Monday, December 7, 2015

Fitness Trends for 2016

If you didn't catch it, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) revealed the predictions for the Top 20 Fitness Trends of 2016

Notice the term trend (potential of becoming a long-term influence on the future of a market), which is different than a fad (short-term event).

I am a long-time fan of #1, and am honestly surprised to find that it took this long to surge to the top of the list.  It did not even appear in the top 25 of 2015.

FitBit is the #1 seller of wearable technology; I'm on my 4th one (I've lost 2 FitBit Ones, returned a ChargeHR & was gifted a One to replace the lost). I'm going on 2 years of constant tracking and love every minute of it. I also have an original Garmin Forerunner 405 (circa 2011) and am getting a Garmin Vivofit this year from my parents.

The lead author of the survey, Walter R. Thompson, Ph.D. believes that wearable technology rocketed to number 1 in it's first year on the list as a result of our technology-driven society. "Tech devices are now central to our daily lives and have changed the way we plan and manage our workouts. Wearable devices also provides immediate feedback." said Thompson.

So, are you one of the 21% of Americans that own a tracking device or one of the 10% of American that still use it daily?  PwC has some interesting statistics and information on the future of wearable technology and the unprecedented adaptation by Americans here.

Even if fitness trackers aren't your thing, use this survey to find new things to incorporate into your fitness routine. Variety is the spice of life; or so they say.

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