Future fit

Here's how 2019 will be for fitness. We decode the trends for you

By: Sanjana Reddy

If you are already yawning at the gym, doing your regular routines, then we have something for you. Come 2019, like everything else, fitness is poised to get a new coat of paint. According to the annual survey of health and fitness trends published in ACSM's Health and Fitness Journal, an official journal of the American College of Sports Medicine that included responses from over 2,000 health and fitness experts around the globe, from personal trainers to cool tech gear, there are quite a few awesome fitness trends coming in hot for 2019.

Highlights of the 2019 annual survey of health and fitness trends are:

This generation has reaped the benefits of rapid advancement in technology and it has improved our quality of life significantly. One particularly important invention was that of thewearable devices that became gradually ubiquitous. Wearable technology that includes fitness trackers, smartwatches, smart fitness bands, heart, monitor devices became part of everyday lives and are #1 fitness trend for 2019. Importantly, their sales are only predicted to increase in the future. Examples include fitness and activity trackers like those made by Misfit, Garmin, and Apple.

The survey also revealed the most popular exercise in gyms all over the world. High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) or Sprint Interval Training (SIT), which typically involves high-intensity bouts followed by short rest periods are all the hype lately, markedly because of its effectiveness and potential to torch maximum calories in a short period of time.

Group training programs have been around for a very long time. However, it was only in 2017 that it made into the top 20 fitness trends, appearing at #6, and #2 in the 2018 survey. Group classes are designed to be effective, motivational sessions for different fitness levels with instructors having leadership qualities that help individuals in their class achieve fitness goals. There are many types of classes and equipment, from cardio-based classes and indoor cycling to dance-based classes to step classes.

There is a growing emphasis on employing certified fitness/health professionals through education and certification programs that are fully accredited for fitness/health professionals is more important than ever. More programs are certified by ACSM or other nationally accredited organizations. Employing certified fitness professionals was a new survey item for 2019 replacing “educated, certified, and experienced fitness professionals,” which was determined to be too broadly defined as a survey item.

Body weight exercises are strength training exercises that use an individual’s own weight to provide resistance against gravity. A combination of variable resistance bodyweight training and neuromotor movements using multiple planes of movement, this program is all about using bodyweight as the training modality. These exercises are an effective way to increase balance, flexibility, and strength without machinery or extra equipment. Bodyweight training occupied #2 position in 2017 and #4 in 2018. Other trends to watch for are Fitness Programs for Older Adults, Yoga, Personal training, Exercises for Weight Loss and Mobile Exercise Apps.

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