With a new year come new predictions. From fit to fads, the trends are rolling in. Whether you’re striving to get in shape, keep up with the latest technology, or learn more about what we put in our bodies, there are plenty of new waves to ride. 2012 might not have been the year of the Mayans prediction, but it was the year of hot yoga, CrossFit, and going organic. Thankfully another year has come, and brought with it a new batch of projected evolutions. Read on for a few of the top trends of 2013.
Just as a new dialogue has formed in recent years around trans fats, preservatives and organic foods, expect to see GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) become a part of the national conversation in 2013. A legal battle in California last year has already raised awareness and primed the pump for continued (and heated) discussion next year over food labeling obligations.
Juice It Up
Health experts have looked to fresh juice for years to revitalize and restore the body’s nutrients and vitamins. Now, juicers are available for home and industrial use, making it even easier to access the super-food level of nutrition that you can take on the road.
Gluten Free (is it right for me?)
Diagnoses are on the rise for gluten allergies around the world, and limiting intake to gluten has produced some terrific, highly-publicized results. World No. 1 tennis player Novak Djokavic famously cut gluten from his diet and his energy level seemed to get an immediate boost. But when you’re playing one of the longest finals matches in history against one of the most physical players the world has ever seen, you need to be in amazing shape to win, right?
They’re Here to Pump You Up
Coupons to gyms, personal trainers
Nothing motivates quite like personal interaction and accountability, and that’s the consensus within the fitness world as well. Whether it’s one-on-one training or small group classes, personal training is on the rise and looks to maintain that trend. In addition to the Hans and Frans style trainers for the weight room, specialty training is experiencing a boom. Yoga and pilates studios are a common site in shopping centers, while other specialties are quickly growing as well. Look for crossfit, core and P90X style studios near you soon.
Lift Weight to Lose Weight
A big part of most people’s fitness plan is to lose weight, and many health professionals agree that strength training with weights is a great way to shed some extra pounds. On a calorie per minute basis, it’s far more efficient than cardiovascular only. When beginning a new strength training program, it’s absolutely necessary to understand the proper technique for your exercise so you don’t hurt yourself in any way.
Yep, There’s an App for That
New apps are being created all the time for ways to track and manage your diet, become your own personal trainer or even get instruction from your mobile device. Some of the most popular apps combine elements of both dietary and exercise programs to keep you on track towards your personal goals.
With so many trends rolling in, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by which bandwagon to jump on. The most important thing to remember is to choose what works best for you and your lifestyle. Have fun with the possibilities, and keep the pressure off. Apps come and go, and evolve, at an increasing rate. Fitness regimes are forever changing, and there is no end-all be-all diet. Use the apps that help you, tailor your diet and workout for a happy mind and strong body, and most of all, have fun! Remember, these (potential) fads are the perfect playground for experiencing something new.