ACE announces fitness trends for 2010 – exergaming FTW!

The American Council on Exercise has released their annual list of fitness trends for the coming year, and not surprisingly, exergaming is prominently listed:

  • Exergaming: Exergames will continue to climb in popularity and be taken to the next level: fitness clubs. By integrating fitness-based video games into their programming, clubs will offer unique exercise sessions for game-lovers and those looking for variety within their workouts. Studies conducted by ACE on exergaming-type systems, including Nintendo’s Wii Sports and Wii Fit and the PC-based Dancetown, offer insight into the true fitness benefits associated with these alternative fitness options.

I bolded the last part because it’s a bit of a re-spin on a study they released a few weeks ago.  In the study, they called Wii Fit “underwhelming” in terms of calorie burn, which appears to be the only thing they measured.  Perhaps (after seeing reactions from some exergaming fans?) they now realize that exergaming benefits your strength, flexibility, mentality and overall health, not just calorie burn.

Overall, I like this list better than prior ACE year-end lists.  Not just because exergaming is included, but it also recognizes tech trends from iPhone apps to GoWearFit, plus fun activities like hooping, TRX and dance.  While the word “fun” doesn’t appear (except as part of “functional”) the overall theme of the list is having fun, being social and finding joy in movement – a trend that I hope continues well beyond 2010!

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Posted on December 2, 2009, in Exergames in the news, Just sayin' and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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