4 fitness trends

Do you enjoy staying on top of the latest fitness trends? Then here’s how you’re likely to build up a sweat.

The Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2017 by the American College of Sports Medicine has just been released, and results show that wearable technology once again reigns supreme.

Here we highlight four of the top trends for the next 12 months. Our suggestion? Exercise outdoors as often as possible. Being in a natural environment has additional health benefits.

  1. Wearable technology
    If you’re serious about fitness, 2017 is the year in which to invest in a fitness tracker or smartwatch (that is, if you haven’t done so already). It’s never been easier to track your fitness levels on the go. While iWatches and Fitbits will remain popular, it’s worth keeping an eye out for other devices. Myzone, a new heart-rate-based system that uses wireless and cloud technology to accurately and conveniently monitor your physical activity, has received rave reviews and is now available in South Africa.
  2. Bodyweight training
    While humans have used the weight of their bodies for centuries as a form of resistance training, this form of exercise, which requires very little fitness equipment, is once again popular. Why? Because, if done often, it yields incredible results. Plus, it’s an inexpensive form of exercise that you can do anywhere, anytime. Look beyond simple sit-ups, push-ups, squats and lunges – there are many different workouts you can do to keep it interesting.
  3. High-intensity interval training (HIIT)
    If you’re interested in burning fat fast, this form of training might be your exercise choice in 2017. HIIT involves short bursts of high-intensity exercise followed by short periods of rest in a session that typically lasts less than 20–30 minutes. For instance, a workout could involve repeatedly sprinting for 1 minute, and then walking for 2 minutes, until you’ve completed a 15-minute session. Experts say you’ll burn kilojoules for hours after each session. But be warned: HIIT comes with a high injury rate, so take things slowly at first.
  4. Educated, certified and experienced fitness professionals
    As more and more fitness trainers tap into the increasing number of accredited courses offered, the industry is becoming more competitive. In 2017, a group fitness instructor with too little training simply won’t cut it – and, with all the accredited trainers out there, it’s not necessary to train with someone who doesn’t have the proper credentials. Contact the Register of Exercise Professionals SA to find out if your instructor has been registered.

– Thompson, WR. (November/December 2016) Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2017. ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal. Volume 20 – Issue 6. Web URL:


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