Next Gen Life - eMagazine Sept 2019 - Page 23

8: Personal Training
10: Exercise is Medicine
This trend continues as the profession of
personal training becomes more accessible
online, in health clubs, in the home, and in
worksites that have fitness facilities. Personal
training includes fitness testing and goal
setting with the trainer working one on one
with a client to prescribe workouts specific to
each client’s individual needs and goals. Since
this survey was first published in 2006,
personal training has been a top 10 trend.
Exercise is Medicine (EIM) is a global health
initiative that is focused on encouraging
primary care physicians and other health care
providers to include physical activity
assessment and associated treatment
recommendations as part of every patient visit,
and referring their patients to exercise
professionals. In addition, EIM recognizes
fitness professionals as part of the health care
team in their local communities. EIM was the
#7 trend in 2017 and #12 for 2018.
9: Functional Fitness Training
This is a trend toward using strength training
and other activities/movements to improve
balance, coordination, strength, and
endurance to improve activities of daily living.
Replicating actual physical activities someone
might do as a function of their daily routine,
functional fitness first appeared on the survey
in the #4 position in 2007 but fell to #8 in 2008
and #11 in 2009. It reappeared in the top 10
for 2010 at #7 and in 2011 at #9. In 2012,
functional fitness was #10 and in 2013 and
2014 it was #8, #9 for 2015, #7 in 2016, #12 in
2017, and #10 for 2018. Some of the survey
respondents said they typically pair functional
fitness with fitness programs for older adults
(see trend #4) depending on the needs of the
client. Functional fitness also is used in clinical
programs to replicate activities done around
the home.


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