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[GET A MOVE ON] Wearable tech tops fitness trends for 2024

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has just released its survey  on the top fitness trends for 2024, based on input gathered from 2,000 clinicians, researchers and practitioners in the fitness industry. The goal is to provide input on fitness trends as opposed to “fads” that have little or no impact on the industry.

Wearable technology hasn’t left the top three trends since 2016 and holds the number one spot for 2024, according to ACSM. Devices such as smart watches, fitness trackers and heart rate monitors can include real-time information about pulse, step counts and sleep – thus providing exercise professionals the opportunity to tailor programs for their clients. Wearables being named the top trend in 2024 may also suggest increased interest in using these tools for community connection and social support.

The number 2 fitness trend for 2024 is worksite health promotion, which entered the top 10 for the first time. ACSM sees a correlation between employees getting back to the office post-pandemic and the development of work-related programs and perks that increase employee wellness.

The number three trend, fitness programs for older adults, was number 9 in 2021, number 11 in 2022, then moved up to the number 4 slot in 2023 and number 3 in 2024. Roughly 27% of adults ages 65 and older live independently, and regular physical activity is key to helping them remain healthy and independent.

Here are the top 10 trends for 2024:

1. Wearable technology

2.  Worksite health promotion (first time in the top 10)

4. Fitness programs for older adults

5. Exercise for weight loss

6. Employing certified health and fitness professionals

7. Mobile exercise apps (first time in the top 10)

8. Exercise for mental health. Improving mental well-being through physical activity. (first time in the top 10)

9. Youth athletic development. Engaging young people in sports and related activities. (first time in the top 10)

10. Personal training


To access the full list of top-20 trends, click here

Additional details and resources are also available at www.acsm.org/trends

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