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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 places.

"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 sailboarders."

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 locations.

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 copy.

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 Celente.

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 YogaFit.

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