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In a previous post, I mentioned that adults in the U.S. are not meeting the benchmarks for aerobic and strength training set by the CDC. According the American College of Sports Medicine though, there is reason to be hopeful about a change in those numbers. In their predicted fitness trends for 2013, strength training and body-weight training ranked #2 and #3 as upcoming trends. The #1 slot went to certified fitness professionals. One of the reasons for this trend is the emphasis on functional fitness and functional strength. People used to think, as Seinfeld has said, that “The only reason that you’re getting in shape is that so you can get through the workout.” People are now realizing that the reasons for exercise go far beyond being able to get through that hour or so at the gym. There are buses to catch, children and grandchildren to pick up, groceries to cart in, and many other daily activities which will be easier and more pleasant to carry out when regular exercise is part of life. Not to mention the long list of other benefits of regular exercise: improved sleep, weight maintenance, a stronger immune system, and better response to stress, among others (more reasons here). After long last, people are starting to get on the strength training bandwagon. And as word spreads about how regular strength training can change and improve lives, hopefully the weight rooms at the local gyms will be used by more people – until they get crowded, then we will need bigger gyms. Won’t that be a great problem to have?

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