Fitness & health is a big thing. There’s no doubt about that. I also doubt the focus on health and living well will lessen in any time soon.
In an earlier post, The Hottest Health & Fitness Trends of 2017, was a list of trends based on what various health professionals consider to be most popular right now. In this post, we’re getting a little crazy and taking a look at the new and upcoming trends – and who knows, one of these may become the big hit of the year!
But not avolatte crazy. That’s just stupid. And I won’t include stupid “trends” here.
Now I don’t live in London or LA so some of the fast running trends never really reach the small corner of the world called Denmark. But social media is pretty much global, and it’s making trends spread with lightning speed.
Personally, I have really been getting into mobility workouts and how it can help me as I try to get back from my injury and fix muscle imbalances.
But that’s not the only reason to do mobility work!
Example: A good squat requires lots of hip and ankle mobility which really is a problem for many people. That’s why the best (strongest) weightlifters work a lot on their mobility.
Basically mobility can help you move your body better, fix your posture and prevent injuries.
You can get started on your own mobility training by incorporating dynamic stretching, foam rolling and using trigger point balls in your exercise routine.
CrossFit & Functional training
It seems like CrossFit has moved on from it’s initial problems with dangerous, always-push-past-your-limits workouts and uneducated trainers to a really strong community. It’s been able to build a social aspect into training, with team and duo workouts supported by an environment where people help and cheer for each other.
Another aspect that I think makes it very attractive to many people, is the focus on functional movements and all around fitness. Unlike the typical gym workout, it’s not about aesthetics, it’s about the amazing things your body can do and that’s a strong quality – which is why the next point is:
“So what do you do?”
“I’m a cardio-loving, lifting, running, obstacle-course racing, spinning, Pilates-doing, crossfitting, boxing yogi. Oh and I also do gymnastics on Wednesdays.”
By that I don’t mean people will enjoy seriously overtraining. I just mean there’s so many ways to be active and you don’t need to confine yourself to one.
Like my old yoga teacher also used to teach professional rugby players. One kind of exercise doesn’t exlude others, even if they seem like opposites.
Fitness is versatile and being able to try new things rather than stick to a single regime can make it more fun. Variation can help you stay motivated in the long run, and you don’t need to put a single label on yourself. There isn’t just one right way to get fit.
In the last few years, research into the microbiome has come really far, and many people are getting over the initial “yuck!”-thoughts and starting to realise how much your gut and the bacteria living there influence your health.
Which lets probioticts enter the stage. Probiotica is microorganisms that has positive effects on your health. This might sound disgusting, because we were raised to think bacteria is dangerous and live on dirt, but the truth is you eat billions of living bacteria every day. And as long as you have a working immune system and don’t seek out dangereous strains, it’s completely fine!
Yogurt and other fermented food is a typical source of probiotics. However, research is slow and there’s still a lot to be done to fully prove the benefits of different bacteria strains. Right now it seems like the benefits from eating probiotics aren’t permanent. The bacteria don’t set up shop in your intestines, so when you stop eating them on a daily basis, they disappear.
If you want to learn more about gut health, I strongly recommend the book Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ by Julia Enders
Balance, intuitive eating, self-love and body positivity are all trends I’d love to see take over the world. The faster we move away from very restrictive, borderline eating disorder diets and talking about health like there’s only one right way to live your life, the better.
However, I’m also starting to see a lot of people who aren’t really promoting balance, but restrictive eating. They just saw the rising popularity of ‘healthy balance’ and started using the word without meaning it or understanding it. Since more people have opened their eyes to the dangers of clean eating I’m seeing people shifting the way they label their behaviour but not really changing their behaviour.
I am a big supporter of a balanced life, but I mean true balance. Not putting a pretty new sticker on the same old f***ed up behaviour.
Fitness at all sizes
If you thought that last one got a bit preachy, then don’t worry. This paragraph will be much worse. Sorry. It’s just because I’m very passionate about it.
With the body positive movement still on the rise, more people are realising that:
- You can be fat and still exercise (and be in great shape)
- You don’t need to exercise to stop being fat, you can do it just because you enjoy it
I’d certainly like to see a less discrimative community in 2017 – and for people to stop assuming a sixpack is the default goal of anyone who exercises.
There’s more to life than abs!
And that seems like a good message to go out on.
What do you think will be the new sweeping trend? Let me know in the comments!