For over 13 years the professionals of ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal® (FIT) have done a survey to determine health and fitness trends.
Here are the 16 Health & Fitness Trends for 2020:
- Wearable Technology
Not a brand-new topic but it stayed in the top 3 for the past years. Anything from heart trackers, smartwatches and fitness trackers from various brands.
- Group Training
Surprised? Group training ranked in the top 20 over the past years and now finally got to the top. Reason behind this is that group training teach, lead and motivate individuals at the same time. We are stronger together and don’t showing up to a session may let you feel more guilty because you don’t want to disappoint your training partner.
- High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
All time classic. Combined with the right workout it let you see results fast. In this modern times where everybody wants to see instant results it’s no wonder that it ended up on the third place.
- Fitness Programs for Older Adults
Humanity is getting older and also want to live a healthy lifestyle. Fitness got more attractive for the older generation and there are special trainings and programs that they can take part in that are designed for their needs exactly.
- Bodyweight Training
Not everybody want to go or can afford a gym membership. In the meantime there are a tons of really cool apps on the market that let you do your workout at home with no need of extra fitness equipment.
Yoga is trending over the years and comes in a variety of forms like Power Yoga, Pilates, Hot Yoga and so on. Also the spiritual part is something that many people can relate to.
- Personal Training
This trend continues as the profession of personal training becomes more accessible online, in health clubs, in the home, and in worksites that have fitness facilities. This can be total individual with a person or just with a personal workout plan within an app.
- Functional Fitness Training
If you want to improve balance, coordination, strength this would be the right training for you. Mostly it’s paired with other fitness programs and is also used in clinical programs.
- Exercise is Medicine (EIM)
It’ a global health initiative that is focused on encouraging primary care physicians and other health care providers to include physical activity assessment and associated treatment recommendations as part of every patient visit, and referring their patients to exercise professionals.
- Health/Wellness Coaching
Health and Fitness belong together. As a global trend this is becoming more and more popular every year. The coaching focuses on the client’s values, needs, vision, and short- and long-term goals using behavior change intervention strategies to get the best outcome possible.
- Exercise for Weight Loss
Overweight is still a problem in many countries. But a growing number of people are doing something to loose their weight. Through sports or diet or nutrition. Solutions to tackle this issue are countless.
- Mobile Exercise Apps
Number one are probably running apps. You can partner up with your co-workers, friends and family or just do a solo run and compare your results with the world. There are even a big number of apps for gym workouts or workouts at home that are easy to use and very convenient.
- Mobility/Myofascial Devices
This would be deep tissue roller, myofascial release, and trigger point relief and are designed to massage, relieve muscle tightness and muscle spasms, increase circulation, ease muscular discomfort, and assist in the return to normal activity.
- Worksite Health Promotion and Workplace Well-being Programs
Employers are starting to recognize that healthy and fit workers are better for their company. Not only do they have more power and strength, they are also less ill and cost the corp. less money. All good reasons to push those programs and pay for it.
- Outcome Measurements
This is a trend toward accountability. There will be efforts to define, track, and report outcomes. Measurements are necessary to determine the benefits of health and fitness programs in disease management and to document success in changing negative lifestyle habits
- Outdoor Activities
This is a trend for health and fitness professionals to offer more outdoor activities such as group walks, group rides, or organized hiking groups. They can be short events, daylong events, or planned week hiking excursions. Participants may meet in a local park, hiking area, or on a bike trail with a leader.