Mar 18, 2024 - News

Exercising for longevity

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The heydays of HIIT (high-intensity interval training) and CrossFit are over. Low-impact workouts — particularly Pilates — are all the rage for American adults.

Why it matters: A growing number of exercisers are opting for movements that advance their day-to-day functioning and better protect them from injury, Axios' Carly Mallenbaum reports.

By the numbers: In Metro Detroit, Pilates ClassPass bookings increased 131.51% in 2023, compared with 2022, according to data shared with Axios.

The big picture: The surge in interest in workouts like Pilates has to do with a workout mindset shift.

  • Almost 29% of consumers say they exercise for a long and healthy life, compared with 20% the year before, according to survey data from exercise platform Mindbody.

What we're watching: "Functional fitness" is the workout buzzword of the moment.

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