In the health and fitness world, fads tend to come and go every few years. Often these trends can get pretty silly; just picture those late-night infomercials and you know what we’re talking about. You’ve probably witnessed a few friends who shelled out big bucks for some “weight loss secret” that never worked. Or maybe you’re nodding your head and laughing, because you’ve fallen victim to a few of these schemes yourself.
You’re probably much more guarded with your wallet (and hopes) these days, but that doesn’t mean all health and fitness trends are bad news. In fact, the following three recent developments might be a great idea, if you can fit them into your budget.
Meal delivery services. At first glance, some of these services seem a bit expensive. But if you’re trying to lose weight, the cost might be worth it. First of all, you’ll enjoy pre-portioned, healthy meals that eliminate the need for planning and calorie counting. Second, you will save time on grocery shopping and driving (time that could be better spent on a long walk or at the gym). Third, by avoiding the grocery store you can also avoid temptation to indulge in extra treats. Meal delivery services aren’t for everyone, but if you’re short on time and find meal planning to be difficult, it could work for you.
A luxury gym memberships. We always say that you don’t need a gym membership to get in shape or lose weight. And that’s still true! However, some people find the high price of a luxury gym to be a strong motivator. No one wants to waste hundreds of dollars, so you’re more likely to use your membership. Plus, a luxury gym does pack some pretty big perks, so stopping by after work feels more like a treat than a chore.
Boot camp classes or pricey yoga sessions. These are both strong trends in the fitness world lately, but you could do both of them at home (or on a nearby playground). Why would you shell out extra money for them? Much like a gym membership, once you’ve paid for a class you’re more likely to attend it. Also, for many people the social aspect of classes makes exercise more enjoyable. And of course, there’s the exercises themselves: Yoga is terrific for alignment, preventing injuries, and soothing sore muscles. Boot camp classes are challenging and prevent boredom with exercise. If either of these options appeal to you, they might be worth the price tag.
Of course, before starting any new exercise routine you should stop by for a checkup. We can help to ensure your plans are safe, and offer expert nutritional advice if you’re also hoping to lose weight.