7 Health Trends to Watch in 2014

Chia Seeds

Chia Seeds

INDOOR-CYCLING RESURGENCE

Next-gen classes combine high-energy music with intense cardio, plus weights for core training, for a fuller body (and mind) workout. Studios are popping up in major U.S. cities (see FlywheelSports.com).

GLUTEN FREEDOM

Yes, the gluten-free trend can get bigger, starting with the fact that it was named an official 2014 buzzword by HospitalityNet.org. Many restaurants—even the decadent Eiffel Tower in the Paris hotel—now feature a GF menu, and more are expected to follow suit.

SUPER SEEDS

They may be little, but chia, hemp, flax and sunflower seeds pack powerful punches of omega-3, healthy fats and fiber. Named one of the top five food trends for 2014 by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, super seeds will be popping up in more pantries, grocery stores and restaurants.

GETTING INTENSE

With so many of us living crazy 24/7 lifestyles, basic high-intensity interval training makes sense. Not only do health experts say the benefits are greater than those from longer workouts, but most of these training sessions, such as the 20-minute Tabata class offered at Las Vegas Athletic Club, require less time and equipment, and ultimately leave you with more energy.

A LA CARTE STUDIOS

Also known as boutiques of the fitness world, these smaller studios allow members to cut out all the equipment and classes they never use and focus on a specific type of exercise that works for them. While mega-gyms are on the decline, places such as the Ultimate Training Center, which focuses on Crossfit and TR, are emerging.

WORKOUTS FOR THE AGES

More gyms and studios are providing classes developed (and sometimes even run) by doctors and physical therapists that are geared toward specific ages. Boom 702 in Henderson, for example, taps into this market with specialized workouts for pre-teen girls (who are up to eight times more likely to suffer knee injuries than boys) and functional fitness programs for seniors that involve equipment such as ropes, sleds and medicine balls to increase mobility and balance.

HIGHER-TECH MOTIVATION

Fitbit and Jawbone dominate the wireless-wristband market with new products featuring caller-ID display, advanced calorie and step counting, and even sleep tracking. But those devices will soon be “so 2013,” as Apple, Bionym and others join the race to the cutting edge of lifestyle bracelets.

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