Exercise Trends

Up-and-Coming Exercise Trends

Experts weigh in on what's new in the world of fitness.

By Colette Bouchez
WebMD Weight Loss Clinic - Feature

Reviewed By Louise Chang, MD

Our fascination with self-improvement shows no signs of waning, and there's no shortage of new exercise trends aimed at helping us meet our health goals. Watchers of fitness trends say the road to better health is paved with new possibilities -- along with some old ones that are poised to make a comeback.

According to experts, some of the exercise and diet trends that appear to be past their prime are:

  • High-impact aerobic workouts.
  • Expensive home gym equipment.

Health trends on the way up, they say, include:

  • Back-to-basics exercise plans.
  • Functional fitness.
  • Mind/body workouts.
  • The "buddy system" of working out.

Just the Basics

After nearly a decade of chasing high-tech fitness dreams, experts say, there's a movement back toward the basics for getting in shape.

"The high-tech stuff was great and everybody loves gadgets, but what ends up happening is it becomes a great place to hang your clothes," says Ken Locker, MA, ATC, a spokesman for the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA). "Everybody in America now has a little treadmill in the corner with clothes on it -- and now, there is a trend away from that, a trend back to basics."

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