The year 2015 is on the way out. In 2016, we welcome new and exciting changes in the health and fitness industries. We think 2016 will be remembered as a year when the way we approach health and fitness is reinvented.
Here are a few trends that will gain popularity in 2016.
- Wearable Watches – The Apple Watch was introduced in 2015 and it took off with a slower start than predicted. But 2016 may be the year it picks up momentum as more and more phone apps are integrating with the watch. These apps and other features of the Apple Watch are going to change the way people look at health and fitness. Apple isn’t the only watch on the market that is geared towards fitness techies. More options will be available and they’ll be improvements of each predecessor. Even if you avoided a smart watch, you might just want one next year.
- Baby Boomer Fitness – As demographics change in America, more people over the age of 55 are looking for ways to stay healthy and fit. Rebel Desk was interviewed earlier this year on PBS NewsHour on baby boomer tech start-ups and found an astounding amount of companies geared towards assisting in health and wellness of senior citizens. With 77 million baby boomers in America, expect to see more fitness classes geared to the 50+ crowd.
- Fitness trackers- While similar to watch technology, fitness tracker bands like JawBone and FitBit continue to grow their reach. With New Year’s resolutions around the corner, people are making health and wellness a top goal. It’s easy to keep yourself motivated while being able to sync your stats with friends, coworkers, and personal trainers. We wouldn’t be surprised if goals are achieved at higher rates by people who use them than those who don’t.
- Treadmill Desks- We’re not tooting our own horns when we say that treadmill desk growth will continue in 2016. As treadmill desks become a staple in offices around the country, more people will get to see them, try them out, and fall in love with a new way of working. As the research on why sitting is dangerous continues to mount, more people are looking for alternatives to a day in the desk chair. We’ve seen offices continue adding more to their treadmill desk fleet because more of their employees are using them, and maybe even fighting over their spot during the day.
- Online Fitness Professionals- You can probably name a few fitness trainers off the top of your head just because of their online presence. For us, it’s fitness experts Ben GreenField and Lisa Reed. With social media taking over, we’re getting to know more individual pros better than ever before. Gone are the days that you need to purchase a DVD for an at home exercise course. Instead, following your favorites on Instagram has become the norm. We bet that presence will keep growing and a new way to exercise will be reinvented thanks to these tech savvy pro’s.
Reinventing health and fitness for the New Year will be interesting to watch. We’re excited for the changes coming in 2016, and look forward to the growing treadmill desk fan base. Reinventing the way to work as times change and there’s nothing we would rather be a part of more!
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