The good news: employee wellness is one of the key trends.
The overarching theme for 2009 is everyday fitness. Nearly all the anticipated trends focus on staying in touch with your body, from Functional Fitness (number 11), a trend toward prepping the body for running to the bus or lifting groceries (sad commentary on all us couch potatoes) to Balance Training (number 10), in which people stand on wobble boards.
But ACSM sees a trend in employee wellness and workplace exercise. Comprehensive health promotion (number 12) is a trend toward workplace programs that evaluate work site fitness for health, cost and productivity. Worker incentive programs (number 14) is up from number 19 this year, and number 17 last year.The group also keys in on several trends related to fitness of Baby Boomers--who make up the most important audience for most corporate wellness programs. The Baby Boomer trends (numbers 4, 5, 6, 7, 8) are low-impact strength and core training. Baby Boomers have no intention of aging, apparently, and working the weight room and building abdominal strength are the current elixir of youth.
The ACSM is predicting a greater interest in Pilates and strength training classes next year.
"The directive to bring health and fitness to the masses worldwide is overwhelming," writes lead author Walter R. Thompson, Ph.D., FACSM, FAACVPR.
Read the report to see how your company might tailor its fitness offerings for the coming year.