Top 12 Fitness Trends Of 2017

Top Fitness Trends Of 2017

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A new year gives you a chance to start afresh! It is the best time to reboot your workouts. Do you want to know the fitness trends of 2017?

Keep reading to find out what all are the fitness trends of 2017.

1) Wearable technology

fitness trackers

The craze for fitness trackers and smart watches is only going to get bigger in this year. The wearables available these days are able to track distances, provide heart rate readings, GPS, reminders and a lot more. Seems like a perfect new year gift for health conscious friends.

2) Body weight training

You know why no-equipment workouts are so popular. They are very easy to learn and can be modified to match any level. Another big advantage is that they can be done anywhere. You have the classic pushups, pull-ups and the much loved squats, planks and lunges. It doesn’t stop only with these, there are plenty more!


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High Intensity Interval Training or HIIT helps in torching calories really fast by alternating high intensity moves with short periods of rest. You can find it in all kinds of workouts. This is one fitness trend that will never go out of fashion.

4) Certified fitness professionals

There has been an upsurge in the number of people wanting to be personal trainers. Presently they have a lot of options to earn accreditation. People in the fitness industry are getting more professional day by day. This trend has made clients smarter about seeking fitness-related help. The bottom line is that this occupation is bound to grow in popularity!

5) Strength training

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People no longer stick to just cardio. They know the benefits of strength training such as boosting longevity, protection against diabetes, back pain, and of course building muscle mass. Moreover, a lot of women these days have realized that lifting weights will not make them bulky.

6) Group training

The trend of group training will thrive in 2017 too as the expense of personal training is sort of a luxury to the average individual. It will probably replace a gym membership soon! One of the topmost fitness trends of 2017 and of many more years to come!

7) Yoga

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Yoga has been around for 5000 years and as a modern fitness trend for more than 10 years. It can be practiced on the go, help boost your mood, strengthen both mind and body. It is still the most popular trend and I think will never cease to excite people. It is being constantly reinvented as rope wall yoga, aerial yoga and hot yoga.

8) Fitness for the elderly

A lot of businesses are tailoring fitness classes to serve the aging population. Even the elderly who are frail can improve their balance and day-to-day activities with the right functional fitness programs.

9) Functional fitness

Functional training helps you build strength for things like lifting a suitcase into the loft, carrying a toddler, moving furniture. It actually helps improve your coordination, balance, power, force and endurance. It helps you in carrying out your daily activities. This trend has actually moved up in the ranking.

10) Outdoor activities

Kayak- Why Canoeing And Kayaking Is Good For Health

These days your personal trainer will not just make you workout in the gym but make you head outdoors too to enhance your overall fitness. It can be anything from kayaking to rock climbing. Do you know when you hike, you burn more than 530 calories in one hour? Moreover, the greenery will lift your mood and make you feel rejuvenated.

11) Worksite health promotion

Companies have started accepting the fact that the healthier the employee, the more productive he or she is. They are making attempts to make their employees fitter. It might be in the form of gym reimbursement, onsite yoga or something else.

12) Smartphone fitness apps

Fitness Apps

The trend of fitness smartphone apps will continue to be there in 2017. There is always an app (fitness) for you. Questions are raised about the accuracy but people don’t seem to mind. As the accuracy increases, the usage will increase too.

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4 Strategies to Get the Most Out of Your Health Tracker

Fitness trackers and wearable health tech are dominating the fitness world, and for good reason. However, according to some research, using fitness trackers to actually make a real difference in your health isn’t as easy as it sounds.

Research on the effectiveness of sleep, step and calorie trackers is mixed. While you might get super into your new gadget for a few months, several studies have shown that it doesn’t make a significant difference in your long-term health. But despite the mixed evidence, surveys also show that a lot of us feel guilty for ditching them. What gives?

A tracker’s effectiveness “really depends on the individual,” says Noam Tamir, a certified strength and conditioning specialist and owner of TS Fitness in New York City. “For people who are new to fitness, using a tracker can be beneficial because it not only helps keep your goals top of mind and reminds you to stay active, but it also can make things more fun and competitive.”  

To get the most out of your health tracker, try these four strategies:


Whether or not you’re new to fitness, follow Tamir’s advice and use your tracker to get a little competitive — even if it’s just with yourself. The great thing about having daily health data at your fingertips is that you have access to a real-time report card of your health. Set a goal for weekly gains — whether that’s hours slept or steps taken — and push yourself to beat last week’s totals.


If you tend to be sedentary (aka if you have a desk job), trackers can be hugely helpful in reminding you to get up and move throughout the day. Choose a tracker with a vibration setting that will nudge you when you’ve been inactive for too long.


If you’re not a numbers person, don’t be intimidated by the data. Most fitness trackers offer easy-to-read charts and graphs that will appeal to even the most hardcore numbers haters. Take advantage of them to set the smartest goals. “You want to build yourself up,” says Tamir. “If you’re super sedentary and you suddenly want to get 15,000 steps a day, you’re kind of setting yourself up to be a bit disappointed.” Instead of trying to hit crazy data spikes, aim for more gradual increases.


When you hit a goal, share it. Many trackers and gadgets are super easy to link to social media, and getting positive reinforcement from your friends may make you more likely to keep pushing yourself to reach the next level of your fitness game. Consider this your excuse to brag when you hit 10,000 steps by noon.


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Ingredient of the Week: 11 Ways Bananas Can Sweeten Up Your Breakfast

There’s a reason bananas were the top-logged fruit among the entire 190 million strong Under Armour Connected Fitness community in 2016: They’re nutritious, versatile and easy. They can help keep your heart healthy and reduce muscle cramps because they are high in potassium. They also make for a healthy, satisfying snack because they’re rich in fiber, carbohydrates and antioxidants. Compared to other fruits, bananas are highly portable and affordable, and they’re a great start to your day. That’s why they’re our Ingredient of the Week.


With only five ingredients required, this no-fuss recipe is designed to be an uncomplicated, delicious pre-workout snack. Each sweet, nutty bar is packed with wholesome carbs, healthy fats and protein. Recipe makes 12 servings at 1 energy bar each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 240; Total Fat: 13g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 94mg; Carbohydrate: 28g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Sugar: 12g; Protein: 7g


These vegan muffins are lightly sweetened and deliver some heart-healthy omega-3 fats from the ground flaxseeds and walnuts. (Plus they sneak in a veggie while still tasting delicious.) These mini muffins are great to have on hand for a quick breakfast or snack. Pair with a banana and a cup of yogurt for a filling breakfast. Recipe makes 12 servings at 1 muffin each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 174; Total Fat: 9g; Saturated Fat: 4g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 108mg; Carbohydrate: 21g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 8g; Protein: 4g


Four ingredients, one bowl, five minutes. That’s all you need to make these soft and fudgy banana-bread blondies! You don’t have to turn on the oven — plus, these tasty treats are gluten-free, Paleo-friendly and vegan. Recipe makes 6 servings at 1 blondie each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 156; Total Fat: 7g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 56mg; Carbohydrate: 22g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Sugar: 12g; Protein: 3g


Craving French toast, but don’t want all the calories that usually come along with it? Our baked banana French toast saves you calories and adds nutrition without compromising the traditional flavors you crave. We use simple swaps such as baking instead of frying and whole-grain bread instead of white. Give this dish a personal flair by adding your favorite toppings. Recipe makes 6 servings at 1 (3 1/2-inch) square (165 grams) each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 229; Total Fat: 6g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 125mg; Sodium: 197mg; Carbohydrate: 44g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Sugar: 18g; Protein: 11g


Need a healthy, delicious on-the-go breakfast or a healthy snack to curb your hunger before dinner? Try these one-bowl banana nut muffins. Filled with crunchy walnuts and and fragrant spices, they are sure to be a crowd pleaser. Recipe makes 11 servings at 1 large muffin each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 250; Total Fat: 13g; Saturated Fat: 6g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 17mg; Sodium: 233mg; Carbohydrate: 31g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Sugar: 13g; Protein: 4g


Craving something sweet and crunchy? Make this black-and-white banana granola. Flavored with chocolate and vanilla, this two-toned treat packs a healthy dose of fiber and protein without an overload of sugar. Serve these clusters for breakfast with fruit and yogurt or with recipe number 10 for a sweet treat. Recipe makes 12 servings at 1/4 cup each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 178; Total Fat: 9g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 4g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 157mg; Carbohydrate: 21g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Sugar: 7g; Protein: 5g


Treat yourself any morning with banana-oat waffles. They’re light and crispy on the outside but fluffy on the inside. These clean-eating waffles will satisfy your cravings while keeping you on track with your nutrition goals. Top your waffles with fresh berries or crushed nuts for an extra nutritious boost to kick-start your day. Recipe makes 4 servings at 1 large waffle each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 232; Total Fat: 6g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 93mg; Sodium: 82mg; Carbohydrate: 36g; Dietary Fiber: 5g; Sugar: 5g; Protein: 10g


This lightly sweetened granola bar takes banana bread to a new, portable level. These simple bars are made from chewy rolled oats and ground flax and lightly sweetened with ripe bananas, honey and dates. They’re also gluten-free. These make a great post-workout snack. Recipe makes 10 servings at 1 bar each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 130; Total Fat: 2g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 120mg; Carbohydrate: 27g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugar: 14g; Protein: 3g


This banana “yogurt” is made with deliciously simple whole-food ingredients, and it’s dairy-free! Creamy cashews, fiber-rich ground chia and ripe banana blend together to create a thick, yogurt-like dish that’s creamy and naturally sweet. Recipe makes 2 servings.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 152; Total Fat: 7g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 45mg; Carbohydrate: 23g; Dietary Fiber: 7g; Sugar: 8g; Protein: 5g


The easiest way to save your ripe bananas is to peel them and freeze in a zip-top bag, so you can save them for recipes like this one.This ice cream has just one ingredient, and we think you’ll go bananas over it! Recipe makes 2 servings at 1/2 cup each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 61; Total Fat: 0g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 1mg; Carbohydrate: 16g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 8g; Protein: 1g


The most popular quick bread in the book, banana bread is a classic comfort food. Make this fluffy, moist loaf on Sunday, and enjoy it for breakfast or snacks throughout the week. Recipe makes 8 servings.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 240; Total Fat: 11g; Saturated Fat: 8g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 47mg; Sodium: 322mg; Carbohydrate: 35g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugar: 22g; Protein: 4g

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A History of Dieting as Told Through GIFs

In a lot of ways, we should consider ourselves lucky that many of us are trying to watch our weight. For the majority of human history, getting enough to eat has been more of an issue. In fact, it wasn’t until the early 19th century that the ideal figure evolved to something noticeably more svelte.

And thus, we have been dieting ever since. But were these diets ever really effective? From slimming potions to green juices, here are a few highlights of some of the most interesting diet trends over the past 200 years, told in that oh-so-modern of ways: through GIF’s.


Before it became integral to America’s favorite campfire treat, the graham cracker was one of the first diet foods. Created by a New Jersey minister — the not-so-coincidentally named Rev. Sylvester Graham — these yummy snacks were made with whole-grain flour instead of the refined white flour that was popular at the time. Graham created a heartier, nutritious biscuit with unsifted flour and no additives, which he believed to be far superior to white bread. He wasn’t wrong. But sorry, campers: That still doesn’t make s’mores a health food.


In the 1800s, pills, tonics and potions containing arsenic became increasingly popular due to the claim that they cleared the complexion and helped boost the metabolism. Though the amount of arsenic used was small, people tended to take more than the recommended dosage so it would work faster. Side effects included hair loss, stomach pains, vomiting, diarrhea and that irreversible condition known as death.


Long before Khloé Kardashian started publishing her workouts on Snapchat, the famed poet Lord Byron also worked hard to maintain his physique: pale and thin, considered “fashionable” during the early 19th century. He claimed he had a “morbid propensity to fatten,” according to “Calories & Corsets” by Louise Foxcroft. Absolutely terrified of being fat, Byron weighed himself regularly and began to starve himself, sticking to foods like biscuits and soda water, potatoes drenched with vinegar or simply a bit of claret instead of food. He was so culturally influential that he was accused of encouraging young people to not only worry about weight but also to follow his strange diet patterns — including drinking vinegar to drop pounds.


In the 1860s, a London carpenter named William Banting suffered from poor eyesight and hearing, knee problems and other health issues he believed stemmed from his weight. His diet strategy focused on consuming vegetables and meat, while avoiding bread, pastry and potatoes. He managed to see results within just a few days, eventually losing 50 pounds and vastly improving his health. He then published his regimen in a book titled “A Letter on Corpulence,” and, for many years after, “dieting” also was known as “banting” in England and the U.S.


At the turn of the 20th century, American entrepreneur Horace Fletcher advocated chewing each mouthful of food a minimum of 100 times per minute, in the hopes of extracting every bit of nutrition from it, before swallowing. This became known as “Fletcherism,” and he earned the nickname “the Great Masticator.” That must explain all those fantastic jawbones in early silent movies.


In 1925, advertisements for Lucky Strike cigarettes sported the slogan “Reach for a Lucky instead of a sweet” to discourage people from consuming too many calories. Thanks to the appetite-suppressing power of nicotine, smoking became all the rage among those who wanted to watch their figures. MyFitnessPal endorses pretty much nothing in this paragraph.

In the 1930s, the Grapefruit Diet (also known as “the Hollywood Diet”) called for eating half a grapefruit before every meal. The fruit’s fiber and liquid helped to fill you up, and you’d eat less, lowering your calorie intake. The downside? Grapefruit with every meal got uber boring, and many dieters had a hard time sticking to it.

In the 1950s, the Cabbage Soup Diet promised people could lose up to 15 pounds in a week by eating cabbage soup every day — similar to the Grapefruit Diet, fiber and liquid played a part in preventing you from eating too much. This still remains a popular diet fad today — although you’re probably more likely to clear a room than lose weight.


Beginning in the ’60s, pills began emerging as a favorite diet tool — the “Sleeping Beauty Diet” advocated sleeping up to 20 hours a day to avoid eating, thanks to the use of sedatives. (Elvis Presley was supposedly a fan.) In the ’70s, Dr. Sanford Siegel introduced the Cookie Diet to Hollywood, where six cookies containing a special blend of amino acids would make up your day’s calorie intake. The SlimFast diet helped its followers create a calorie deficit by replacing breakfast and lunch with their shakes. By the end of the decade, shelves began to fill with Dexatrim, a diet pill made with phenylpropanolamine (which eventually was linked to an increased stroke risk, resulting in a formula change 20 years later).


The awesome ’80s saw an uptick in aerobic exercise, thanks to videos from Jane Fonda and Richard Simmons, and the opening of Jazzercise studios in all 50 states. The diet trends of the prior decade carried over, and the ’80s also saw a surge in the popularity of low-fat and cholesterol-free foods like margarine and fat-free cookies. Studies later questioned the validity of the fat-free ideology — America saw a rise in obesity and diabetes toward the end of the decade and into the early 1990s. Totally bogus.


Dr. Robert C. Atkins created his eponymous diet in the early ’70s, but it didn’t go viral (in a pre-viral world) until he published an updated version of it in his 1992 book, “Dr. Atkins’ Diet Revolution.” The Atkins Diet was one of the modern proponents of a high-protein approach and sparked the “low-carb” fad, along with the South Beach Diet and Zone Diet. When “Friends” star Jennifer Aniston showed off a more svelte physique in the late ’90s, it was largely attributed to the Zone Diet. (Kitchen obsessive-compulsiveness, meanwhile, is still largely attributed to Monica Geller.)


Celebrity-endorsed diets really took center stage in the new millennium, with Gwyneth Paltrow accrediting her slim figure to the high-fiber, low-fat Macrobiotic Diet: carefully designed meals of whole grains, vegetables, beans and sea vegetables. In 2004, Mireille Guiliano, then CEO of the Champagne house Veuve Clicquot, published the book “French Women Don’t Get Fat,” giving hope to women everywhere that they could be thin while still enjoying cheese and wine. (There is a God!) In 2006, Beyoncé Knowles admitted to using the Master Cleanse — a diet comprising solely of a drink made of hot water, lemon juice, maple syrup and cayenne pepper — to aid her in losing 20 pounds for her role in the movie “Dreamgirls.” And in 2009, the Kardashians endorsed QuickTrim, a diet pill that claimed to boost weight loss.


Finally, we’ve arrived at our current diet landscape. There are still a handful of questionable trends on the market — like the controversial HCG diet, which uses a fertility drug and extreme calorie restriction, or juicing popularized by the movie “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead,” which documented Joe Cross’ own 60-day juice fast and subsequent weight loss.

Thankfully, many of today’s diets for weight loss are more lifestyle changes that are geared toward overall health, clean eating and well-rounded nutrition. Kale became the poster vegetable for anyone who wanted to eat healthier. Raw foods have become increasingly popular as they are unprocessed and uncooked. Gluten-free and vegan diets have proliferated. And the CrossFit crowd popularized the Paleolithic, or “Paleo,” diet, emphasizing eating natural, noncultivated foods: meat, nuts, eggs, vegetables, fish and fruits — but no grains, dairy or refined sugar.  

So what have we learned through all this? Dieting trends will come and go, but there is no single formula for losing weight that will work for everyone. Regular exercise and nutrition play key roles in our overall health — not just our waistlines — so it’s a great idea to do a little bit of research to find out whether that new diet is just hype.

Need help figuring out where to start? Check out this article on How to Eat Like a Successful MyFitnessPal User.

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