Wearable Technology: Top Fitness Trend for 2017

Posted 12/05/2016 | By HealthCorps

The American Academy of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has released the annual fitness trend forecast and wearable technology will remain a top fitness trend in 2017.  So if you are one of those people who “won’t leave home without it,” you are not alone.

Most of us are using technology to measure daily steps, daily calories, daily minutes of aerobic exercise, and grams of carbohydrates or protein consumed daily.  The newest fitness trackers collect health data and inform users about current fitness levels and even nudge wearers to make healthier choices.

The 11th annual survey, completed by over 1800 health and fitness professionals worldwide and certified by the ACSM, showcases the top twenty trends that these experts predict, out of forty two possible choices.  To clarify the difference between a “fad” and a “trend,” a fad is typically a pursuit enthusiastically followed for a brief period of time, while a trend is a “general development in a situation, or in the way people are behaving.”  The full list is available, but here are the top ten fitness trends predicted for 2017:

1.       Wearable technology – activity trackers, heart rate monitors, pedometers, smart watches, GPS tracking devices

2.       Body Weight Training – It requires little equipment but has maximal payoff.  Jumping jacks, pushups, pull ups, and all the basic moves that you can do with just your body weight.

3.       HIITHigh Intensity Interval Training has been trending for a while and its longevity is predicted.  It involves a short burst of high intensity exercise effort followed by a recovery period, performed for several cycles.

4.       Use of accredited fitness professionals as personal or group instructors

5.       Strength trainingThis method of exercise builds muscle mass and bones.

6.       Group Training – If you are looking for a certain level of exercise and want to save money, a group training class will meet both needs.  Training in a group is very motivational and can really offer a level of fun that individual exercise may not have.

7.       Exercise is Medicine – With so much research supporting exercise as a means to prevent certain diseases, lowering the risk  of certain health conditions and promoting overall health, it is now considered “on par” with other medical treatment options

8.       Yoga – There are so many different types of and levels of yoga that you will likely never run out of choices.  You also have the option of sticking with one modality for many years, working on perfecting poses.  Yoga can be an individual or class experience.

9.       Personal training – Nothing beats individualized attention and a workout regimen tailored to your needs and goals.  This type of guided training takes into account any past or current injuries, as well as your personal abilities, stamina and it can easily set milestone achievements.  Look for credentialed individuals.

10.    Exercise for Weight Loss – Overweight or clients diagnosed with obesity need a lifestyle program that incorporates a weight loss goal.  Coupled with a sensible, personalized diet, exercise can help to nudge weight loss along.

If you have a teen resistant to exercise, a fitness tracker may help to inspire him (her) to move more or to get involved in some kind of exercise program.

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