We’ve settled into 2019 quite well, all our party spells are off and its time to face the reality-Where do we stand in terms of health and fitness? A month down and if you are still diligently working out in a quest to lose weight or stay healthy hats off to your motivation and attempt. Don’t bother whether it’s a New Year Resolution or you are fed up with the current exercise routine as there are numerous ways to pep up your energy levels and introduce variety into the workout schedule.
Every year, fitness professionals across the world take a survey on the exercises that are sure to take the next year by storm. These exercises are not short-term ones or fads but authentic ones that’s been trending and surprisingly, many of them had earned their spot during the previous year too! The American Council of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has been conducting this survey since 2006 and 2019 marks the 13th year of it. Can’t wait to get your hands on the latest exercise trends to look forward to in 2019? Read below and start planning:
Wearable Technology: First appearing in the year 2016 and occupying the No.1 position until 2017 it dropped to No.3 in the year 2018. The year 2019 seems to be yet another favorable one for this trend as it occupies numero uno position again. This is all due to the increase in accuracy, affordability (compared to previous prices) and popularity that wearable devices such as smartwatches, fitness trackers and heart rate monitors have flooded the markets. These gadgets help in identifying the number of steps you take in a day, heartbeat and even your stress levels.
Group Training: Anything more than five in number is a group class and up to five would be termed as a group personal class. Having a close friend at the gym who encourages you with your workout? Its awesome news as group training has become a potential trend with a large number of people interested in working out as a group. The effects of these classes mainly depend on the instructor’s leadership qualities and the ability to motivate his/her students. Group classes offer much more benefits and for more details on these please visit the website www.firsteatright.com.
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT): HIIT has not disappointed us this year too occupying a place for itself in the top five since 2014. This trend was a ravishing hit in the year 2018 and includes short bouts of high-intensity exercise followed by a short period of rest. While fitness professionals have sent several warnings about potential injuries to public this exercise form seems to hold a primary role in gyms.
Fitness Programs for Older Adults: Every baby boomer and older adult nowadays wants to participate in walkathons and even marathons steadily showing their inclination towards better health and exercising. While this trend was in No.9 spot last year the growing interest in this segment of people offers the fitness industry and gyms to capitalize on this growing market.
Bodyweight Training: The concept is wholly based on using bodyweight as the training modality. This uses minimal equipment making it an inexpensive way of exercising and is garnering attention among the general public and gym across the world.
Employing Certified Fitness Professionals: The first question that you and I ask before enrolling in a gym is whether they have a certified fitness trainer. Gone are the days when the coach simply helped us use the gym machines and taught us a few exercises. Individuals are becoming weight conscious, health conscious and wish to workout for specific body parts. The presence of a certified trainer/coach in gyms and fitness centers is becoming more important than ever.
Yoga: Originating from India we even have a day dedicated to this trend (June 21). This is one of the best exercise forms that’s simple and doable by anyone of any age. This trend appears on the list after a couple of years and its revival is mainly due to the variety of forms (such as power yoga and hot yoga) available since the past few years.
Personal Training: Some years back people had the mindset that personal training was for the elite, celebrities or millionaires. But now, many of us opt for personal training classes where the instructor works one on one with the client teaching specific exercises and workouts suiting the client’s needs. Since 2006, personal training has always occupied a spot in the top ten list.
Functional Fitness Training: This trend is towards strength training and other exercises that improve balance, coordination, strength and endurance to improve efficiency of activities done daily. There are some trainers who pair this with fitness programs for older adults.
Exercise is Medicine (EIM): Wouldn’t it be lovely to prescribe exercise as a medicine for illness? That’s exactly what EIM is focused on. It motivates physicians to include physical activity assessment and prescribe necessary treatment recommendations (such as refer them to exercise professionals) as a part of the patient visit.
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