More than two thousand ACSM certified fitness professionals from around the globe participated in a research survey to predict next years hottest fitness trends. There are plenty of “usual suspects” on the list, but more than a few surprises this year as well.
For starters a mainstay on the list has seemed to have fallen out of favor. Pilates, which just a few years ago seemed to be cemented in just about every health club, is absent from the ACSM top 20 trends list for the first time in a long while.
A second, and much more positive surprise, is that “fitness for older adults” is number two on the top twenty fitness trends for 2011. This means that all of the advice from doctors and health care providers is starting to sink in and that older Americans are ready to be proactive about maintaining their health.
Participating in a regular fitness program has plenty of health benefits for people of all age groups. Following a properly designed fitness program can help older people achieve and maintain a goal weight, increase mobility, strengthen bones and improve cardiovascular health.
Living longer and living better requires careful attention to diet and an appropriate fitness program for your goals. Consult your health care provider for specific details on how you can begin adding exercise and making the dietary changes necessary to help you lose weight and live healthier.