ACE PREDICTS TOP TRENDS FOR 2003

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The American Council on Exercise (ACE) has released its 2003 predications. An increasing focus on mind-body programming and gentler forms of exercise bodes means the spa and fitness industries are moving closer together.

- "Active relaxation" is on the rise, featuring exercise programs that promote better sleep, longevity, reduced stress, increased energy, and an overall sense of well-being.

- Pilates will continue to grow as one of the of the nations most popular fitness trends.

- More and more fitness classes will focus on core strength workouts to achieve balance and stability.

- Exercise will increasingly become a family affair. Activities that each member of the family can enjoy, regardless of age and fitness level, will be popular.

- Corporations will continue to urge employees to participate in wellness programs. The growing epidemic of obesity and stress-related disorders among Americans is costing companies billions. Employers who offer wellness programs and incentives reduce healthcare costs, absenteeism, and turnover, and improve job performance and morale.