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Every year new trends emerge in health and fitness. Some are over as fast as they start, but others can have a lasting effect on how people exercise diet.

Many people share a common goal of getting into better shape and living healthier. Every year seems to bring new health and fitness trends. It is hard to predict which trends will inspire people to become healthier for the long-term. Some trends are only quick fads, which go out of style as quickly as they arrive. Other trends stick around for a few years, and some have a lasting effect. Take a look at some health and fitness trends for the upcoming year.

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Trends In Exercise

Every year new trends develop in exercise. Whether it involves new equipment, the latest classes or a unique method of exercise, there is always something new around the corner including those listed below.

Tabatha workouts are gaining popularity all over the country. The workouts are a form of high-intensity interval training. Tabatha workers alternate bursts of high- intensity exercise with short periods of recovery. For instance, you may perform a move, such as plyometric squats, at a high-intensity for 30 seconds, then recover for 10 seconds and repeat the move. 

Because the workouts incorporate intense exercise, they can be more effective at improving your fitness level than exercising for longer periods at a steady pace.

Functional fitness programs are another popular trend in fitness. Functional fitness involves exercises that train your muscles and make them stronger for everyday activities you may do at home, such as lifting, bending and pushing. Programs, such as CrossFit, incorporate functional fitness exercises. The theory behind function fitness is, if you have to sweat it out, it might as well make you stronger for everyday activities.

Body weight training is also becoming the latest trend at fitness centers throughout the United States. Forget using big dumbbells to build muscle and tone. With body weight training, you get resistance from, you guessed it, your body weight. Think push-ups, chin-ups and squats.  

Nutritional Trends

It seems like a new diet or nutritional trend makes headlines every year. In the past, low or no carb diets were the in thing. While many weight loss diets continue to be popular, there is also a trend to eat well regardless of your weight loss goals. Consider the following nutritional trends.

Unique Grains: As consumers become more educated on the nutritional value of different foods, they look for healthy ways to incorporate carbohydrates into their diets. Move over rice and oats, there are plenty of additional unique grains gaining in popularity, such as millet, teff and farro.  

Hybrids:  If you have never heard of hybrid foods, you may this coming year. Hybrid foods are a combination of two foods, such as two fruits or two vegetable.

Currently, the most common type of hybrids foods are vegetable mashups.

The produce industry is developing hybrid veggies to create foods with optional health benefits. For instance, kalettes, are a combination of kale and Brussel sprouts.  

Gluten Free: In the past, if you were sensitive to gluten, your food options were somewhat limited. But in recent years, gluten free foods have become more popular, and you can expect that trend to continue. Not only will you see gluten free breads, frozen foods and baked goods, but it is becoming easy to find gluten free menu items at most restaurants.  

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