8 essential fitness trends for 2016

PUBLISHED: 12:31 04 January 2016 | UPDATED: 12:52 04 January 2016

Fitness trends influence how we exercise

Fitness trends influence how we exercise

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Here are 8 essential fitness trends for 2016 as shared by fitness guru Karen Smith, owner of Fitgirlslim.

1. Wearable Technology.

I hear a lot of people talking about how many steps or how many calories they’ve burned that day and it’s all though the wearable fitness technology they’re wearing. Fitness trackers, smart watches and GPS tracking devices are everywhere now and it’s still a new industry that will only get bigger.

2. Body Weight Training.

As the tech side is taking off in a big way the other side is a lot of people want to get ‘back to the basic’ with fitness and body weight training uses no equipment making it more affordable.

3. HIIT.

High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT): People who are health conscience but struggle to find time to work out are more attracted to HIIT training. HIIT training involves short bursts of activity followed by a short period of rest or recovery. These exercise programs are usually performed in less than 30 minutes.

4. Strength Training.

Strength training remains a central emphasis for many health clubs. Incorporating strength training is an essential part of a complete exercise program for all physical activity levels and genders. (The other essential components are aerobic exercise and flexibility.)

5. Personal Training.

The one-to-one attention and accountability you get from a PT is still one of the best ways to achieve your own personal goals.

6. Functional Fitness.

This is a trend toward using strength training to improve balance and ease of every day movements you make. Functional fitness and number 8 on the list or closely matched.

7. Fitness Programs for Older Adults.

Populations are aging and quality of life is growing more people in the 60 plus range are trying to stay active and socialise more often, therefore many health and fitness professionals are taking the time to create age-appropriate fitness programs to bring in older clients.

8. Exercise and Weight Loss.

In addition to nutrition, exercise is a key component of a proper weight loss program. Health and fitness professionals who provide weight loss programs are increasingly incorporating regular exercise and caloric restriction for better weight control in their clients.


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