The hottest fitness trend predictions for 2016

The hottest fitness trend predictions for 2016

Hot fitness trends like aerobics classes and Shake Weights are now being replaced by new fitness fads like yoga, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and exercise apps.

In 2016, wearable technology, including smart watches and fitness trackers, are expected to be the most popular fitness trend, according to a survey released by American Academy of Sports Medicine.

“Tech devices are now central to our daily lives and have changed the way we plan and manage our workouts,” said lead survey author Walter R. Thompson, Ph.D., FACSM, in a news release. “Wearable devices also provide immediate feedback that can make the wearer more aware of their level of activity and can motivate the user to achieve their fitness goals.”

Body weight training, including push-ups, sit-ups and other strength training that doesn’t require weights was No. 1 in 2015. For next year, it is predicted to fall to second on the list, with HIIT predicted to drop to third most popular workout.

The survey of 2,800 health and fitness professionals worldwide finds other top fitness trends for 2016 will include:

  • Strength training
  • Educated, certified and experienced fitness professionals (More certifications will be available for exercise professionals)
  • Personal training
  • Functional fitness (Strength training that will improve balance and ease of daily living)
  • Fitness programs for older adults
  • Yoga
  • Exercise and weight loss programs (Pairing fitness and nutrition for better weight management)

“Working with a personal trainer is really important for new exercisers or older exercisers who could hurt themselves trying machines they are not familiar with,” says Evelyn Spencer, supervisor of personnel services at Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Center in Downers Grove, Ill. “Also, for people who have no knowledge  of putting a fitness program together that covers important aspects of wellness and fitness, a personal trainer can help guide them and motivate them.”

For those looking to jump start their fitness routine through classes, Spencer says it’s key to finding a class that’s at your level. Talk to the instructor before trying the class, and only do what you feel comfortable and confident doing during the session.

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