The American College of Sports Medicine recently announced their top 10 fitness trends for 2017. Accordingly, these trends are as follows…
- Wearable technology (including smart watches, heart rate monitors, activity trackers, and GPS tracking devices
- Body weight training (not limited to pushups and pullups, and allows people to get back to the basics of fitness)
- High-Intensity Interval Training (short bursts of activity followed by short rest; performed in less than 30 minutes)
- Educated and experienced fitness professionals
- Strength training (other essential components are aerobic exercise and flexibility)
- Group training (designed to be motivating and effective for people at different fitness levels)
- Exercise is medicine (encourages primary care physicians to include physical activity when designing treatment plans for patients)
- Yoga (body postures specific for health and relaxation)
- Personal training (trained and credentialed specialists administer health and fitness guidance)
- Exercise and weight loss (nutrition, exercise, and caloric restriction for better weight control
Tipping, E. (2016). ACSM Forecasts Fitness Trends for 2017, Recreation Management, November, 2016, pp. 8 – 9.
By Dr. Rodney J. Blackman
Dr. Blackman is the Chair of Recreation Management at the United States Sports Academy, and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.