I turned into a conscientious gym-goer 20 years ago (for health reasons) and can’t imagine life without this daily routine.
My experience with arthritis and weight loss has made fitness even more integral to my lifestyle. The last three years, in particular, have been game-changers in terms of how I work out including getting a trainer and my approach to eating and drinking.
I’m writing about it today (again) for two reasons: 1. I believe if I had started this way of life earlier, e.g., in my early thirties vs. late forties, I might have avoided this arthritis situation altogether and 2. I’ve seen so many of my friends (mostly younger) struggle to get motivated with fitness.
I used to be gym-averse also. I can’t count the number of times I joined a gym only never to go. It took being diagnosed with high blood pressure and high cholesterol to get me motivated. Now, going to the gym is as ingrained a habit for me, as taking a shower or brushing my teeth.
Today’s post features the Top 5 Fitness Trends just released by Sara Kooperman, CEO of SCW (which I believe stands for Sara’s City Workout). I wanted to share this because every word of what Sara writes mirrors my fitness journey. One sentence, in particular, got my attention:
- Exercise is medicine, and fitness and health professionals are emphasizing prehab rather than rehab.
This is so relevant to my situation. Twenty years ago, my doctor gave me the choice of taking medicines to treat my high blood pressure and high cholesterol OR going to the gym. For whatever reason, I was adamant NOT to become a pill popper to stay healthy. And fortunately, I saw results quickly which turned my then new gym-routine, into an unbreakable habit.
Sara’s top five fitness trends are based on surveys conducted among fitness instructors, personal trainers, owners and managers at independent health clubs, recreation centers, YMCAs and boutique studios.
The top five most sought-after areas of fitness/wellness across the nation are:
- Functional Training
- Active Aging
- Strength Training
- Personal Training
Read on below for a recap of the top trends, but if fitness is a topic of particular concern or something you’re struggling with, please read this in its entirety.
TOP FITNESS TRENDS
Functional training is the top listed trend for 2020.
- It includes strength, balance, coordination, power, range of motion, and mobility.
Active aging is the second most valuable trend.
- The growing number of baby boomers and longer lifespans has resulted in a demand for fitness alternatives.
- People don’t want just to live longer; they want to thrive longer and continue to enjoy the benefits life has to offer.
- Programming and training to facilitate active agers aren’t just for 70-80-year-olds, it begins when we are 30, 40 and 50 years old since it is much easier to age well when you have mastered foundational movement.
- REMEMBER: Exercise is medicine, and fitness and health professionals are emphasizing prehab rather than rehab.
Nutrition is the third most popular trend.
- Nutrition is vital, having the most significant impact on our overall health.
- 70 to 80 percent of a healthy lifestyle is related to diet, and people now are focusing more than ever on what they are consuming and how it affects their well-being.
- Vegan diets, vegetarianism, low carb diets, fasting technologies, and protein-rich diets are all growing.
Strength training is the fourth topic of interest.
- Building strength and muscle capacity is an essential aspect of every fitness and wellness program.
- Its popularity stems from the efficiency of the training and its benefits—increased sports performance, treatment and prevention of injuries, and improved physical appearance.
- Slow training uses machines or resistance equipment to work through various ranges of motion, and is key for older adults to maintain balance and quality of life.
- Even yoga has a focus on bodyweight training that improves strength.
Personal training is the fifth trend.
- The best personal trainers will offer a plan, accountability, education, and motivation. They will keep clients challenged and engaged to help see maximum results.
- Major shoutout to my fabulous trainer, David Luis at my local YMCA. He’s the best!
The number one thing I have learned over the last 20 years is that nothing impacts our experience with aging more than our health. It’s why staying fit is the most important thing we can do for ourselves – and why getting to the gym is a privilege, not a burden.