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The Top 10 Fitness Trends of 2016

1. Wearable technology: Introduced just a few years ago, wearable technology includes fitness trackers, smart watches, heart rate monitors, and GPS tracking devices. Examples include fitness and activity trackers like those from Misfit, Garmin, Jawbone, and Fitbit.

2. Body weight training: Typical body weight training programs use minimal equipment, which makes it a very inexpensive way to exercise effectively. Most people think of body weight training as being limited to push-ups and pull-ups, but it can be much more than that. Body weight training is a trend to watch for the future.

3. High-intensity interval training (HIIT): High-intensity interval training typically involves short bursts of high-intensity exercise followed by a short period of rest or recovery and typically lasts 30-60minutes to perform.) Despite the warnings by some health and fitness professionals of potentially increased injury rates using high-intensity interval training, this form of exercise remains popular in gyms all over the world.

4. Strength training: Strength training remains popular in all sectors of the health and fitness industry and for many different kinds of clients.  Today, however, there are many other individuals (men and women, young and old, children, and patients with a stable chronic disease) whose main focus is on using weight training to improve or maintain strength.

5. Educated, certified, and experienced fitness professionals: This is a trend that continues now that there are accreditations offered by national third-party accrediting organizations for health and fitness and clinical exercise program professional. As the economy continues to grow and as the market for fitness professionals becomes even more crowded and more competitive, interest in some degree of regulation either from within the industry or from external sources (i.e., government) seems to be expanding.

6. Personal training: As more professional personal trainers are educated and become certified (see trend no. 5), they are increasingly more accessible in all sectors of the health and fitness industry. Personal training has been in a top 10 trend for the past 9 years and will continue to be a vital part of the health and fitness industry.

7. Functional fitness: Replicating actual physical activities someone might do as a function of his or her daily routine, functional fitness is defined as using strength training to improve balance, coordination, force, power, and endurance to enhance someone’s ability to perform activities of daily living.

8. Fitness programs for older adults: The highly active older adult (the athletic old) can be targeted by commercial and community-based organizations to participate in more rigorous exercise programs including strength training and team sports. The “baby boom generation” is now aging into retirement, and because they may have more discretionary money than their younger counterparts, fitness clubs should capitalize on this exponentially growing market. Fitness programs for older adults will remain a strong trend for 2016.

9. Exercise and weight loss: The combination of exercise and weight loss is a trend toward incorporating weight loss programs that emphasize caloric restriction with a sensible exercise program.The combination of exercise and diet is essential for weight loss maintenance and can improve compliance to caloric restriction diets and in particular weight loss programs. Most of the well-publicized diet plans integrate exercise in addition to the daily routine of providing prepared meals to their clients.

10. Yoga: Yoga comes in a variety of forms, including Power Yoga, Yogalates, and Bikram Yoga (the one done in hot and humid environments)Instructional tapes and books are abundant, as are the growing numbers of certifications for the many yoga formats. Yoga seems to reinvent and refresh itself every year, making it a more attractive form of exercise.

 

 

Staying on Track

ASK AN EXPERT: Dynamic Health and Fitness
Q.How do I stay on track through the spring and into the summer?
A. You can smell the barbecue, NHL playoffs have started, and your glued to your seat, refreshments are calling your name on the patios. It would be so easy just to put off that workout!
But take a moment and reflect how hard you’ve worked over the last six or seven months. Is it worth it to “take some time off?” Maybe not, if you are feeling a bit lazy, low and out of shape. With summer officially around the corner, we need to plan ahead and stay on track.
CONSISTENCY IS KEY. Don’t skip your workout just because it’s warm and sunny out — work it in with your other activities. If you’re an early riser, you can enjoy leisurely evenings on the patio because you got up early and worked out (don’t forget — Dynamic Health and Fitness is open at 5:30 a.m. on weekdays and 7:30 a.m. on weekends).
SPICE UP YOUR ROUTINE. The workout that challenged and shaped you last fall and into the winter may need a refresh. Ask any of us trainers to help you shake things up with a spring refresher that gives you results and the drive to stick to it.
MAKE A GOAL FOR YOURSELF. Sign up for a 10k fundraising walk, a 5k or 10k running race, an adventure race (Tough Mudder, Spartan) When we have a goal for our training, it makes hitting the Club easier. We can direct all our effort toward a tangible payoff — like your best time ever in your favorite challenge.
TAKE IT OUTSIDE. PLAY! Get out there, go for a run, play Frisbee, climb the Chief or do some push-ups in the park. When the weather’s this good, bi-weekly outdoor workouts and activities are the perfect complements to your indoor workouts at the Club.
So, in a nutshell, here’s how you make working out a fun habit in the spring/ summer — plan ahead, just do it, set some goals, take it outside and take time to relax and enjoy the sunny warmer weather — you will have earned it!