Worst Fitness Trends
As the new year approaches, along with weight loss resolutions, there are a few 2016 fitness fads we should leave behind.
Last year, in the American College of Sports Medicine annual survey “Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2016,” wearable technology — such as fitness trackers, smartwatches, heart-rate monitors and GPS-enabled gadgets — was predicted to be the number one fitness trend in 2016, and again in 2017, reflecting consumer interest in functional fitness. However, the success of this trend depends on its user.
“I think tracking is a great way to keep oneself accountable,” Dr Caroline Apovian, director of the Nutrition and Weight Management Center at the Boston Medical Center, told Medical Daily.
It can help people verify the amount of exercise and the amount of calories consumed. But, Apovian warns, “just wearing one isn’t going to have any effect unless paired with a sound diet, exercise, and lifestyle plan.”
Waist training picked up momentum in 2016 when celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Amber Rose claimed waist-training contraptions were responsible for their voluptuous physiques.
The truth is, waist trainers only temporarily cinch the waist to give a thinner appearance. The gut-squeezing corset cannot trigger fat loss or reshape the body. In fact, experts agree it can’t really work, and it could potentially do real harm to the body.
“A waist-trainer is like any other shapewear. It only works while it is being worn. It cannot burn calories or build muscle,” said Apovian. Full Story