2019 is here and it’s time for resolutions. Many, including myself, have resolved to be healthier in the new year. The key is to look at these types of resolutions not as a short-term goal, but as a permanent lifestyle change. Last year I resolved to lose weight, and I was somewhat successful, although I have slipped a bit during the holidays thanks to my wife cooking tons of delicious goodies for family gatherings. Now is the time to renew our efforts. Here are some health trends to look out for in 2019.
Up first, let’s take a look at diets. Diets come and go as fast as the latest dance craze. (When I was a kid flossing was something the dentist said I needed to do.) We’re all different so the key is to find a diet that works for you. Two diet trends that seem poised to take off in 2019 are intermittent fasting and the flexitarian diet. Intermittent fasting is just that, eating during set blocks of time and fasting during others. Flexitarian might sound like some weird cult, but it is simply eating a mostly vegetarian diet while still enjoying meat on occasion. This falls in line with the growing trend of practicing more mindful eating overall.
Eating is only half of a healthy lifestyle. Being active is just as important. This year look for high intensity interval training and yoga to be popular. This might be surprising, but I’ve been practicing yoga since I took it in college over a decade ago. (Dang. I’m old.) I alternate between yoga and running in the mornings.
Along with being more active, fitness trackers are also growing in popularity. Here at Bob’s Market we have quite a few Fitbit users. Yesterday we launched a Fitbit group called Bob’s Market Movers. You can join it by logging in via the Fitbit dashboard on a PC or your phone’s browser.
Finally, there is the ultimate way to stay active and get healthy food at the same time – gardening! Gardening is a great way to burn calories. Light gardening like planting flowers burns about 200 calories per hour while using tools like a shovel can burn as much as 800 calories per hour! Break a sweat and grow some veggies!
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