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Top 5 Fitness Trends for 2012

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Top 5 Fitness Trends for 2012
 

Thanks to my friend Chuck….I was sent this article today showing us the latest fitness trends for 2012.  “A survey of more than 2,600 fitness professionals conducted by the American College of Sports Medicine ranked the top 20 fitness trends for the coming year.   The latest picks aren’t just about what’s faddish or in fashion — selections are often based on new research in the field of sports medicine, as well as slow-growing business trends. In other words: many of these areas of consumer fitness are here to stay.”- as reported in the Huffpost

I am highlighting the top 5

1.  Certified and Educated Fitness Professionals

Certified  fitness professionals has held the number one spot for the past five years. With good reason: the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics reports that employment opportunities for fitness workers are expected to increase 29% between 2008 and 2018. And with ever-more stringent regulations on personal trainer accreditation (a third party accrediting organization now rates trainer certifications), clients are more able to make informed choices than ever before.

2.  Strength Training

Training with weights is an essential part of any exercise program, regardless of the goal. Strength training revs up metabolism, improves posture and form and even improves cardiac health.

3.  Fitness Programs for Older Adults

Retirees are fitter and more active than ever before. And with time and discretionary income on their sides, those in the business of exercise would do well to create programming that specifically addresses the 60s and 70s set.

4.  Exercise with Diet for Weight Loss

Those who are exercising to lose weight must incorporate healthy, mindful eating into their daily routine. While fitness professionals may have not given nutritional advice in years past, they are often now called upon to advise clients on all aspects of weight control.

5.  Children and Obesity Prevention

Currently, one-third of all children and adolescents in the United States are either obese or overweight, largely due to a sedentary lifestyle. And with public schools cutting down on recess and other active time, fitness practitioners have to pick up the slack.

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