January 5, 2014

Top Fitness Trends For 2014

These are trends I hope will continue and increase in the next year:

1. HIIT: High intensity interval training.  Yes, this was on my list of worst trends of 2013, but that is only because it has been misused.  Done correctly, (see interval training gets you better results in less time, and who can argue with that?

2. Exercise everywhere.  From bike share programs to 30 squats as subway payment in Russia, communities are starting to make being active easier.  The message is spreading that it is not the 1 hour in the gym, but the other 23 that really make a difference in our health. 

3. Educated and experienced fitness professionals.  A survey by ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) names this as one of the top trends of 2013.  Consumers are finally realizing that it is more important what a fitness professional knows, than what he or she looks like.  Search for a professional certified through programs that are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).  ACE, NASM, NSCA and ACSM certifications are among the best.  Be aware that programs such as Zumba and CrossFit may “certify” or “license” their instructors, but that does not mean they have been certified through an accredited provider.  Ask your professional about his or her credentials, and follow through by checking with the organization. 

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