FORT MYERS, Fla.- Did you reach your fitness goals for 2011? Do you have a new fitness plan for 2012? The American College of Sports Medicine recently released their annual survey results for the “Anticipated Fitness Trends of 2012″ with more than 2,600 fitness professionals participating. Several trends from 2011 continue to go strong but many were relegated to the growing list of fitness fads (think Thigh Masters and Vibrating Belts) If you are at a loss for ideas on which direction your fitness plan should take, here is a sneak peak at the fitness trends for 2012.
Our fascination with self-improvement shows no signs of waning, and there's no shortage of new exercise trends aimed at helping us meet our health goals. Watchers of fitness trends say the road to better health is paved with new possibilities -- along with some old ones that are poised to make a comeback.
Some of the exercise and diet trends that appear to be past their prime are:
• High-impact aerobic workouts
• Expensive home gym equipment.
High-Impact aerobics aren’t realistic long term as the body takes a pounding (literally) as it absorbs each jump or step. The high-tech stuff is great and everybody loves gadgets, but what ends up happening is it becomes a great place to hang your clothes. How many of you have a treadmill in the corner?
Health trends on the way up:
• Functional fitness
By basics, using the body and not much else to get in shape. Remember those calisthenics from fifth grade -- push-ups, sit-ups, jumping jacks, and sprints? If trend forecasters are right, that is the workout of the future. Another emerging trend is functional fitness -- programs that help us move through daily life with greater ease.
An Overview of the Results:
THE BAD: while great strides have been made in health education, the average consumer still believes the best way to lose weight is by following a restrictive or fad diet, rather than incorporating a fitness regimen into their lifestyle.
THE NEW: technology is beginning to play a significant role in complementing fitness services by providing additional motivational support. Social media and mobile-based applications will continue to aid and revolutionize the fitness industry.
THE POPULAR: ZUMBA fitness and BOOT CAMP style workouts remain strong (Motivate/Deliver results!)
You have to make lifestyle changes plan and simple. Use the expertise of fitness instructors, personal trainers, nutritionists and wellness coaches depending on the advice and support you need. It takes more than a restrictive diet to improve your quality of life. Increase your physical activity, make better food decisions, and manage your stress more effectively. Make exercise a routine. If you don’t make time for yourself, no one else will!