We help separate the health from the hype
No matter who you are or what your age is, it’s important to have a health and fitness plan to keep you looking good, feeling good and in the best health possible. But what’s a sound healthy practice and what’s just a hot new trend? It’s important to be able to tell the difference between something that’s well-researched and has actual health benefits and something that’s just popular and could, in fact, be potentially harmful to you. That’s why, for this blog, we’ll be taking a look at some emerging and already popular health and fitness trends that are genuinely beneficial and promote healthy living.
What’s big and new for a healthier you
1. Weight loss is no longer a numbers game. More and more, people are viewing working out and getting fit as less about losing weight and tracking numbers and more to feel stronger and improve general wellness. Rather than setting an arbitrary weight goal to aspire to that can at times, add anxiety and make someone feel worse about themselves, people are of the mindset that they want to look and feel better and embrace the mental wellness that comes with regular exercise.
2. Get in the pool…and on a bike? Yup, you read that right. Poolbiking, that is, stationary biking submerged in a pool, is on the rise and combines the best of both exercises: resistance in water is 12 times higher than on land, which makes for a more intense workout, and working out in the water is actually a lot easier on your joints. It’s a full-body resistance workout that comes with added bonus of being able to slide off the bike and into the water for a nice cool-down.
3. Make time for mindfulness. Meditation, long known to be a beneficial activity for body and mind is becoming more of a mainstream activity, to the point where there are meditation classes and events for large groups of people. It can now be a social activity where groups of people gather and practice some mindfulness together in parks, studios and more. Now there’s no excuse for setting aside some time for your mind.
4. Get back to food basics. Good news: fad diets, which have always been suspect at best and dangerous at worst, are on the outs. Instead of going for processed diet food products, people are opting for minimally processed whole foods, with a focus on moderation. Rather than eating microwaveable diet meals, people are signing up for services like Blue Apron, which delivers a box of ingredients to you and allows you to put the meals together yourself.
5. Parkour! Parkour, or free-running as it is sometimes called, is by no means a new activity. But where it once was only a sport for the acrobatic thrill-seeker, you can now find parkour exercise classes welcoming beginner skill levels and people looking for more of a freestyle kind of workout. With parkour, both body and mind break a sweat, as it teaches you to be mentally one step ahead of yourself – after all, if you’re not already calculating where your next step will be, you’re liable to land face-first on the ground.
Remember, everyone’s bodies are different, and that’s why it’s important to always research a fitness or wellness trend or activity yourself before deciding whether to take part in it. Learn more about these new and popular health trends and activities and see if one is right for you and will get you looking good and feeling even better.