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Top Health and Fitness Trends Over the 2000-2010 Decade

Cada década tiene su parte de tendencias de salud y fitness y los últimos 10 años trajeron algunos adornos. Renovamos nuestra relación con los carbohidratos, inventamos una forma completamente nueva de ejercicio con nuestra Nintendo Wiis, redescubrimos nuestros abdominales y les dimos un nuevo nombre (el núcleo) y creamos toneladas de gran tecnología que hacen que sea más fácil que nunca hacer ejercicio.

Eche un vistazo a las principales tendencias de salud y fitness de la última década: las buenas, las malas y las feas.

1 Ejercicio

Siempre nos han encantado nuestros videojuegos, pero esta fue la década en la que nos dimos cuenta de que podíamos jugar y ponernos en forma al mismo tiempo, o al menos levantarnos del sofá un poco más.

La introducción de la Nintendo Wii cambió la forma en que jugamos e incluso nos ejercitamos. La interactividad de los controladores y la capacidad de rastrear el movimiento del cuerpo nos dio una forma completamente nueva de movernos y una gran cantidad de juegos de fitness como  Wii Fit , Wii Fit Plus, EA Sports Active y EA Sports Active: More Workouts.

Las celebridades también se subieron al tren de Wii con  Daisy Fuentes Pilates  y Fitness Ultimatum 2010 de Jillian Michael, que no lograron emocionar.

¿Quién podría predecir que estaríamos haciendo equilibrio en la cuerda floja virtual o haciendo malabarismos con pelotas imaginarias para hacer ejercicio?

2 Dietas bajas en carbohidratos

 

Carbs took a beating in the ’90s with the resurgence of the Atkin’s diet, which focused on high protein, high fat, and low carbs to induce rapid weight loss. In the early 00s, carbs came back into the spotlight with a host of new diets, such as The South Beach Diet and Protein Power, but with a more forgiving approach to eating carbs.

The last few years have gone even better for the much-maligned carbohydrate as we realized that carbs were not the enemy. This was the decade we realized that carbs could actually be good (e.g., whole grainsfruits, or vegetables) and bad (e.g., refined sugars).

The high protein craze, though extreme at times, did have an upside: We’re now more aware of how food fuels our bodies and the importance of balance.

3 New Health and Exercise Technology

 

The Internet changed our lives, and with it came new technology to do everything from counting our steps to directing our workouts straight from our smartphones. Some of the best include:

  • Fitness Apps: With apps like iPump and iFitness we now have no excuse not to exercise.
  • GPS Tracking Gear: Heart rate monitors are so 90s. The latest GPS devices can count your calories, map your location, track your stats and make you breakfast.
  • Body Monitoring Devices: The popularity of pedometers surged in the past few years and we’ve seen even more devices such as the Philips Activity Monitor and the BioTrainer to track everything from sleep patterns to physical activity levels.

4 Dancing Away the Pounds

 

The popularity of dancing for exercise comes and goes (remember the line-dancing craze in the 90s?) and this decade we caught the bug once again. Spurred by the surprising popularity of Dancing With the Stars and our desire to make exercise less like work and more like fun, a wealth of new workouts and classes popped up this decade to help us dance away the pounds.

Some of the standouts include:

  • Cardio Striptease: Striptease went mainstream this decade, prompting numerous women to ask one another, “Are you going to pole dancing class tonight?”
  • Zumba: This fun Latin-based dance class came out early in the decade and has gotten even more popular with a mix of dance styles including salsa, samba and merengue.

5 Exercise Gimmicks and Gadgets

Exercise gadgets have long been a part of American culture and this decade saw its fair share of shiny new gear and gimmicks – some good and some that defy explanation.

The Good

We saw plenty of new tools for balance, stability, power and core training including:

The Bad

There was no shortage of ab equipment on late night infomercials promising everything from a treadmill-like experience for your abs to melting the fat from your waistline:

  • The Ab Rocket
  • The Ab Circle Pro

The Ugly

Some of the more unusual offerings of the past decade include:

  • The Power Plate
  • The Rock and Go

6 The Rise of the Amateur Athlete

 

In recent years, one of the more interesting trends has been the rise of the amateur athlete, particularly beginning marathoners. Statistics tell us that around 299,000 runners finished marathons back in 2000 and almost 60% as many (503,000) finished in 2010.

Not everyone is thrilled with the trend, but runners all over the world are taking advantage of some of the resources we’ve created in the past decade to make it easier:

  • Online marathon training programs mean we don’t need coaches or running clubs to train.
  • Finding marathons is easier than ever and there are new ones popping up every year.
  • Marathon training has evolved into shorter training runs, which means you don’t have to quit your job to run a marathon.

7 The Rise of the Anti-Shoe

 

Another interesting trend in the past decade are anti-shoes, or shoes with Masai Barefoot Technology (BMT). These types of shoes are designed to mimic walking in the sand. The sole is curved and has multiple layers, making it feel like you’re walking on an uneven surface.

The idea is to activate more muscles as you walk, improve your posture and provide some shock absorption for joints. Some even promise to strengthen and tone the muscles in the glutes, hips, and thighs, although whether this is actually true remains to be seen.

Other ‘fitness shoes’ like the Reebok EasyTones and Fit Flops cropped up in the last decade as well, promising us more ways to work while we walk.

8 Extreme Weight Loss

Weight loss has always been a concern and it remained in the spotlight throughout 2000s. Slow, steady weight loss was the choice for some, but thousands chose the surgical route, with more than 100,000 people opting for weight loss surgery in 2003.

Extreme diets were another popular method of weight loss and we saw a resurgence of fad diets like Master Cleanse Diet, which requires drinking a mixture of lemon juice, syrup, water and Cayenne pepper. Yum. Other trendy diets included The Raw Food Diet and The Coconut Diet.

TV shows got in on the fun with shows like The Biggest Loser, in which overweight people compete with one another to lose weight by spending hours exercising, sweating and, occasionally, puking.

9 Core and Functional Training

 

We’ve always been somewhat obsessed with our midsection, but the 2000s brought us a new understanding: There’s more to our abs than just the 6-pack (a.k.a. the rectus abdominis).

This was the decade we discovered our core, a collection of muscles in the torso that support our spine and keep us stable and balanced. The best part of this was that many of us moved away from our obsession with flat abs and focused more on strong abs.

Even better, we finally moved beyond boring old crunches in favor of fun, dynamic exercises like knee tucks, woodchops and planks.

10 Healthy Lifestyle Changes

 

One of the healthier trends over the last decade is a turn towards living a healthy lifestyle. While we still worry about our weight, more of us are concentrating on healthy behaviors that make us feel better and fit without obsessing on the scale.

Contar calorías se ha convertido en una forma de vida ahora que podemos acceder fácilmente a las herramientas dietéticas en línea. Sabemos más que nunca sobre el  tamaño de las porciones , la  fibra , las grasas buenas y las grasas malas, e incluso hemos aprendido a  leer las etiquetas de los alimentos .

Más restaurantes están proporcionando información nutricional en sus menús e incluso los locales de comida rápida se subieron al tren con más ensaladas, frutas y opciones más saludables. Lo mejor de todo es que esta es la década en la que comenzamos a comprender que llevar un estilo de vida saludable puede ser divertido.

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Jett Kolio

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