Wearable Tech is New Top Fitness Trend for 2019

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Annual industry survey predicts what you’ll see in fitness next year

Won’t leave home without your smart watch, fitness tracker or GPS tracking device? If so, you’re not alone. More consumers and health and fitness professionals are using technology to monitor heart rate and collect other daily health metrics. Not surprisingly, wearable technology is forecast as next year’s most popular trend in fitness according to more than 2,000 health and fitness pros surveyed by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).

“Technology is a must-have in our daily lives, and wearable tech can be an invaluable tool for those looking to get and stay physically active,” said Walter R. Thompson, Ph.D., FACSM, the lead author of the survey and associate dean in the College of Education & Human Development at Georgia State University in Atlanta. “We can easily monitor heart rate, count steps, track calories and create plans. The data collected by wearable technology can be used to inform the user and their health care team about important daily health metrics like physical activity, and it encourages healthier lifestyle choices.”

Besides its expanding popularity, wearable technology’s rise to the top trend for 2019 may have been fueled by manufacturers correcting monitoring inaccuracies in the past. Thompson is enthusiastic about the broad impact wearable tech can have across the population. “From teenagers to seniors, the growing number of people using wearable technology has never been higher,” said Thompson. “That means more and more people have fingertip access to tools and resources that can help them stay active and healthy.”

Now in its 13th year, the annual survey helps the health and fitness industry make critical programming and business decisions. The survey provided 39 potential trends to choose from, including possible new trends such as virtual reality, community interventionist, and Access Pass. None of the possible new trends made the top 20 list. The top 20 trends were ranked and published by ACSM. Notable trends include group training, which maintained the number two spot; the continued popularity of high-intensity interval training (HIIT); a growing emphasis on employing certified fitness professionals and increased interest in workplace health and wellness programs.

The top 10 fitness trends for 2019 are:

  1. Wearable Technology: Includes fitness trackers, smart watches, heart rate monitors and GPS tracking devices.
  2. Group Training: Group exercise instructors teach, lead and motivate individuals through intentionally designed, larger, in-person group movement classes (more than five participants). Group programs are designed to be motivational and effective for people at different fitness levels, with instructors using leadership techniques that help individuals achieve fitness goals.
  3. High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT): HIIT involves short bursts of activity followed by a short period of rest or recovery. Despite concerns expressed by some fitness professionals, these 30-minute or less sessions continue to be a popular form of exercise around the world.
  4. Fitness Programs for Older Adults: As Baby Boomers age into retirement, many health and fitness professionals are taking the time to create age-appropriate fitness programs to keep older adults healthy and active.
  5. Bodyweight Training: Bodyweight training uses minimal equipment, making it more affordable. Not limited to just push-ups and pull-ups, this trend allows people to get “back to the basics” with fitness.
  6. Employ Certified Fitness Professionals: Hiring health/fitness professionals certified through programs accredited by the NCCA is more important than ever. ACSM is one of the largest and most prestigious fitness-certification organizations in the world.
  7. Yoga: Based on ancient tradition, yoga utilizes a series of specific bodily postures practiced for health and relaxation. This includes Power Yoga, Yogalates, Bikram, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Kripalu, Anurara, Kundalini, Sivananda and others.
  8. Personal Training: With the growing emphasis on increased physical activity, more people are preparing for careers in allied health fields like personal training. Education, training and proper credentialing for personal trainers remain important to the health and fitness facilities that employ them.
  9. Functional Fitness Training: This trend focuses on strength training to improve balance and ease of daily living. Functional fitness and special fitness programs for older adults are closely related.
  10. Exercise is Medicine: This global health initiative by ACSM encourages health care providers to include physical activity assessment and associated referrals to certified fitness professionals in the community as part of every patient visit.

The full list of top 20 trends is available in the article “Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2019” published in the current issue of ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal®.

American College of Sports Medicine

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About NCSA – The largest and most successful athletic recruiting network

Dr. Charles Bush-Joseph and Steve Kashul talk with Debbie Garr, mother of NCSA student-athlete Erin Garr about the Garr family experience working with NSCA since January 2018 to help direct Erin’s athletic future.

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, NCSA is now the world’s largest and most successful college athletic recruiting network. With a network of 35,000 college coaches and more than 700 employees, NCSA assists student-athletes in 34 sports find their best path to college.

Bringing Process, Technology, and Passion to Recruiting

In 2000, NCSA became the first company to challenge the status quo and bring digital technology to the antiquated, paper-based recruiting world. The innovation did not stop there. A year before the creation of YouTube, NCSA was the first to offer online highlight video access to college coaches. New technology and data also helped create a recruit match system that helps athletes determine their best college options.

One of NCSA’s strengths has always been its strong relationship with the college coach community. It’s a level of trust that has been built over time and maintained with performance. Today, there are more than 35,000 college coaches in our network. But what really drives success for NCSA and its clients is the passionate team of former college coaches and athletes who use their firsthand knowledge and expertise to help athletes at every step in the recruiting process.Home

Since 2000, more than 100,000 NCSA clients have reported their commitment to a college team.

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Life Time Grand Opening Event November 27 in Northbrook IL

Life Time will soon open its doors to share the healthy way of life within your community. Be one of the first to join us.

Dr. Cole and Steve Kashul talk with Tim Kersten, General Manager for Life Time-Northbrook about the Grand Opening and tips about living a healthy & happy life.

Life Time, the nation’s only Healthy Way of Life brand, announced its expansion in greater Chicagoland with the Fall 2018 opening of Life Time Athletic Northbrook. The 86,000 square foot fitness, family recreation, spa and country club-style resort will offer a health experience unique to the area.

This is the company’s first new athletic club in the region in more than a decade. Once officially open, the $40 million destination will employ more than 200 individuals. A Preview Center is now available for prospective members to learn more about the healthy living, healthy aging and healthy entertainment experience for which the company is known.

Located on Skokie Boulevard just south of Dundee Road and I-94, the new Northbrook location will feature resort-like amenities as well as a broad array of highly personalized programs and services to help its members achieve their fitness goals, athletic aspirations and total health objectives.

It will feature the area’s most certified instructors and personal trainers leading new and unique classes, such as indoor cycle, yoga, barre and Pilates, in six boutique studios; LifeSpa, a full-service salon and spa providing six serene treatment rooms for facials and massages as well as hair and nail services. Click here to learn more>>>

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The National Parkinsons Foundation Moving Day Walk

Dr. Gregory Nicholson – from Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush- and Steve Kashul talk with Erica Hornthal, MA, LCPC, BC-DMT, about the power of dance therapy for Parkinson’s Patients and the October National Parkinson’s Foundation Moving Day Walk.

Why move for Moving Day? Get out and move with your community. Every dollar raised supports the Parkinson’s Foundation mission to make life better for people affected by Parkinson’s disease (PD). At Moving Day walks across the country, we’re fighting Parkinson’s and celebrating movement — proven to help manage Parkinson’s symptoms — and we’re doing it together. #Move4PD

Funds raised through Moving Day support the Parkinson’s Foundation mission by:

  • Delivering quality care to more than 127,000 people living with Parkinson’s
  • Funding cutting-edge research to improve treatments and advance toward a cure
  • Providing free resources for people living with Parkinson’s and their families

Since 2011, Moving Day events across the country have gathered more than 116,000 participants and raised more than $17 million to improve care and advance research toward a cure.

What happens at Moving Day? Moving Day, A Walk for Parkinson’s, is a fun and inspiring annual fundraising event hosted by the Parkinson’s Foundation across the country. Moving Day unites families, friends and communities in the fight against Parkinson’s disease. This celebration of movement features a family friendly walk course, a kids’ area, a caregivers’ relaxation tent and a special Movement Pavilion with yoga, dance, Tai Chi, Pilates and other activities — all proven to help manage Parkinson’s symptoms.

Who do you move for? LEARN MORE

MOVING DAY CHICAGO SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2018 – REGISTER

Erica Hornthal is a licensed professional clinical counselor and board certified dance/movement therapist. She received her MA in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling from Columbia College Chicago and her BS in psychology from University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana.  Erica is the founder and president of North Shore Dance Therapy and Chicago Dance Therapy.

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