INDIANAPOLIS, IN, December 29, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Exercise is good for the body. As well as sleep. Research indicates that physical activity and sleep contribute to a healthy immune system, which is critical in the ongoing battle with COVID-19. With more people turning to their smartwatch or fitness tracker to monitor exercise and sleep quality, it’s no surprise that more than 4,500 health and fitness professionals surveyed by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) have identified wearable technology as the top new trend. In fitness for 2022. The American Colleges of Sports Medicine released survey results today in an article titled “Global Survey of Fitness Trends 2022” published in the January/February issue of the ACSM Health & Fitness Journal®.
Former ACSM President Walter R. Thompson, Ph.D., FACSM, said, “ACSM-CEP®, lead author of the survey.
Now in its 16th year, the annual American Colleges of Sports Medicine survey helps the global health and fitness industry make programming and business decisions that affect consumers. This year’s survey assessed 43 potential trends. Notable trends include the debut of home gyms at No. 2 and the move to outdoor exercise at No. 3. High-intensity interval training (HIIT) has dropped to No. 7, online training, which is now live online, and on-demand workout classes are down to No. . .9 (No. 1 in 2021).
The top 10 fitness trends for 2022 are:
- Wearable Technology: Devices such as fitness trackers, smartwatches, and heart rate monitors that count steps and track heart rate, calories, sitting time, sleep, blood pressure, and respiratory rate.
- Home gyms: Use minimal equipment or treadmills and bikes at home for individual or family events.
- Outdoor Activities: Includes small group walking tours, group tours, and organized hiking groups. Participants can meet in a garden, picnic area, or bike path for short and long day events.
- Strength training with free weights: Trainers focus on teaching proper form for exercises using weights, barbells, dumbbells, and/or medicine balls. The resistance increases gradually as the correct form is achieved.
- Weight loss exercise: Using an exercise program along with a daily calorie restriction routine to lose weight.
- Personal Training: Fitness testing and goal setting with a coach who works one-on-one with the client to describe workouts specific to individual needs.
- High-intensity interval training (HIIT): Involves short bursts of activity followed by a short period of rest or recovery in a session of 30 minutes (or less).
- Bodyweight training: Uses minimal equipment. This trend isn’t just about push-ups and pull-ups, this trend lets people “back to basics” with fitness.
- Live and on-demand online exercise classes: Digital broadcast technology is used to deliver individual and group exercise programs over the Internet. Available 24/7 and can be a live or pre-recorded class.
- Health/Wellness Training: Integrates behavioral sciences into health promotion and lifestyle medicine programs. The individual and small group approach provides support, goal setting, and encouragement.
The fitness world is still feeling the effects of the pandemic. Dr Thompson added: “The more widespread use of vaccinations and our need to return to a normal lifestyle are certainly reflected in the trends for 2022.”
The American Colleges of Sports Medicine also published a separate article comparing the top 20 fitness trends in North America, Australia, Brazil, China, Europe, Mexico and Spain. The article provides a more global understanding of health and fitness trends in different regions around the world.
“In light of the ongoing uncertainty of the pandemic, understanding global consumer behavior can help stakeholders develop a multifaceted strategy to drive business growth,” said Vanessa M. Kircher, Ph.D., ACSM-EP®, lead author of the global comparison article. and Clinical Assistant Professor at the Indiana University School of Public Health.
The full list of the top 20 trends is available in the article “Global Fitness Trends Survey 2022” with key takeaways from global rankings available in “2022 Fitness Trends From Around the World”. Resources are available at ACSM.org.
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About the American College of Sports Medicine
The American College of Sports Medicine is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world. More than 50,000 members and certified professionals are dedicated to developing and integrating scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine. More details at www.acsm.org.
About the ACSM Health & Fitness Journal®
The ACSM Health & Fitness Journal® is an official publication of the American College of Sports Medicine and is available from Wolters Kluwer Health / Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Visit www.acsm-healthfitness.org.
Top 10 Global Fitness Trends for 2022 from the American Colleges of Sports Medicine