Diet and Fitness Trends
What the future holds for our eating and exercising habits.
5 More Health Trends to Watch continued...
2. Location, Location, Location!
If a location is known for thin and glamorous people, then eating what they
eat will make us thin and glamorous too, right? We're not so sure, but some
experts believe we can expect to see lots more books about diets based on
"Forward-thinking diet experts know that readers will have positive
associations with places," says Cathy Lewis, whose media firm has been
tracking location diet trends for the past year.
"That's why we connect The Miami Mediterranean Diet with buff,
sun-kissed rollerbladers and the Nantucket Diet with svelte, well-bred
Lewis notes that the publishing industry has been through the diet gurus and
is now turning to authors who create brands not based on themselves, but their
It started with The South Beach Diet and French Women Don't Get
Fat, and has continued with The Sonoma Diet and Japanese Women
Don't Get Fat or Old. Lewis said other locale-based diets are sure to
follow as Americans continue to search for a thinner, healthier culture to
Celente categorizes this concept as more fad than trend and believes that it
will run its course in time.
"I think it will peak, and we'll all get excited and want to do it, and
then it will fade -- and some other fad will take its place," says
3. Mind-Body Fitness Solutions
One of the most popular fitness trends involves combining what might seem
like opposing exercises, like mind-body movements plus aerobics.
Among these new workouts are:
- Cy-Yo, a one-hour workout combining 10 minutes of yoga, 40 minutes of speed
cycling on a stationary bike, then 10 more minutes of yoga to cool down and
refocus the mind. Cy-Yo workouts are offered in a number of health facilities
across the nation, including some Gold's Gyms.
- YogaFit workouts merge traditional yoga with a variety of other activities,
including strength training, core muscle building, and butt firming.
- Yoga and Pilates is another hot combination to watch, say the trend
watchers at IdeaFit.
"Whether it's blasting your abs into shape or helping you heal a back
injury, these [new combined yoga workouts] will give you the versatility to do
both," says Beth Shaw, a certified yoga instructor who is president of