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Exercise trends to look for in 2010

Where is fitness going in 2010? Well, people want to sweat, get it done quickly and not spend a lot of money.

The American Council on Exercise announced fitness trends for 2010 based on an annual survey of personal trainers, group fitness experts and others.

Here is some of what they say to look for:

The key words are "unique" and "efficient."

"We understand that people are busier than ever and will look for workouts that offer the results they seek while fitting within their already jam-packed schedules," said the council's Cedric X. Bryant.

So, according to council, look for:

1. COST-CONSCIOUS WORKOUTS Both at fitness clubs and at home. The impact of the economy continues to affect the choices of fitness enthusiasts and health clubs alike.

2. GROUP TRAINING Individuals will scale back on personal training sessions to take advantage of small-group training and group class participation.

3. TIME-EFFICIENT WORKOUTS Shorter yet higher-intensity workouts will be more appealing to those with busy schedules. That's why boot-camp-style workouts will continue to be one of the most popular of these trends in 2010, offering the ability to burn plenty of calories while simultaneously improving muscular fitness.

4. 'EXERGAMING' Exergames will continue to climb in popularity and be taken to the next level: fitness clubs. By integrating fitness-based video games into their programming, clubs will offer exercise sessions for game-lovers and those looking for variety within their workouts.

5. BOOMER-SPECIFIC PROGRAMS Growing numbers of baby boomers recognize the multitude of benefits that come along with regular exercise, from lowering blood pressure and cholesterol to maintaining functional independence and overall well-being.

6. SPECIALTY EXERCISE CLASSES Specialty classes such as ethnic dance, hooping, pole dancing and Zumba are fueled by the continued success of television shows like "Dancing With the Stars" and "So You Think You Can Dance."

7. FITNESS TRAINING TOOLS Some popular examples of tracking gadgets include GoWear fit, Fitbit and heart-rate monitor watches; online tools such as TrainingPeaks software offer fitness and meal plans that people can access 24-7.

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