Top 10 fitness trends for 2016

Thursday 21 January 2016

With the arrival of the New Year, if you're anything like us, you're probably wondering what new fitness trends to try in 2016.

However, with so many out there (and with many so fleeting), it's difficult to know which ones are actually worth trying.

So to make life a little easier, we've done the research for you.

According to the Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends in 2016, these are the top 10 fitness trends that you should try this year...

1. Wearable technology

Have you ever seen anyone exercising using a smart watch, heart rate monitor or sharing their run using a fitness tracker on social media?

This is what wearable technology is all about. They allow some level of personalisation as well as providing real-time data that can work as a motivator and also provide fitness results.

If this is all news to you, start getting your head around fitness and activity trackers such as Misfit, Garmin, Jawbone, and Fitbit.

The Apple Watch is another example of wearable technology, predicted to sell more than 485 million devices by the year 2018. Other gadgets such as smart glasses, smart fabrics and interactive textiles are all expected to experience growth into next year.

2. Body weight training (BWT)

At the top of the list since 2013, body weight training continues to be popular. As it uses minimum equipment, BWT is a very inexpensive way to exercise.

With versatile movements and multiple variations, it can be done anywhere with benefits such as improved movement and relative strength, as well as the possibility of improving reactive strength.

3. High-intensity interval training (HIIT)

Down from #1 on the list on the last survey, this type of training continues to remain popular despite some scepticism amongst respondents.

Concerns relate to whether HIIT might last, as so many people seem to only stick with it for a short period of time. Also, reports of high injury rates is another thing to be aware of.

4. Strength training

Remaining #4 for the second year in a row, this form of exercise has been well adopted among different segments of the population.

While youngsters seem to enjoy strength training using weights exclusively, people with stable chronic diseases have also benefited from it to improve or maintain strength.

5. Educated, certified, and experienced fitness professionals

Despite its fall from #3 last year, accreditation and demand for qualified fitness professionals continues to grow exponentially.

6. Personal training (PT)

With an increasing number of qualified professionals available today, there is more accessibility to personal trainers within the community, which is keeping PT among the top 10 trends for the past nine years.

This has been no different at UQ Sport, where our awesome PTs are constantly working with our members to help them achieve their fitness goals.

7. Functional fitness

Remaining a top trend since 2007, this form of exercise uses routines that may replicate movements that done around the house or in the course of your day (kettlebell training is particularly renowned for this).

For this reason, functional fitness is particularly popular among older adults as it can assist in improving balance, coordination, force, power, and endurance - making day-to-day tasks easier.

8. Fitness programs for older adults

An ageing population which is growing exponentially, with more time and disposable income remains a strong target group within the industry.

As baby-boomers retire, they offer a great opportunity for health clubs and community groups to capitalize on age-appropriate programs, particularly at times when gyms, for example, are underutilised (mid-mornings and mid-afternoons).

9. Exercise and weight loss

The dieting and weight loss industry has, for a while now, established the idea that exercise is crucial to an effective weight loss program. For this reason, this topic has remained within the top trends since 2007.

10. Yoga

Presenting itself in varied forms and styles, face-to-face classes and instructional DVDs and books have made its practice very popular amongst the general population. Yoga first appeared as a top trend in 2007, had some up and down movement since then and still remains in the top 10 for 2016.

At UQ Sport, Hatha and Vinyasa classes remain a top choice for group fitness.

Looking a little bit closer to home, experts such as Ben Lucas and Cameron Byrnes from the Australian Institute of Fitness (AIF), added their predictions to the 2016 trends: classes streamed online from around the world.

Rosemary Marchese, also from the AIF thinks that family fitness and programs aimed at preventing and treating child obesity will continue to increase in popularity and constitute a trend in Australia for 2016 as more and more families are taking a new approach to exercising and keeping fit together.

If you're still unsure what 'your thing' will be this year, why not try out some of these ideas or get inspired by all that's on offer at UQ Sport by visiting our Sports & Activities page?

 

Andreia Virmond

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
ANDREIA VIRMOND

Andreia is a marketing specialist and a capoeira lover and instructor. You'll find her showing some martial-arts kicks during the school holidays at our Kids Club, or at the yoga and pilates classes.