Prepare yourself: the top 10 fitness predictions for 2016 have just been released.
While at-home exercise and mindfulness yoga proved popular in 2015, experts from the American College of Sports Medicine are predicting some significant changes in the way we keep fit, with a move towards harder and more intense activities that deliver immediate results. It’s time to get sweaty.
Building on its success this year, wearable technology — like fitness tracers, smart watches and GPS tracking devices — has taken out the top spot, closely followed by body weight training (basic exercises that requires minimal equipment) and High Intensity Interval Training programs that are short and sharp.
It’s good news for seasoned exercisers too, with greater focus predicted for age-appropriate fitness programs designed to keep older people fit and healthy. (Yoga is also set to remain popular – here’s a routine to get you started. Post continues after video.)
The Top 10 trends
1. Wearable Technology
2. Bodyweight training
3. High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
4. Strength training
5. More educated and experienced fitness professionals
6. Personal training
7. Functional Fitness – using strength training to improve balance and ease of daily living.
8. Fitness programs for older adults.
9. Exercise and weight loss.
While many of these trends are simply building on popularity from this year, there are a few surprises in the lineup.
The biggest for Rosemary Marchese, National Training Maestro for the Australian Insititute of Fitness was the drop of weight loss programs from number six to nine.
“Considering the climbing obesity and overweight levels, this alarmed me at first, but upon reflection I think this may be because people are starting to focus more on their fitness rather than directly on weight loss,” she says. (Post continues after gallery.)