“IT” FITNESS TRENDS FOR 2017

Every year comes with it’s own fitness trends. Some linger on long enough to be included in next year’s “keep on doing” list, while most fade away, as new trends hit the limelight. 2017 started quarter of a year ago, so the “IT” trends for fitness and exercise are already settling into their niches. Below, we break down the yays and the nays of whats shaping up to be the biggest trends of 2017 from recommendations from the American College of Sports Medicine ! Are you ready?!

1. WEARABLE TECHNOLOGY

Topping the list is fitness trackers, heart rate monitors and pedometers. Fitness trackers and smart-watches have been hot holiday gifts for the last few years, and the ACSM says that trend won’t be going anywhere in 2017—and in fact, it will only get bigger. Recent updates from brands such as Fitbit, Apple and Garmin have sent the trend to number 1 for the coming year. Although in the past their have been questions about this particular line of technology, the brands have recently upped their games and and bringing advanced, mature and applicable results to the market which doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon.

2.  BODY WEIGHT TRAINING

No-equipment workouts have gained popularity over the past several months, and its easy to see why. They are adaptable to any level of training, can be done mostly anywhere, and are relatively easy to learn. And let’s not leave inexpensive out of our list of why we love them so much! Push-ups and pull-ups are classic bodyweight moves, but there are plenty more to choose from, like lunges, squats and planks, just to name a few!

3. HIIT

High Intensity Interval Training, or HIIT as it is commonly (and conveniently) known, is a workout method where the body undergoes intensive bursts of short-lived, strenuous exercise, alternated with short periods of rest. It is fast emerging as one of the fastest and most reliable training methods to burn calories. Another significant advantage is that HIIT gives your metabolism a boost long after you have finished with your workout for the day. Many common workouts such as Pilates and Crossfit incorporate HIIT into their routines.

4. FITNESS PROFESSIONALS

Recent times have seen a surge in college and university fitness programs. It is an educational area that has seem stupendous and continuous growth over the past few years, which can largely be attributed to clients becoming conscious about who they turn to for fitness-related help.

5. STRENGTH TRAINING

‘Eat right and lift heavy’ seems to be the mantra of fitness experts this year. Regardless of if you want to lose weight or gain muscle, it is imperative to eat the right foods and lift the right weights. Although shunned in the past, strength training is emerging stronger than ever now, thanks to backing by science which has provided evidence that it preserves muscle mass as we age, and overall boosts the metabolism, which in turn leads to fat loss and lean muscle gain in the body. Lifting has been shown to halt and even reverse sarcopenia – the reduction of skeletal muscle that occurs as we get older.

6. YOGA

Yoga certainly isn’t new to 2017, but it is still as popular as ever, thanks to its many physical and mental health benefits. It is a practical aid based on a harmonizing system of development for the body, mind and spirit. It has been shown to help with the release of dopamine, the happy neurotransmitter in the brain. Yoga also dImproves blood flow to the heart and brain, and decreases anxiety and stress.

Dr. Annie

Physician, mom and wife

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