Top 10 fitness trends predicted for 2010


A lasting trend is developing in health and fitness, according to an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) survey published in the November/December issue of ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal®. The importance of experienced and educated fitness professionals remains the top predicted fitness trend for the third straight year.


Consistent with 2009 results, the elevated importance of experienced and educated fitness professionals was identified as the top trend of 2010, likely due to increased industry regulation and an influx of specialty certifications and educational programs available for these professionals. This trend has moved up the list since the survey's inception in 2007, when it ranked third.


Strength training surged to second in the rankings, an indicator of the increased focus on strength training for various populations. Though strength training once was viewed only as a training method for male bodybuilders, more average exercisers and women are realizing its importance for healthy bones, muscles and aging.


 

The top 10 fitness trends predicted for 2010 are:


Educated and experienced fitness professionals. Because of an increase in the number of organizations offering health and fitness certifications, it's important that consumers choose professionals certified through programs that are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies, such as those offered by ACSM. Gyms will create and promote discount programs for budget-conscious consumers, and many individuals will opt to work out at home using portable fitness equipment.

 

 

 

Strength training. Strength training is an essential part of a complete physical activity program - for all physical activity levels and genders. In addition, some health clubs still focus exclusively on weight lifting and strength training. In a study of women aged 50 to 70, the women who strength trained gained 1% more bone density in the hip and spine while the group that did not lift weights lost 2.5 % bone density. Those who trained had strength increases from about 35 to 76% above the control group. Balance improved 14% and general physical activity increased by about 27%.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Children and obesity. Health and fitness professionals see the growing problem of childhood obesity as an opportunity to reverse an alarming trend. There is also an increasing market demand for programs tailored to overweight and obese children.

 

 

 

Shift towards a vegetarian lifestyle. This will be the nutrition trend of the year. In 2010 more and more meat-related food illnesses will occur, and healthy eaters will finally realize that mass-produced meat – even the stuff from *healthy* sandwich-franchise restaurants can’t be that good for you. More and more celebrities and fitness experts will prove to their fans and readers that a beautiful beach body can be achieved with much less animal protein (including whey shakes, burgers, eggs, and steaks) than previously thought. 20-25% of folks will adopt a vegetarian eating plan for at least one day of the week.


 



 

 

 

 

 

Core training. Different from strength training, this type of 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.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special fitness programs for older adults. With more and more of the baby boomer population reaching retirement age, health and fitness professionals are designing age-appropriate fitness programs to keep older adults healthy and happy well into their golden years. Studies show that exercise is important for promoting good health, functional independence, and quality of life in older adults. In other words, it may help slow the aging process by preventing or reducing the chances of disease and disability in seniors.


 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Functional fitness. This is a trend toward using strength training to improve balance and ease of daily living. Functional fitness and special fitness programs for older adults are closely related.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sport-specific training. This trend distinctly relates to young athletes. High school athletes are incorporating training into their off-seasons in order to stay in top shape for their sports, and might join a health and fitness club or local community health organization to increase strength and endurance.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pilates. Incorporating core training using the entire body, Pilates classes have become a mainstay of many health and fitness clubs. Pilates also improves flexibility and posture.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Group personal training. Perhaps the most surprising top-10 trend of the survey, group personal training involves small groups, in lieu of one-on-one instruction. The trend may reflect economic difficulties and makes financial sense for both the client and the trainer.


If you're just getting started, you'll find detailed information at Women Fitness . WF offers more ideas for strength training you can do at home. Always check with your doctor if you have any injuries or medical conditions before starting an exercise program.





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