Back to the caves
Recently, people have been looking to the past for diet inspiration in the form of the Paleolithic Diet, or Paleo Diet for short. Modelled on the diet of the hunter-gatherers of the Stone Age, this diet consists mainly of grass-fed meats, fish, vegetables, fruit, nuts and seeds. Paleo devotees perform primal exercises that predominantly use the body’s basic functions and involve low-level cardio, sprints and heavy lifting.
Less is more
‘Barefoot shoes’ have gone from being something strange that only your fitness instructor wore to the footwear of choice for every second runner. The shoes, which mimic the experience of running without any footwear, have caused some controversy, with podiatrists concerned that people are not taking the time to ease in to the experience, and thus leaving themselves susceptible to injury.
Although this trend has been gaining momentum for some time, it seems everyone is now jumping aboard the no-sugar bandwagon.
Far from being just about cutting down on the lollies and chocolate, consumers are now becoming savvy about the sneaky sugar we’ve been subjected to and have started paying more attention to the amount of sugar in juices, condiments, breads, cereals and fruits.
As a result, fats have stopped being considered the evil they once were, and butter, cheese, avocado, nuts and oils have been slowly creeping back in to everyday diets.
App-y and healthy
Health apps have found their feet in 2012, and more and more people are now using their smartphone to track how many calories they’re consuming, how much exercise they’re doing, their sleeping habits, their menstrual cycle and so much more.
Heart-rate monitors and other gadgets, which are often linked to these apps, are becoming sleeker, smaller, less expensive and far more popular than ever before.
Health is set to go even more social in 2013, and most health-related apps and devices now integrate Twitter and Facebook, give options to allow friends access to food diaries and allow keen runners to challenge friends and family.
It’s not just about keeping each other accountable, social networks have become a source of inspiration for fitness fanatics who have taken to image-sharing site Pinterest to share healthy recipes, weight-loss tips and exercise advice.
Although CrossFit was founded in America in 2000, it’s taken over a decade to truly take off in Australia. The CrossFit exercise program is a strength and conditioning program that focuses on varied, high-intensity movements. Workouts are generally only about 20 minutes but are intense, including activities such as sprinting, rowing, climbing ropes, flipping tyres and more.
Barre classes combine yoga and ballet-style barre conditioning to tone and define the body. This low-impact workout has become popular with yoga fanatics looking for something different. Barre Bootcamps have also been popping up, generally combining a clean diet with regular barre classes.
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