Top Fitness Trends for 2017

World Health: Top Fitness Trends for 2017


The annual Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) revealed that Wearable Tech occupies the no. 1 fitness trend for 2017, followed by Body Weight Training and High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). Read on to find out what these trends are all about.


1. Wearable Technology

Wearable technology includes activity trackers, smart watches, heart rate monitors, smart eye glasses; and trending more recently are now smart fabrics and interactive textiles. With technology dominating nearly every aspect of our lives, this year sure offers a whole lot of tools that can help you stay on top form!


2. Body Weight Training

Body Weight Training is any form of exercising where your body weight is used as a form of resistance. Typically, this type of training involves minimal equipment, making it very practical and inexpensive – a reason for its popularity. Classic moves include push-ups, pull-ups and squats.


3. High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

HIIT is usually a 30 minute routine that involves short bursts of high-intensity exercise with short break periods. This form of exercise helps to burn calories fast; it can be found in different types of workouts and in gyms all around the world.


How much time should you spend exercising?

When it comes to physical health, whatever gets your heart pumping is great for your health, and you should be aiming at getting 210 minutes of physical activity per week – i.e. 30 minutes a day. Find our more in this video.

This article was featured in our Cigna Global magazine, Your Health Matters - Spring Edition 2017.