Lose the holiday pounds

Lose the holiday pounds
Zumba classes and group activities have become the norm, with people encouraging others to maintain a fitness routine, and enjoy dances and exercises together.

Check out the fitness tips through the decade, to see which one is best for you

By Natalia Ahmed

Published: Mon 30 Dec 2019, 2:12 PM

With every passing decade, health and fitness trends continue to change, thanks to renewed studies and research into an optimal diet for the body, and the best way to stay active.  
The biggest trend this decade is 'exergaming', where consoles like Playstation and Xbox offer games to make working out more fun. One popular game is 'Just Dance', where people can mimic the movements of dancers on screen and jam to pop songs. 
Another popular trend of the decade is smart watches, and other smart wearables. These devices hit the market in the early 2010's, making it possible for people to keep track of their vitals and set reminders. Newer devices can keep track of your stats, map your location, and count your calories; fitness enthusiasts carry smartwatches to perfect their workout. 
For those who wish to step away from a screen, the dancing bug visits once more with Zumba classes becoming all the rave. The Latin-based dance class has become extremely popular with those trying to stay fit. 
Coupled with smart devices comes innovative technology in athletic wear and footwear, with companies releasing 'fitness shoes', designed to improve your posture, provide shock absorption for the joints, and strengthen the muscles in your hips and thighs. 
Gyms, too, have reinvented themselves; there are 24/7 gym chains as they provide an alternative to those who are unable to fit in a regular visiting schedule, and fitness centres have expanded their areas to include rooms for group classes, along with individuals who wish to work separately with personal trainers. 
A bigger change that was noticed throughout the fitness industry is a shift towards a healthy lifestyle; the emphasis is not just on exercise, but on our diet as well, as the effort has shifted from merely exercise to a more holistic approach about our health.
Medical studies have progressed a long way, with doctors and scientists pointing to the dangers of unhealthy consumption, and devices allowing us to count calories, measure portion sizes, and look up the differences between good and bad fats. Along with this, studies and searches also allow us to decipher food labels to decide what is and isn't healthy in the long run. 

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