Every year, I like to research the top health and fitness trends for the year to come. As I search the web, some trends keep popping up. Other trends are either an area of interest for myself or something I think will be fun to try next year.
Fitness Trend Predictions From Around The Web
Body-weight exercises use minimal equipment and include push-ups, pull-ups, planks, and squats. I’ve really grown to love body-weight training recently. One of my favorite trainers, Bob Harper uses a lot of body weight exercises in his programs at BobHarper.com
Strength training continues to be emphasized in many health clubs as well as home workout DVDs. Incorporating strength training is an essential part of a complete physical activity program for all physical activity levels and genders. Women tend to worry about getting bulky, but don’t worry, we don’t have enough testoterone in our bodies to get big muscles. A tight, toned body, however is a great reward. A strength training program I really like is Les Mills Pump.
Zumba and other dance workouts. Apparently, Zumba broke into the top 20 list on ACSM’s website last year. I certainly enjoy it. Other dance-based workouts are increasing in popularity all around the country. Find a class near you at Zumba.com
Exercise for children
With childhood obesity growing at an alarming rate, health and fitness professionals see the epidemic as an opportunity to create programs tailored to overweight and obese children. Even if your child is average weight, getting them interested in exercise at an early age is important to set the standard for the rest of their lives.
Distinct from strength training, core training specifically emphasizes conditioning of the middle-body muscles, including the pelvis, lower back, hips and abdomen – all of which provide needed support for the spine. Many people make the mistake in thinking the core is only your abs, but it is so much more. Jillian Michaels has a great cored DVD – Killer Abs
Fitness programs for older adults
As the population reaches transition with the baby boomer generation moving towards retirement there will be a greater demand for fitness programs aimed at adults. As I am now 44, I am moving closer to the 50+ age bracket. I’ve also worked with older adult in my own training business. You are never too old to get strong and healthy.
Fitness Trends I’d like to try or even start a new trend…
More and more resorts are catering to the health and wellness of travelers. Companies like Backroads, REI Adventures, and many others create active trips for all fitness types and interests. Consider booking a vacation for hiking, biking, yoga, running for your next trip.
Run an organized race (a fun one!)
It’s been years since I have run an organized race. My goal is to run at least a few 5Ks this year and maybe even a 10K or a sprint triathlon. I’m not sure if I’m ready to tackle a “mud run” type of race, but I’m aiming for the Color Run for sure.
I am thrilled to be back into my fitness blogging. I think it is a growing trend with more and more people sharing their experiences with diet, exercise, and everything under the sun when it comes to health and wellness. Don’t have your own blog? Think about starting one on a site like Blogger.com. It’s free and really easy. If Blogging is too high tech for your taste, keep a fitness journal.
I am lucky that my kids are pretty active and healthy, but my goal is to continue this trend by promoting healthy family activities including hikes, bike rides, kickball in the backyard, and more. Blast some music and hold a family dance party. Any way you can burn those calories as a family makes for good bonding time too. I am not a big supporter of video games, but I will say that some of the XBox 360 games can really get you moving.
Have an idea for another trend? Let me know!