In the midst of this new year's resolutions, you feel it happening: The passion just a few short weeks ago to whip your body into shape is waning. You try to resist the temptation to throw in the towel. No, no, no! The voices in your head plead for you to push on while the noises in your knees say surrender. This common scenario is occurring in countless homes across America.
As fitness professionals, we're familiar with the dismal statistics associated with resolution success. It's predictable. Still, each year we wrack our brains to find something new. Heck, we'll even settle for a twisted version of something old if it will motivate people and change this discouraging outcome. So fitness industry experts lay out trends for the year based on surveys and their best guesses.
According to the American Council on Exercise, a worldwide nonprofit certifying agency, these are the kinds of exercise experiences it believes will be most likely to grab your attention and keep it in 2008.
Trends from 2007 that will remain popular include functional fitness training and balance training. These are focused on using tools such as the Bosu balls, stability balls, foam rollers, core poles, agility dots and versa discs - all of which were designed to challenge your balance during a workout.
Recognizing that traditional gym workouts are not for everyone, there is a movement out of the box. The hot television hit, "Dancing With the Stars," has convinced more than a few that they should be dancing, too. Ballroom, Latin, swing and country line dancing are hip-hopping people to better health.
Boot camps are more likely to be held outside this spring and summer and guarantee those who dare to enlist will leave in tiptop shape. Still, for some men and women, there is a temptation to step into a boxing ring and mix it up. Participants view these as personal challenges - some secretly hoping to learn just one sexy tango dance and others wanting to see if they can go the distance. (Note: Zumba is a hot, hot, hot, Latin-based dance class that has found its way into the traditional gyms.)
Body weight and equipment-free workouts are giving those who are intimidated by exercise equipment a no-excuse option. Offering strength, power and flexibility benefits, they concentrate on Plyometric work, full-body movement, interesting patterns and repetitions to integrate rather than isolate muscles.
Millions eager to improve their fitness level will seek out a social environment complete with a cause to energize them this year. Turns out, they prefer the focus to be on helping others while inadvertently helping themselves. Charity runs/walks and other noble fundraising events will generate serious commitments and dollars with amazing results for all. Look for an increase in this type of event to be organized in your area.