Business View Magazine | Volume 9, Issue 1

13 BUSINESS VIEW MAGAZINE VOLUME 9, ISSUE 1 WEARABLE TECHNOLOGY NAMED TOP FITNESS TREND FOR 2022 ACSM annual forecast, 4,500 health and fitness pros predict what you’ll see in fitness E xercise does a body good. So does sleep. Research shows both contribute to a healthy immune system, which is critical in the ongoing battle with COVID-19. With more people turning to their smartwatch or fitness tracker to monitor exercise and sleep quality, it’s not surprising that 4,500 health and fitness pros surveyed by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) identified wearable tech as the new top trend in fitness for 2022. ACSM released the survey results today in the article “ Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2022 , ” published in the January/February issue of ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal®. In its 16th year, ACSM’s annual survey helps the fitness industry make programming and business decisions that affect consumers. This year’s survey assessed 43 potential trends. Of note, home exercise gyms debuted at No. 2, and outdoor exercise moved to No. 3. High-intensity interval training (HIIT) dropped to No. 7 and online training, now online live and on-demand exercise classes, dropped to No. 9 (No. 1 in 2021). Top 10 fitness trends for 2022: Wearable Technology: Fitness trackers, smart watches and heart rate monitors that track exercise, heart rate, calories, sitting and sleep time, blood pressure and respiratory rate. OPENING L INES