A New Year means a fresh beginning, and probably an opportunity to improve some of your old workout techniques with one of the top fitness trends. Every year comes with its own fitness trends and 2017 is no exception. According to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM); body weight training, wearable technology, strength training and High-intensity interval training (HIIT) will go viral in 2017. Here are the 7 top fitness trends in 2017 according to ACSM’s yearly list of what is shaping up the fitness world.
7 Top Fitness Trends in 2017.
1. Body Weight Training.
No equipment workouts will be popular in 2017 because they can be modified to suit any ability level, they are considerably easy to learn and can be done anywhere. Additionally, body weight training exercises are an ideal way to get fit at no cost. When combined with aerobic training, this fitness technique helps to increase lean muscle. Pull-ups and push-ups are expected to rise in popularity in 2017, but there are other viable choices for instance lunges, planks and squats, just to mention a few.
2. Wearable Technology.
For the last few years, wearable fitness equipment for instance pedometers, fitness trackers, smart watches and heart rate monitors have been hot holiday gifts. According to ACSM, that trend won’t be going anywhere in 2017. In fact, the sales of wearable fitness gadgets are expected to rise above $4 billion in 2017.
3. High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT).
High-intensity interval training is projected to be a major fitness trend in 2017 because most people are short of time. Instead of spending ample time exercising at a slow-to-moderate pace, HIIT enables you to burn calories fast by engaging in quick bursts of high-intensity exercise with brief rest periods. Apart from helping to burn more calories within a short period of time, this exercise also helps to build endurance.
4. Strength Training.
Gone are the days when cardio was the only big strength training technique. Strength training has risen in popularity and it is expected to get big and better in 2017. Besides building muscles and increasing endurance, strength training comes with other health benefits including preventing back pain, diabetes and much more. Furthermore, a growing number of women have realized that weight lifting won’t make them bulky as believed earlier, but will boost their metabolism and help them to burn fats.
5. An increase in the Number of Certified, educated and experienced Fitness Experts.
The number of people studying to become fitness trainers has been growing slowly but surely. Labor statistics predicts that this trend will go up in 2017, with employment of fitness experts rising to 8 percent between 2014 and 2024.
6. Exercise is Medication.
Exercise has vast benefits including lowering the risk of stroke, heart disease, cancer, dementia and other chronic illnesses. What’s more? Regular exercise helps in mood-boosting and stress-reduction. As a result of these benefits, the American Medical association in conjunction with ACSM co-launched a global initiative called “Exercise is Medicine” to encourage physicians to refer patients to fitness professionals in their societies. This initiative is projected to get better in 2017 as many people begin to use exercise as a vital preventive health tool than ever.
7. Group Training.
Group training is a big fitness trend that is predicted to get better in 2017 as many people ditch solo training. This fitness training method makes trying new exercises like boot camp easy and fun. Also, it keeps you motivated to push yourself beyond limits.
Other fitness trends in 2017 include yoga; functional fitness; circuit training; use of mobility and flexibility rollers; use of smartphone exercise apps; outdoor activities like hiking; wellness coaching; personal training and exercise/weight loss. Thus, whether you love riding, CrossFit barre, yoga or just strength training; keep enjoying because this fitness trend isn’t going out of style in 2017.