The Latest Health and Fitness Trends


Health and Fitness Trends

Every year, health and fitness trends evolve. The more new information researchers get, the more likely they are to find out what works effectively and what doesn’t.

For some folks, it’s a back-to-the-basics way of approaching their health: simple bodyweight exercises (pushups, pullups, dips, etc.); natural raw foods (vegetables, fruits, lean meats); plenty of quality rest.

For other folks, it’s all about the newfangled: high-tech gadgets; anti-gravity training; smartphone apps.

With so much to explore, let’s look at just a few of the health and fitness trends we’ve noticed recently:

Sleep, sleep and more sleep

This one actually dates back to 2016 when Arianna Huffington’s best-seller, The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life One Night at a Time, was published. Huffington effectively argued that, in large part because of our ever-expanding digital lives, none of us are sleeping as much as we should.

We have too much exposure to blue light.

Too much brain stimulation right before going to bed.

And that this sleep deficit is affecting our health and daily lives in untold ways (among them, weight gain, decreased mental acuity, depression and decreased hormonal production).

The solution? Simple: Make sleep – at least eight hours, and more if you need it – a priority.

Eating clean

Everything you ever learned about food – fresh is best; eat cleanly; avoid processed snacks; limit intake of sugar – is true. That means shopping the outside of the supermarket aisles – where the fresh produce and lean meats, poultry and fish are.

Now, “eating clean” doesn’t mean never indulging. It just means doing so in moderation.

And with the skilled food preparers at Lourdes Noreen McKeen, you can rest assured that all your nutritional needs will be met.

Fitness apps

From wearable technology like the ubiquitous Fitbit wrist band to smartphone apps that do everything from count calories burned to reps performed in the gym, there’s no shortage of software capable of helping you maximize your nutrition, fitness and wellness.

A few of our free favorites for your smartphone:

  • Fitnessbuilder: You’ll never get bored with this app because it provides more than 200 different workouts to keep you both physically and mentally stimulated.
  • Nike Fitness Club: The sneaker and apparel behemoth ensures that you’ll always be burning calories by offering more than 80 workouts that were specifically created by both Nike trainers and some celebrity personal trainers who you might recognize.
  • Gym Goal: If you’ve never been in the gym and are maybe a little intimidated by the prospect, this app will help walk you through the process. In no time at all, other folks will be asking you for advice!

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