The American College of Sports Medicine has named wearable fitness trackers the top fitness trend for 2020. This is based on a recent survey conducted by the ACSM.
Among the more than 3,000 health and fitness professionals surveyed, most agreed that the trend of wearable technology would take centre stage in the first year of the new decade.
The survey’s participants were required to rate their top dog from 38 potential trends, which included other current popular fitness trends like high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and group training – these two trends have shown consistent growth in the annual survey over the past few years. The survey also noted an increased interest in fitness programmes for older adults, and in Exercise is Medicine®.
ACSM’s survey has been conducted annually for the past 14 years, and aims to advise members of the health and fitness industry in making accurate critical programming and business decisions.
ACSM Past President, lead author of the survey and associate dean in the College of Education and Human Development at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Dr Walter R. Thompson says that wearable tech has become the modern mainstay of fitness.
“Wearable tech has become ingrained in today’s culture, and the industry shows no signs of slowing down. Tech advances have made it easier than ever for users to collect important health metrics and work with fitness professionals and health care providers to improve exercise efficiency, develop healthy lifestyles, manage chronic diseases and, ultimately, increase quality of life,” said Thompson.
Millions of people around the world already use wearable fitness trackers and watches to monitor their heart rate, step count, calorie consumption, exercises and sleep quality. As this data becomes more and more important, both to the people it is collected about and to the fitness and medical specialists treating them, we should see the popularity of wearable fitness tech skyrocket even more in the future.