Thursday, December 2, 2010

Worldwide fitness trends for 2011

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has just released its findings from their 2011 worldwide fitness trends survey and one of the most notable changes has been the rise in “fitness programs for older adults” to the number 2 position. The values of educated and experienced fitness professionals as well as the concern over children and obesity continue to be in the top 5, however, it is interesting that the focus on fitness for older adults is attracting so much attention. As the population is aging it is important to encourage healthy lifestyles for older adults. We are often told of the necessity to get children active, to break the sedentary trend; however we need to also provide programs and encouragement for all adults to be active. The health benefits associated with physical activity are universal whether with children or adults.

Top 10 Worldwide Fitness Trends for 2011
  1. Educated and experienced fitness professionals
  2. Fitness programs for older adults
  3. Strength training
  4. Children and obesity
  5. Personal training
  6. Core training
  7. Exercise and weight loss
  8. Boot camp
  9. Functional fitness
  10. Physician referrals

References from the SIRC Collection:
Thompson, Walter R. (2010). Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2011. ACSM’s health & fitness journal, 14(6), 8-17.

Canada’s Physical Activity Guide to Healthy Active Living for Older Adults

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