According to the Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2019, wearable technology is leading the way and will be virtually unavoidable in the years to come.
At the top of the list is Wearable Technology, which includes anything from fitness trackers and smartwatches to heart rate monitors and GPS tracking devices.
The worldwide survey results indicate just how much we love to measure our outcomes. We are monitoring heart rate and collecting other daily health metrics like sitting time, step count, calories, and so on. The data collected by wearable technology can be used to inform the user about crucial daily health metrics like physical activity. Wearables also encourage healthier lifestyle choices.
Why data matters
Whether it’s in your living room or embedded into your gym clothes, real-time data hopes to impact your day-to-day life. Many products are being developed with the mission to make tracking more meaningful. They provide an opportunity for us to incorporate tech-wearables into our daily routines quickly. They are actively making wearables a part of our lives can potentially improve interactions with personal trainers, doctors and other health care practitioners.
In 2017, a “smart pill” was released onto the market. This synthetic pill, which consists of pinhead-sized sensors, monitors various health indicators. These indicators include such as sleep, activity, respiration and heart rate — the human body powers the sensor, which periodically sends all of its data to a designated smartphone.
While wearable devices are certainly not for everyone – it is clear there is a big future for tech innovations in the health and fitness industry.
The other leading global fitness trends this year included:
1. Group training
2. High-intensity interval training
3. Fitness programs for older adults
4. Bodyweight training
5. Employing certified fitness professionals
7. Personal Training
8. Functional fitness training
9. Exercise as medicine
10. Health and wellness coaching
11. Exercise for weight loss
It was rather disappointing to see Outdoor Activities down at 17th on the list from it’s highest ranking of 12th in 2015. The trend for health and fitness professionals to offer outdoor activities such as group walks, group rides, or organised hiking groups for their clients began in 2010. At Hopewood we’ve been encouraging outdoor activity since 1960! We are keen to point out the extra wellness benefits of breathing the fresh air, being in touch with nature and feeling the earth beneath your feet while you are exercising.