Trend: “a general development or change in a situation or in the way that people are behaving“ (http://dictionary.cambridge.org). Using this working definition, it is predictable to see the same trends appearing for multiple years in a “trends survey.“
Fad: “a fashion that is taken up with great enthusiasm for a brief period” (http://dictionary.reference.com).
Interestingly it is the fads that garner the market share. Bokwa, Zumba, P90X, indoor cycling (yup they say this may just be a fad), and gimics like the shake weight make companies millions. Just for fun what fads do you remember? Bowflex, Thigh Master, Tae Bo, ab roller and ... Bet you can come up with a few more.
Trends mean people have to adopt and then change their behavior. Tough when so many are looking for the quick fix, the magic pill, the 8 minute solution. There is no quick fix people. In this day and age it takes some work to be healthy and fit. But you can do it. I think the big challenge is understanding how our bodies truly work. A drastic change can produce change, but is it something that can be maintained. People love the newest diet on the block. Does it work? Maybe for a few weeks and then the shock to your body is gone and you fall back into your old ways. Gastric bypass surgery is on the rise. The doctors tell their patients that there is an 8-12 month grace period. A client and I realized that 'grace period' is merely the time after which if you haven't changed your habits you will start to gain weight again. Studies say that 10, 20, 30% and even more of the gastric bypass population gains weight back after surgery. It is a pretty severe action to take and then fall back into bad habits. But it also illustrates how hard it is to make a change and create a new set of habits.
The fitness trends for 2015 are body weight exercise, high intensity interval training (HIIT), strength training, personal training and exercise/weight loss. The other one in the top six is educated, experienced and certified health professionals (are the people you are going to for fitness and health advice qualified to answer your questions - topic for another blog!). So if we are to change our habits and follow the trends how can we make it fun? How can we make it sustainable? Fitness professionals have to understand clients needs, drivers, motivators, limiters and then create a program/lifestyle that can be maintained. This is my idea behind Upstate Warriors.
Upstate Warriors is for lack of a better word a women's team. It is a group of women who want a healthier lifestyle, but one that is manageable and fun. I'll never give up wine or ice cream completely, nor will I ever give up exercising and striving for a healthier and stronger me. It is a matter of balance. To create that balance we need education. I understand when and why I would want to incorporate a HIIT workout into my schedule and when and why I need a slow easy run. The goals with Upstate Warriors is to share that knowledge - through writing, clinics, action, and modeling. Strength training, HIIT workouts, body weight exercise, functional fitness - sport specific training - wellness coaching (also all on the list), plus nutrition and the social aspect are all components of Upstate Warriors. Making little changes that you can live with and embrace can lead to new habits and a healthier and happier you.
Email me if you want more information on Upstate Warriors at firstname.lastname@example.org. Guys and kids aren't left out - this needs to be a family affair! My coaching isn't just about the sport - it is about the person. Male, female, adult or kid.
Change is tough. It is much easier to pop a pill or blame a stressful environment. Change can be fun and empowering. When it takes time I'll be there to remind you what you were like before and how strong and capable the new you is and always will be!