At the beginning of each year, millions of Americans make resolutions – most of which involve losing weight or exercising more. Fortunately, with a host of new fitness trends on the rise in 2017, sticking to these resolutions will be that much easier. Read on to learn which six fitness trends will be hugely popular in 2017.
1. Wearable Fitness Monitors
One of the most popular trends sure to dominate 2017 is wearable fitness devices such as trackers, pedometers, and heart rate monitors. According to Forbes.com, sales for fitness tracking devices are expected to hit a whopping 4 billion dollars in 2017. 1 in 6 people own a fitness device of some kind and this number is expected to continue growing rapidly.
2. Exercise as a Form of Medicine
Thanks to Hippocrates, food has long been considered a form of medicine for boosting health and lowering the risk of various diseases. In 2017, it appears that exercise will be joining food in being viewed as a form of medicine. Just a few of the proven benefits of exercise include:
• Boost the immune system
• Decrease the risk of heart disease, stroke, dementia, and various cancers
• Increase lifespan
• Build strength
• Boosts mood
• Improve quality of sleep
• Enhance memory
3. Outdoor Fitness
A growing number of adults are tapping into nature as a way to boost their workout. Exercising outdoors has numerous proven benefits including a lifted mood and higher satisfaction from the workout. In addition, exercising outdoors exposes your body to various elements – such as wind resistance, variations in the ground, and temperature fluctuations – that can make the workout harder overall therefore making it more effective.
Outdoor exercise also helps prevent boredom considering each day brings new weather, new sites, and new sounds to soak in. Working out in nature helps boost the stress lowering capabilities exercise already offers.
4. Bodyweight Training
Bodyweight training – exercise moves such as push-ups, planks, lunges, squats, and other exercises that utilize your own weight as a tool – is capable of building long, lean, functional muscle.
As a bonus, bodyweight training requires no equipment, needs minimal space, saves money since it is free, and is easy to learn. Considering so many of us are on the go and traveling frequently, this convenient method allows for training anywhere and at any time.
5. Strength Training
Although strength training used to be limited to huge bodybuilders and gym rats, a growing number of adults are joining this trend. Lifting weights offers a wide range of proven benefits including:
• Increased longevity
• Reduction in back pain
• Increased lean muscle mass
• Reduced risk of type 2 diabetes
• Enhanced fat burning capabilities
• Boosted metabolism
6. High-Intensity Interval Training
High-Intensity Interval Training, also known as HIIT for short, is an already booming trend that is only expected to expand more in 2017. High-Intensity Interval Training is based around the concept of working harder for a shorter amount of time through bursts of exercises that max out your heart rate.
This style of exercise is perfect for the overwhelming, busy lifestyle so many of us lead. In just 20 or 30 minutes, this type of training is capable of burning more calories than a longer session.
“The new year is a great time to take control of your health and lifestyle,” said Fitness 19. Consider testing out one or more of the hot trends above to help you reach your goals.