Yoga training.
- Personal Trainers: With more and more people majoring in kinesiology, indicating that they are preparing themselves for future careers in allied health fields like personal training. Training, education and proper credentials for personal trainers are becoming increasingly important for the health and fitness establishments that employ them.
- Weight Loss through Exercise: Apart from nutrition, exercise is the key component in a proper weight loss program. As a result health and fitness professionals who promote weight loss programs are increasingly incorporating regular exercise sessions and caloric restriction in food habits for the better weight control of their clients.