The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has recently released the annual results of its worldwide fitness trends survey - now in its 13th year. Over 2,000 health and fitness professional ranked 39 possible trends on a scale of 1 (least likely to be a trend) to 10 (most likely to be a trend).
The top 10 fitness trends for 2019 are:
- Wearable Technology including fitness trackers, smart watches, heart rate monitors and GPS tracking devices.
- Group Training: Group exercise instructors teach, lead and motivate individuals through intentionally designed, larger, in-person group movement classes (more than five participants). Group programs are designed to be motivational and effective for people at different fitness levels, with instructors using leadership techniques that help individuals achieve fitness goals.
- High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) involves short bursts of activity followed by a short period of rest or recovery. These 30-minute or less sessions continue to be a popular form of exercise around the world, despite concerns expressed by some fitness professionals.
- Fitness Programs for Older Adults: As Baby Boomers age into retirement, many health and fitness professionals are taking the time to create age-appropriate fitness programs to keep older adults healthy and active.
- Bodyweight Training uses minimal equipment, making it more affordable. Not limited to just push-ups and pull-ups, this trend allows people to get “back to the basics” with fitness.
- Employ Certified Fitness Professionals: Hiring health or fitness professionals certified through programs accredited by the NCCA is more important than ever. ACSM is one of the largest and most prestigious fitness-certification organizations in the world.
- Yoga is based on ancient tradition and utilises a series of specific bodily postures practiced for health and relaxation. This includes Power Yoga, Yogalates, Bikram, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Kripalu, Kundalini, Sivananda and others.
- Personal Training: More people are preparing for careers in allied health fields like personal training, with the growing emphasis on increased physical activity. Education, training and proper credentialing for personal trainers remain important to the health and fitness facilities that employ them.
- Functional Fitness Training: This trend focuses on strength training to improve balance and ease of daily living. Functional fitness and special fitness programs for older adults are closely related.
- Exercise is Medicine®: This global health initiative by ACSM encourages health care providers to include physical activity assessment and associated referrals to certified fitness professionals in the community as part of every patient visit.
View the full list of top 20 in the Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2019 - published in the current issue of ACSM’s Health and Fitness Journal®.