Fitness fads come and go. Remember Jane Fonda workout videos, step aerobics, and even the hula hoop? Now a new trend is coming to fitness, but this one is poised to remain on the scene for quite some time.

One booming market for M2M (machine-to-machine) technology is consumer wellness and fitness devices. According to ABI Research, www.abiresearch.com, the sports, fitness, and wellness market will leverage a range of short-range wireless protocols and M2M connectivity to enjoy a 46% compound annual growth rate from 2010 to 2016, reaching just under 80 million device sales in 2016.

ABI Research also says during the next five years, the adoption of wireless healthcare sensors will lag behind the market for consumer-driven sports, fitness, and wellness devices. This will happen for a variety of reasons, says ABI, including the fact that these devices aren’t subject to the same stringent oversight as devices designed to monitor peoples’ health.