With the year coming to a close, I thought it’d be a good time to look at the top health & fitness trends of 2013! None of these trends originated this year, rather they have continued to grow in popularity and have remained in the spotlight this year, thus making their way to the top of Brown & Coconut’s list!
NOTE: I am not commenting on the effectiveness or safety of anything on this list, but merely highlighting its rise and continued popularity in 2013.
Zumba was created in the 1990’s by Beto Perez when he accidentally forgot his aerobics music for a class he was to teach, and proceeded to play the only thing he had, Latin & Salsa music. Officially licensed in 2001, this dance inspired fitness craze has only continued to increase in popularity since its start and has remained at the top of nearly everyone’s fitness “to-do” list throughout 2013.
Started in the 1980’s in California, Herbalife is a nutrition company known worldwide. Offering products everywhere from meal replacement drinks, to protein powders, energy bars, and supplements, Herbalife is splashed all over social media, promoting healthier bodies through the use of their products.
3) Body Wraps
Made by It Works, body wraps deliver a botanical-based formula using a non-woven cloth. The cloth is wrapped around a single body part to help tone and tighten an area (such as: abdomen, arms, and legs), as well as reduce the appearance of cellulite and varicose veins.
4) Elimination Diets
Everywhere you turn, people seem to be cutting out one thing or another in an attempt to be healthier. Gluten, sugar, red meat, and dairy, to name a few, are just some of the foods people have chosen to nix.
Total body system cleanses have most certainly grown in popularity and continue to do so. Cleanses come in the form of pills, powdered drink mixes, juices, and smoothies. Cleansers (people who cleanse 😉 ) most often do so to reduce bloat, kick-start a new diet/fitness regimen, regulate digestion, rev-up their energy, or just to be a little healthier all around. Zeena and I tried the Dr. Oz juice detox and liked it overall. Check out our review here!
At the start of the year, the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations officially declared 2013, “the Year of the Quinoa” in an effort to battle hunger and promote healthy eating. So, of course this one had to be on our list! This grain-like crop is everywhere and it’s not surprising, considering it is a complete protein with more protein than any other grain, and is loaded with phytonutrients. Its health benefits are still being discovered, but has shown promising results as far as reducing inflammation.
7) Going organic/natural
Not all, but many companies are moving away from harsh chemicals and trying to incorporate more natural and organic ingredients into their products. This trend stretches across industries including cleaning products, drinks, food, and cosmetics (just to name a few). Even companies that aren’t getting rid of chemicals and artificial ingredients entirely, are still incorporating natural elements through use of a few nature-made ingredients. Some companies are actually trying to head in a positive direction, while others are sadly using this as nothing more than a marketing campaign.
8) Strength-training for Women
Last, but certainly not least, I wanted to close with this, as it is by far my favorite trend. If you have some form of a social media account, whether it be Facebook, Instagram, or even Pinterest, then I’m sure you’ve seen lots of tight and toned women preaching the same message, MUSCLES are no longer just for MEN. Women are embracing, fit and toned bodies and ditching the thin, muscle-lacking physique. Women are breaking out of their shells and picking up weights ditching the idea that they’ll get “too bulky”.. GO LADIES GO!! 🙂
What is your favorite or top controversial health trend of 2013? Have you tried any of the above?? Share your comment below!