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2013’s Fitness Forecast: What you can expect to see

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Getting fit and healthy is still important heading into 2013.  Investments in one’s body are some the best that can be made as getting fitter leads to better overall health, especially in the long-term.  With the economy still down and many people still scraping by, it may be a surprise to find that this isn’t stopping people from getting moving (in fact, the US Department of Labor has projected that jobs for certified and experienced fitness professionals will see a faster rise than all other categories).   However, people will get creative with getting fit on the cheap.

Whether you are new to the exercise game or a seasoned gym-goer, knowing the fitness tends to look out for can help you jump in and get going.  What can we look out for in 2013?

Strength training – from tv shows on wellness to women’s mags to your own personal doctor, it’s nearly impossible to turn around without hearing about the benefits of strength training.  As people tend to lose muscle mass as they age, incorporating strength training is a great way to prevent this from happening.  Lifting weights won’t automatically turn you into a body builder nor will it make women look bulky.  Instead, it will help burn consistently more calories throughout the day and keep a person’s body mass index down.

The charge against obesity – Americans as a whole are bigger than ever before.  With obesity comes countless health problems that are infinite times worse and more serious for children than adults. The increase in technology has created many benfits for society but it has also created a sedentary lifestyle that is commonplace.  Expect to see schools up their physical activity offering to students in an effort to get kids active.  When healthy habits are instituted early, they are more likely to stick into adulthood and make a healthier person overall.

Functional training and body-weight training – both of these (which the first using strength training to improve balance and coordination needed in daily life and the latter using your body weight to improve strength and conditioning) are cheap and can be done in or out of the gym.  As their results are easy to see and incorporate.  For those on a budget or the unmotivated, this option is especially appealing.

Personal training – by investing in the help of an educated professional, many people are able to understand what methods off exercise will work best for them and how to use the gym correctly.  Not only will this help prevent injury, it will help a person stick to their fitness goals and maintain a healthy lifestyle.  Furthermore, many trainers are beginning to offer group rates.  This allows people to utilize professionals at a cheaper rate and hang with their friends and family in a healthful setting.

Fitness programs for older adults – the baby boomers are the biggest age group in the country and they have no plans on slowing down.  By taking part in age-appropriate programs, they are ensuring that they will be around for many more years and that their golden years will be adventurous instead of filled with health ailments.  Many conditions that come with old age can be prevented or delayed by instituting an exercise regimen and it can be expected for health clubs and doctors to encourage this demographic to get up and get going.

With 2013’s fitness trends casting a far and wide net, there is a program for everyone.  By finding a program that works, no matter age or budget, a person can find a more healthful and enjoyable lifestyle that lasts for years to come.

By Alexandra Morbitzer @FitLatina

About Adriana Villavicencio

Dr. Adriana Villavicencio is the youngest child of Ecuadorian immigrants. She has moved 29 times in her life, taking her on a journey from California to Bangalore, India, and New York City, where she recently earned a Ph.D. in Education Leadership and works as a Research Associate at New York University. An avid traveler, Adriana has collected experiences in four different continents and 16 different countries. But as a former high school English teacher, some of her fondest memories are those of her brilliant and brilliantly funny students in Brooklyn and Oakland. Adriana has contributed to several publications including the Daily News and, and is a managing editor for the Journal of Equity in Education. She earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in English Education at Columbia University, and currently serves on the board of Columbia’s Latino Alumni Association (LAACU). She enjoys scary movies with red vines, Sauvignon Blanc, and her Maltese dog, Napoleon.

To learn more about Adriana’s education consulting company, please visit

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be understood to be shared by Being Latino, Inc.


  1. Don’t forget to add YOGA to the mix! you ca find awesome videos on you tube. (some not so good too!) A zillion reasons to start moving.. :)

  2. Damn Straight!! Dont forget you can start yoga FREE by watching some good videos.. (Shameless plus but a great way to get you moving!!!)

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