“TOP 20 FITNESS TRENDS FOR 2017” written by Julia Naftulin for the FoxNews.com HEALTH blog is an interesting mix of items that you’re sure to encounter as you search to find ways to improve your health this year. The article originally appeared on Health.com with embedded active links that are referred to in the text. Unfortunately, the advertising is so distracting that it is difficult to get much useful information, so the secondary piece is reported on here.
Accoding to the article, the list represents the results of a survey conducted by the American College of Sports Medicine and published in the ACSM’s 11th annual report. Approximately 1,800 fitness professionals were queried about trends that have been sustained over several years.
You should not be surprised to find that the topics highlighted and discussed on the Earned Runs BLOG, like high intensity interval training (HIIT), bodyweight and free-weight strength training, and foam rolling made this list. The exercise physiologists, coaches, trainers, and college faculty researchers who provide the articles on which the Earned Runs BLOG is based, helping runners improve speed and avoid injury, likely participated in the survey.
The article discusses each trend in detail, but the groupings below represents an overview of what it identifies as being HUGE in fitness this year:
Gear: wearable tech, smartphone apps, foam rollers
Training: body weight and free-weight strength, HIIT
Flexibility/mobility/balance: yoga, functional fitness, older adult fitness
Exercise as medicine and integral to weight loss programs
Personal outdoor adventure: hiking
Formal indoor coaching: exercise classes, personal and group training, worksite wellness
If you’ve been working to become a stronger and safer runner/walker for a goal competition in 2016, you’re likley to be ahead of the curve for 2017. Look over this list and perhaps there will be an item you can incorporate into your current training regimen to enhance it.
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EARNED RUNS is edited and authored by me, runner and founder. I began participating in road races before 5Ks were common. I've been a dietitian, practiced and taught clinical pathology, and been involved with research that utilized pathology. I am fascinated with understanding the origins of disease as well as health.
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