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Top Exercise Trends for 2019

Renee Eder on Tuesday, November 6, 2018

The holidays are almost upon us, which means it's time to start thinking about how to shed holiday pounds after all those latkes. It might seem early, but fitness professionals are already predicting top exercise trends for next year. To get an idea of what's in store for the future, the American College of Sports Medicine surveyed thousands of fitness professionals about health and fitness trends. These are the top predicted fitness trends for 2019, according to the pros:

- Wearable Technology

Wearable technology, such as smart watches, fitness trackers, heart monitors, and more, has ranked in the top three trends every year since 2016. The merging of fitness and tech shows no signs of going anywhere, so expect to see even more ways to track and monitor your fitness in 2019.

- Group Exercise Classes

Group training is any workout with more than five participants. It first appeared among its top 20 trends in 2017, and it remains in the top five for the coming year.

- HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training)

HIIT took the top spot in 2018 (and in 2014), but despite its small drop, experts still see it playing a big role in the industry this coming year. A HIIT workout involves "short bursts of high-intensity bouts of exercise followed by a short period of rest." They're usually 30 minutes or less, though they can be longer.

- Fitness Programs for Older Adults

Exercise is a great way for seniors to maintain bone density and muscle mass as they age, plus reap the numerous other health benefits that come with being active.

- Bodyweight Training

Bodyweight training uses just your bodyweight—think push-ups and planks—to get you sweating. And, they work. Your body itself is truly a great resistance training tool.

- Yoga

The ancient practice of yoga has been on the list for many years. Yoga has taken on many forms, like power yoga, surf board yoga, and hot yoga. Who knows what other forms of yoga the future holds?

- Personal Training

Personal training, or fitness testing and goal setting with a trainer working one-on-one with a client, has been one of the top 10 trends since the survey first started 13 years ago, and it continues to be! Let a personal trainer help you develop a program to help you meet your goals.

Looking to start an exercise program? Be sure to check with your doctor first! Hope to see you at the J as you try some of these fitness trends and other exercises that work well for you! For more details on fitness at the J, please visit https://www.jccnv.org/sportsfitnessaquatics/wellness-services/.

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