Future Of Fitness Lies In Wellness
• EXERCISE TRENDS, like fashion, change from time to time. And if the American Council on Exercise, a highly regarded non-profit organization promoting the benefits of physical activity and protecting consumers against unsafe and ineffective fitness products and instruction, is to be believed, certain expected and certain more drastic changes will be taking place in people's exercising patterns. We list them below.
• Active relaxation is on the rise. Gentler forms of exercise that promote sleep, longevity, increased energy and an overall sense of wellbeing will compete with traditional strength, weight loss and other forms of exercise promote, according to ACE. Holistic exercise routines like meditation and yoga will gain in popularity.
• ACE also suggests that awareness about the importance of strength training will increase among the ageing population. So, it should be able to reduce instances of osteoporosis, cholesterol and high blood sugar. However, "instructors need special training before they start guiding senior citizens. Otherwise, it do more harm than good," feels ACE-certified trainer Anwar Wahab.
• More and more fitness classes will focus on core strength workouts. To achieve balance, strength and stability of the core (the body's centre of power), exercise classes that utilise equipment like stability balls should draw more people. Training the muscles of the core may also help correct postural imbalances that can lead to injuries.
• The trends also indicate that sport-specific training will be the order of the day. ACE says, "As the number of marathon runners, tennis players and other athletes increases, so does the importance of sport-specific training.... A sport-specific training programme involves focusing on the specific skills associated with an activity (e.g., tennis players strengthening the rotator cuff muscles to improve their serve), while improving cardio respiratory endurance, muscle strength and flexibility".
More people may opt for on-line personal training, as it saves money and time, overcomes barriers to facility access and helps encourage individuals to stay active. Many of these programmes offer practical tips on exercise, one-on-one fitness consultations with certified fitness professionals and pro L vide portable exercise tools that help individuals incorporate fitness into their busy schedules. But Wahab feels that "on-line training is not as effective as personal contact with a certified fitness professional".
There are two other key predictions — exercises will increasingly become a family affair and companies will encourage employees to work out and keep fit. Given the rising graph of childhood obesity, more and more parents will encourage children to become physically active. As for why corporations will take this step, it has been seen that employers who offer such programmes benefit from reduced healthcare costs, absenteeism, injury rates. turnover,mproved productivity. and morale.