New Year, New You.
The Thighmaster, Nintendo Wii workouts, Tae Bo — every year comes with its own fitness trends. As 2016 draws to an end, what’s going to be hot in 2017? The American College of Sports Medicine has a few ideas.
As the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world, ACSM releases an annual list of what’s shaping up to be the hottest topics in the fitness world. Check out the the top fitness trends for next year — are you ready?
1. Wearable Technology
Topping the list is wearable technology like fitness trackers, pedometers and heart rate monitors. The market for these products is booming and shows no signs of slowing down; in fact, sales are expected to hit over $4 billion during 2017.
But if you’re buying wearable technology to lose weight, you might want to hold off. A recent study found that “overweight participants in a randomized clinical trial who wore a wearable device actually lost less weight than another group who followed the same food and fitness plan without a fitness tracker.” This might be because people overeat after seeing exactly how much they exercised or moved that day or the exact opposite — someone who didn’t break a sweat one day might have gotten discouraged.
But hey, just a theory.
2. Bodyweight Training
Yep, the secret is out. Bodyweight training is one of next year’s top exercise trends, and for good reason. You don’t need fancy equipment, an expensive membership or very much room for these workouts, so bodyweight exercises sure are appealing and effective.
Bodyweight training helps increase lean muscle mass in individuals, especially when combined with aerobic activity. Bodyweight training is also a great way to ease into strength training, particularly if you’re new to the gym. You can modify the exercises to your level as well — just look at these 32 push-up variations.
3. High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
Most of us are short on time these days, so it’s no wonder that high-intensity interval training, or HIIT, is one of the major exercise trends of the coming year.
Instead of spending a long time exercising at a moderate pace, with HIIT, you’ll engage in short bursts of exercise at maximum or near-maximum heart rate. That means you’ll burn more calories in 20 to 30 minutes than you would in a longer session. The benefits are extensive— it’s one of my favorite ways to workout— but one of the most interesting findings is how it helps build endurance, too.
4. Educated and Experienced Fitness Professionals
Working with an fitness professional, like a personal trainer, can be a great way to get tailored guidance and accountability to reach your fitness goals. In fact, working with a trainer on a one-to-one basis can actually change an individual’s attitude toward fitness, helping to increase their physical activity.
Because there are so many personal trainers out there, it’s critical to find someone who is certified in their area of expertise and understands your goals and motivations. Here’s a handy list of things to consider before choosing a personal trainer.
5. Strength Training
Strength training is seeing its time in the limelight. While people, particularly women, sometimes shy away from the weight room, strength training is critical to keeping our bodies healthy, especially as we age. It helps preserve muscle mass and increase your metabolism to burn more calories even when you aren’t working out.
6. Group Training
Do you usually workout solo? 2017 could be the year to try group training.
Group training makes trying a new exercise, like spinning or boot camp, more fun. Having an experienced instructor can help keep you motivated and push you to go that extra bit. And bringing along a friend or making new ones in class has an effect, too. A little friendly competition can increase motivation to work harder.
Yoga certainly isn’t new, but it’s just as popular as ever. It helps to decrease anxiety and stress, improves sleep quality, allows blood to flow through the body better, helps digestion and so much more.
In fact, practicing yoga literally changes your brain. It increases the “chill-out” neurotransmitter in your brain, a chemical that’s in low supply for people who suffer from depression and anxiety. It also helps counteract chronic pain.
8. Slim Clip Phone Cases
Because fanny packs and fitness armbands are like, so 2012. Spring half a decade into the future, and the most sensible cellphone storage solution on the market is easily the Slim Clip Case. It’s the ultimate must-have, since the retractable clip secures your phone by your side without any hassle or distraction from your workout!