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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.

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.  

Fitness And Health Meets Technology

Becoming healthier and fit is not always easy. If it were, everyone would be in great shape. It takes a certain mindset and commitment to meet your fitness goals, and a little help from technology does not hurt.

Technology Can Help You Meet Your Fitness Goals

If you need assistance and motivation to get healthy this year, you’re in luck. With the help of technology, you can gain support, track your fitness progress and monitor your activity level.

There are a wide variety of products on the market to help you reach your health and fitness goals.

There are apps for almost everything including ones to help you get healthier. For example, My Fitness Pal makes sticking to a certain calorie count easy. The app has a database of over three million foods. You can even scan the barcode on the food you eat for quick information.

Garmin Fit is another popular app, which helps track how many calories you burned on your run or walk. It also tracks your speed and elevation, which is helpful for training purposes.

But apps are not the only way technology can help you get healthy. Activity trackers, such as pedometers and other gadgets are still popular. In the coming year, you are likely to see more innovative devices, which have several functions, such as monitoring heart rate, speed and the number of calories burned.      

Although the internet is nothing new, web-based fitness is becoming more popular than ever. Web-based fitness involves a variety of services, such as streaming exercise workouts, online personal training and community support. Many people are choosing web-based fitness options because of the convenience, privacy and the cost.

Fitness Challenges Can Lead to Permanent Change    

Although obesity continues to be a problem in the United States, the public is becoming more aware of the need to maintain a healthy weight and get fit. But even with more awareness it can be hard to make the changes you need to improve your health. That is where a fitness or diet challenge can help.

Diet and fitness challenges are becoming more popular among people of all ages and fitness levels.

A diet and fitness challenge involves making a commitment to engage in healthier behaviors for a set amount of time.

Most diet and fitness challenges are 30 days or less. During that time, participates make goals, such as eating healthier meals, reducing fats and sugar and participating in exercise. Health challenges are organized in different ways. Some health and fitness challenges are offered at fitness centers, workplaces and through online groups. You can even start your own with a few friends.

There are several benefits to committing to a health and fitness challenge. Challenges are usually brief, which means they do not feel overwhelming. Committing to regular exercise for a year, might seem daunting. But making a commitment to exercise regularly for 30 days is doable. Health and fitness challenges also provide support and a sense of community. Getting through a challenge and seeing the health benefits can also be motivating and help you stick with the changes you made.  

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