Welcome to the first edition of “This Week in Health & Fitness.” Every other week, the Under Armour Connected Fitness team will hand-curate the biggest stories, trends and goings-on around the world that will help you on your quest to live a healthy lifestyle. Let’s jump right in!
Fearless Foodie Forecast
It’s that time of year when multiple outlets look for the latest on what will be in fashion on your plate in the new year. Whole Foods rounded up some, well, interesting predictions. Ever heard of aquafaba? It’s the liquid left over when you cook chickpeas. Mmmm. Some of the others, like spiralized veggie noodles, are ingredients MyFitnessPal users already know well.
That’s So Trendy
How often are these trends actually right on? The New York Times took a look at some predictions from the past few years. To wit, it’s official: Kale is dead (as our writer so well documented). So what’s on tap? Filipino food, for one. That delectable dish pictured above is mung bean soup, which you can make with this recipe.
The Fit Year Ahead
OK, so what about fitness trends? Health magazine has a list of 20 for 2017. Spoiler alert: If you’re already aboard the HIIT train or immersing yourself in wearable tech, you’re ahead of the game. If not, check out our four-week HIIT plan for beginners, and consider the UA Band to track your heart rate, steps and sleep.
Now and Zen
Over in the wellness category, MindBodyGreen has 11 trends to watch to help your state of mind, including DNA-optimized meals, fashion minimalism and “sober” events.
Across the Pond
Curious to see what they’re predicting in Europe? Check out the trends forecast in the U.K. by The Telegraph.
Are You Tough Enough?
Do you feel the need to keep challenging yourself in fitness classes? The Wall Street Journal has this item on boutique gyms that are upping the ante on their members with some of the toughest classes around.
Thanks, I’d Rather Chill
On the opposite side of the coin, Vogue has this piece on LISS — or low-intensity steady state — which is sort of the anti-HIIT. In other words, taking it easy might be a better weight-loss strategy.
YOU TELL US > WHAT DO YOU WANT TO ACCOMPLISH IN 2017?
Here’s a wild one, also from The New York Times, on an 85-year-old who is shattering records for marathon finishes and defying all the conventional wisdom on aging and what humans can accomplish in their senior years.
The Best News You’ll Hear All Year
Dessert will ruin your weight-loss plan, right? Wrong! Wait, what? Greatist says sweets can actually help you — as long as you do it right. Dig in.
No Wait, It Gets Better
We’ll leave you with this one. New evidence shows that Taco Bell — that’s right, home of the Doritos Cheesy Gordita Crunch — is perhaps the healthiest fast-food chain around. Our eyes are starting to wander toward that Taco Bell Cantina just blocks from UACF’s San Francisco office…
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