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Health Buzz: The American College of Sports Medicine Predicts the Top Fitness Trends of 2016

by Anna Miller | Oct 26, 2015

If you've been holding out on springing for that Fitbit or Nike FuelBand – telling yourself fitness trackers will soon go out of style – you may need to find another excuse, or give in. According to the American College of Sports Medicine's 10th annual survey of 2,800 health and fitness professionals, wearable technologies such as fitness trackers, smart watches and GPS tracking devices are expected to be the No. 1 fitness trend in 2016.

"I suspect it has something to do with our fascination with gadgets and the fact that now we're past the era of the recession," says the survey's lead author Walter Thompson, associate dean in the College of Education & Human Development at Georgia State University in Atlanta. In the past, budget-friendly trends such as body weight training and group personal training were more popular. (It might also have something to do with the fact that this year was the first the ACSM included wearable technology as an option on the list at all.) "We'll have to see if it maintains its status," Thompson says, noting that the ACSM specifies that a "trend," or a general change in behavior, is different from a "fad," which is shorter-lived.

Of the 40 trends ACSM asked fitness professionals to rank, body weight training, high-intensity interval training, strength training and educated and experienced fitness professionals took the top five slots after wearable technology. Dropping on this year's list were worker incentive programs, boot camps and exercise programs aimed at children and weight loss – "a huge disappointment to those who believe that the fitness industry should take the lead in the battle against childhood obesity," the accompanying journal article reports.

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