Popular health trends of 2008
They say, "discipline weighs ounces, but regret weighs tons." Healthy lifestyle is always in fashion whether we actually achieve it or not, so let’s have a look at what were some of the popular and sometimes questionable health trends of 2008:
--Chocolate yoga: combines the benefits of yoga with eating chocolate to “facilitate relaxation, health and happiness.” But I guess anything is enjoyable with chocolate. It must be an “enjoy and burn it off before leaving the room” kind of thing. The idea is definitely creative and it is picking up quickly in the States.
--Acai weight loss: yummy acai is the new magic berry that will help you shed those extra pounds. Hm..maybe not! While it is true that it is packed with antioxidants and minerals, experts doubt the fruit’s effectiveness in weight loss.
--All natural sweetener in Diet Coke: until recently aspartame did a great job of fooling our taste buds into thinking that whatever we drink tastes sweet, but the phrase “chemically synthesized” just does not resonate well with consumers, so Coke and others are incorporating an all natural sweetener, harvested from stevia plants, into their zero-carb products. Yay for new labels, but the same old taste!
--Zumba workout: Zumba combines Latin dance moves with aerobics. From the YouTube videos of it, it looks like any other Latin dance workout but the cult of Zumba followers is rapidly growing. What is more, Kelogg is partnering with Zumba founders to feature Zumba dancers on its Special K cereal boxes.
--Spinning (a.k.a: indoor cycling): spinning would not be any different from exercising on a gym bike if it was not for an instructor who leads the class of participants through routines that are supposed to mimic outdoor cycling. Oh, and there is motivational music to keep you going. My question is why pay money for spinning when you can just ride your bike to work while listening to Aguilera's "Fighter" or whatever keeps you motivated on your iPod for free.
--Organic makeup: in the pursuit of everything organic, makeup is no exception. The common assumption, however, is that if it is natural, it does not cause allergies or any side effects. In all actuality it still can, and it does have to go through animal testing to be approved by FDA. In my view, the most organic makeup is no makeup at all. Whether what is clogging your pores is organic or artificial in nature is probably irrelevant.
This list is by no means comprehensive so please, comment on anything else I have missed.