One of the most popular brands for fitness trackers, Fitbit has released data that suggests a shift in workout trends in the USA. If you’re wondering about the credibility of their focus group, make note that the brand’s sales accounted for 50 percent of wearable devices in 2013 (that’s a large pool of people).

Their Activity Index collates fitness trends from four countries—US, UK, Australia and Canada. It is interesting to note that these were the fitness programs that gained the most traction in the last three years.

2014 2013 2012
PiYo CrossFit Couch To 5K
Barre T25 Bootcamp
BODYPUMP P90X Insanity

That said, there were four constants that held their own throughout the term—running, cycling, strength training elliptical, and yoga.

Let’s explore what the Activity Index says about fitness trends in America in terms of the favorite workout; top group classes; workouts hot with millennials; and exercises popular with men vis-a-vis women.

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A Workout That Was A Global Favorite

global fitness trend walking

A Workout That Was A Global Favorite: According to the survey, 70 percent users chose plain simple walking to get their fitness fix. It is generally recommended to walk 10,000 steps, but Dr Carol Ewing Garber, president of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), notes that fitness-walking guidelines of 10,000 steps per day may be too much for many. “About 7,500 steps may be more accurate,” she said, or at least 150 minutes of activity each week. If walking is your workout then keep your shoulders properly aligned with the rest of your body. Head and chin up, chest out, shoulders back, and butt and tummy clenched.

The Most Popular Group Activity

group fitness trend yoga

The Most Popular Group Activity: Working out in a group builds a support system and encourages you to show up every day. It seems people prefer to indulge in some yoga in a group setting. This might explain the rise of new contemporary forms like Broga and Fat Yoga, which thrive on the camaraderie of working towards the same goal. Couples yoga, too, is a great option. Make note that yoga for exercise helps release stress and lengthens the body, making you more flexible and building endurance.

The Millennials’ Workout

millennials dance fitness trend

The Millennials’ Workout: Those aged between 18 and 35 swapped traditional workouts for alternative and inventive ones such as boxing, hip hop, Zumba, aerobics, skiing, gardening and dancing. It would seem that millennials prefer intense cardio sessions that are fun, and help tone the body simultaneously. The American College of Sports Medicine believes bodyweight training, treadmill training, and recovery effects are other fitness trends worth watching out for.

Gender Divide

gender fitness trend

Gender Divide: In the US, men and women have a clear distinction in terms of the exercise programs they prefer. Women opt for group fitness classes that are based on Pilates and dance. Men, on the other hand, like indulging in sporting activities such as hockey, soccer, basketball and golf. This is a whole other kind of group dynamic that feeds their competitive side and gets that adrenaline pumping.

The GenXers’ Workout

genxers fitness trends

The GenXers’ Workout: Those aged between 35 and 55, men and women, prefer outdoor activities such as skiing, hiking, canoeing, gardening and ice skating. These activities promote functional training which is beneficial for the older lot. Supplemented by some fresh air and a great view, this age group is out and about for the whole package. Those above 55 tend to opt for low-impact exercise modes such as golf and walking; swimming is also a favorite among GenXers.

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