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What Does Your Fitness Future Hold? Two Troublesome Trends from IDEA

Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA

IDEA World 2014 and KymberlyWhat’s in your wallet fitness future? What fun fit facts and trends did Alexandra and I pick up at the recent IDEA World Convention for fitness professionals that might affect your active life?

Uh oh, but the two biggest trends don’t bode well for midlifers.

Hurts so Good Bad

1)  Trend one was the focus on dealing with chronic pain.

We baby boomers are the first generation to grow up with exercise as part of our post high school curriculum. Our parents did not transition from youth to adulthood expecting to work out the rest of their lives. (I’m talking national averages here as I don’t know YOUR parents, of course). With our years of continuous movement comes a toll: aches and pains — yes, I did teach up to 20 high impact classes per week back when I was young and immortal.

20140814 IDEA Anaheim Copyright 2014 Len  Spoden Photography.

IDEA Trade Show Shows Off!

In Implementing Anti-Aging Solutions Into Fitness, session leader, Sue Hitzmann asked participants “who suffers from chronic pains that limit your life?”  Out of 200 fitness pros, at least 195 of them raised their hands, myself included. And that’s a group that knows how to move with good form and body awareness. Youch and ouch! Apparently this high percentage of injury sufferers is the new norm, especially for the over 50 crowd.

You can believe that the companies at the IDEA trade show know this, as there were a lot of booths devoted to pain relief. Whether via creams, programs, massages, electrical stimulation, rollers, supplements, or mind/body techniques, the services and products addressing pain were in dramatic ascendancy! So you could say this is a good trend, insofar as solutions are out there. (Yes, I searched for the magic wand for better knee joints, but heard it was on aisle 245 ¾, which I never found.)

lank on a plank at Rancho la Puerta

Moves I want to do: Plank on a plank.

Fitness for the Fit

2) The second trend that whumped me upside the head is the return to fitness programs for the fit.

As Alexandra alluded to in her post, about feeling invisible as she ages hard core is in! “Go Hard or Go Home” is the new mantra. Oooommm, OMG! If you want me to do high impact moves, you’d better be ready to wipe up more than my sweat. (insert incontinence ad here). Back in the 80s and 90s, a common excuse for avoiding the gym was “I have to get in shape before I can head to the gym.” We have come so far since then. Let’s not return, but look ahead at how much tailored movement can help our midlife bodies and minds. Much as I’d love to go back to the future and bring back my younger body all gift wrapped and shiny, it ain’t a gonna happen. I love to work with purpose and to sweat puddles and oodles (I think those words combine to make sweaty poodles: Rough Ruff are you Tough Enough??!)  But if you look again at Trend #1, workouts based on More, Harder, Faster, Louder, Sharper, Barfier actually hurt.

I want to be able to do this: Kymberly hanging from atch at R la PWithout feeling as though I landed in this:

Ranch cactus

Turn the (Heart) Beat Around; Got to Avoid Concussion

Ya feel me? Fortunately fitness professionals are creative and dedicated. They (maybe my sis and I??)  will find more solutions for baby boomers who want to move energetically, work out intently, and age actively. We know it’s possible to do so while increasing body comfort, not adding to our dis-ease . Gravity has its benefits, just not on my joints and face. Am I right? Don’t drop down and give me 100. Stay up! Do what you enjoy and can sustain for your enlivened future!

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Readers: What is your least favorite or most painful exercise?  What trend(s) do you see in the fitness industry? What crazy move do you want to try?



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Get practical exercise advice, your fitness questions answered, and cutting edge health edu-tainment that is accessible and doable from long time fitness experts, Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA. We have taught on land, sea, and airwaves for 3 decades on 4 continents. From writing to speaking, emceeing to hosting a radio show, reviewing products to teaching classes, we believe that little steps turn into big paths. Move a little more than the day before. FitFluential Ambassadors and award-winners both online and off.

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12 Responses to What Does Your Fitness Future Hold? Two Troublesome Trends from IDEA

  1. Anna September 4, 2014 at 7:45 am #

    I may not be a boomer, but I have my fair share of chronic pain – the side effects of working in retail for nearly 15 years…jacked up feet, wacky arm, etc.

    I’d have to say that any exercise that puts a lot of pressure on my feet – like running – I’m not a fan.

    Despite all the hardcore trends in the exercise world, I’m content with keeping pilates at the core (pun intended) of my exercise routine. I enjoy it and see the benefits of consistency with this workout.

    After many years of paying for the gym and not going, I’ve found something that works for me that I’ve been able to commit to. I know my lane and I’m staying in it! Haha.

    :) Anna
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  2. Tamara September 4, 2014 at 3:14 pm #

    Both of these trends make me sad. And leave me wondering if #1 could be related to #2…
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  3. Jody - Fit at 56 September 4, 2014 at 3:32 pm #

    I’m with Tamara!!! Thx for always keeping the pulse on things!!!
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  4. Mary September 4, 2014 at 6:30 pm #

    I think I will stay with what I’m doing, Pilates! I tend to not usually go with the trends, but I like to know whats going on. Thanks.

  5. Aileen September 4, 2014 at 9:53 pm #

    I have been saying it for years…intensity is great, but more and more is not better!!! LOVE YOU FOR WRITING THIS. The industry is nuts and it will swing the other way when injuries run rampant, and ampy drinks make everyone sick!

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  6. Pamela Hernandez September 5, 2014 at 4:18 am #

    I noticed all the pain management stuff as well. It was a bit disconcerting. I’m with you, I want to be fit and feel good in the process.
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  7. Carol Cassara September 7, 2014 at 8:06 am #

    A good trainer who knows how to deal with the aging body–and chronic pain– has been a lifesaver for me
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  8. bodynsoil September 8, 2014 at 3:14 am #

    I’ve been lucky that I don’t have chronic pain, I’m in the remains fit group. However, I’d like to work with people that struggle and would love to give them a new lease on life.
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  9. Lena September 11, 2014 at 8:13 am #

    I can’t find anything,which could sustain for my future? My work is every day go to university,then go home. I also have problem with my weight,it’s really bored!

  10. linda honsberger October 9, 2014 at 10:51 am #

    trend number 2 is absurd. there’s a reason why our senior classes are so popular.

  11. linda honsberger October 9, 2014 at 10:53 am #

    i”ll stick with trend number 2


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