Written by Sophie Whetnall
Health, Exercise And Lifestyle Trends
There have been many new trends over the past few years from the Acai Berry, to the teatox diet and squat challenge. If it’s new trends you like to follow then you must of tried or heard at least one of the following, if not and you’re trying to shed the last few pounds or want to improve your health you may want to check out these top 10 health and exercise trends for 2016.
1. Wearable Technology
Wear it, track it, achieve it!
Wearable technology is all the range at the moment. These tracking devices monitor many aspects of your daily routine including: steps taken, heart rate, calories burnt and even your sleep cycle helping you get more out of your workout and help set daily goals. The latest smart watches (Fitbit, Mii fit, Garmin and Apple watch), Global Positioning Software (GPS), trackers (Catapult) and heart rate monitors (Polar) encourage zone training and are linked to apps on hand held devices to track your progress on the move. The increase in demand for sporting device is making them more affordable broadening the use from elite individuals to the gym novice.
2. Body Weight Training
Tried and tested – Back to basics training!
Functional fitness using body weighted exercises for just 20 minutes a day has been shown to improve health, aid weight loss and even improve your mood. With correct form and posture completing classic exercises; push ups, pull ups and squats burn extra calories and tone muscles. These exercises can be completed anywhere, any time and even whilst multitasking; on the phone, during the adverts of your favourite soap or when playing with the kids.
3. Aloe Vera Cleanse
Top of the list in celebrity cleanses!
Aloe Vera has been claimed to promote rapid weight loss and is used in the food, beauty and pharmaceutical industry worldwide. Additional health claims also include fighting acne, eczema and aiding digestion due to easy absorption and its anti-inflammatory properties. This magical plant naturally contains more than 75 different nutrients; flavonoids, tannins, carotenoids and vitamin C.
4. Foam Rollers
Why you need a foam roller in your life!
This device uses a self-myofascial release technique which, through deep tissue massage, helps relieve muscle spasms and tightness It also increases circulation, reduces recovery time and increases mobility. What can’t a foam roller do? The unique shape of foam rollers can be used over the whole body from the lower back, to the glutes and hamstrings. The high versatility, cheap cost and portability makes this a must have gym accessory. Use for warm ups, aid recovery, injury prevention, stretching and as an assessment tool to develop mobility plans.
5. Resistance Bands
Cheap, effective and portable – the perfect gym accessory!
A great exercise tool to improve strength, power and to vary training programmes. Resistance bands can be used with and attached to a vast array of equipment or even on their own. A perfect affordable product to use at home instead of a gym membership. This little band comes in many strengths and will tone, increase your heart rate, strengthen muscles, increase bone density and aid weight loss. What more could you want from these mighty fitness bands?
6. Power Smoothies and Juices
Blend baby, blend!
Blending super foods together like kale, blueberries, aloe vera, chia seeds, almond or coconut milk into a quick on the go drink or used as meal replacement. Smoothies help to cleanse and detox to aid weight loss for the beach body of our dreams! Diets include following a strict regime of fasting and eating raw fruit and vegetables for a short period of time. Nutribullet sales continue to rise as *clean eating* regimes rocket.
7. Good fats ……….Buzz word *Avocados*
Fitness fanatics can often be found searching supermarket shelves to find the perfect ripe avocado!
If you haven’t tried avocado then you need to! They are the biggest food trend of 2016.With high ‘good fat’ content this craze has swept the nation. Individuals following a low carbohydrate and high fat diet are back on trend endorsed by celebrities such as the Kardashian and Nigella.
Perfect for making healthy salads and new and exciting meals; replace your pasta with spiral courgette spaghetti!. Take it one step further and add secret vegetables into your child’s meals through zucchini and squash noodles for further pasta substitutions. Satisfying vegans, raw feeders and coeliac alike. Quick, fun and easy, it’s just a shame about all the washing up!
9. Gluten Free
What is this mysterious ingredient we are trying to be free from?
Gluten is a protein found in wheat products; bread, pasta, pizza and cakes etc. There has been a rise in following a gluten free diet whether for dietary or medical reasons or for personal preference. For individuals with coeliac, crohn’s disease or gluten intolerance, gluten causes an autoimmune response, so strictly following a free from diet plan helps controls symptoms. However many choose to follow this lifestyle preference to see if the weight loss claims are true. Fad or trend it is HOT for 2016 with new food products being released every day.
10. Coconut Oil, Water and Milk
Any form we’ll buy it!
Cook, blend, drink, bake and even moisturise with it… we are using it in high volumes. It’s a free from ingredient too so makes a perfect substitute for gluten or lactose ingredients whilst also being low in sugar, calories and is an excellent digestible carbohydrate. Coconut is so versatile and has so many health benefits found in the flesh,oil and water. Benefits include being rich in vitamins (vitamin B hello endless energy!), minerals (calcium, iron, magnesium and zinc which aids in healthy digestion and bone health) and bioactive enzymes and electrolytes to aid weight loss by increasing energy metabolism.