Family Consumer Science Question about Health and Fitness!?

Which health and fitness trends will define this decade? How will this decade be described by future historians in regard to health, nutrition, and fitness? What new jobs may emerge from these trends?

–ANY ideas will help! I’ve looked all through my book and can’t seem to find anything about this!–


  • Silver

    Natural Energy Drinks – over the last few years there has been an increase in the popularity of energy drinks, such as Monster, Red Bull, and 5-Hour Energy, which is expected to continue in 2012. These drinks are increasingly popular among seniors, as evidenced by 5-Hour’s partnership with John Ratzenberger. However, there is potential for a backlash as more health conscious individuals seek to get the same boost from drinks that contain 100% natural ingredients, such as vitamins, whole grains, tea extract, bananas, and dates, as well as specifically designed products like v8 Energy Shots and Jamba Juice.
    Sleep – Studies have shown that not getting enough sleep is associated with hypertension, weight gain, lowered immunity and depression. In 2012, more Americans will associate sleep with health. 76% of individuals in the U.S. would like to enhance the quality and quantity of sleep they get. In addition, the National Sleep Foundation states that two-thirds of women have regular sleep problems. According to the World Association of Sleep Medicine, 45% of people in the world suffer from sleep deprivation.
    "Flexitarians" – Although the ratio of vegetarians and vegans in the U.S. will remain small, in 2012 more individuals will become "Flexitarians," individuals that consciously lower their intake of meat for health reasons, but still consume animal protein on occasion. One evidence of this trend is the increasing popularity and social media following of the nonprofit Meatless Monday initiative, created in collaboration with John Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health.
    Digital Motivation – Although many individuals understand the importance of exercise, they often are not motivated enough or lack accountability to make it part of their everyday routine. However, current social media platforms provide this motivation digitally. Reebok Promise Keep awards users with a Twitter or Facebook "call-out" when they complete a scheduled workout, while allows users to create "Commitment Contracts" to quit smoking, lose weight, or exercise regularly. In 2012, more products like Jawbone Up or FitBit Ultra will allow users to wirelessly track their progress and physical activity online.
    DIY health app – what began as a backlash to expensive medical costs and impersonal service, the DIY health movement will continue to surface in 2012 in the form of smartphone apps that allow users to track their health 24/7 365 days a year. Examples range from the Skin Scan, which scans and monitors moles over time, to Withering’s Blood Pressure Monitor, which takes the user’s blood pressure and sends it directly to a doctor. By the end of 2012, the 9,000+ health-related apps in the Apple App Store is expected to increase to 13,000.

  • Ophelia

    Noticed last year that it started getting harder and harder to get through those 2-3pm blues. It was really evident when I committed to a workout schedule. Just didn’t have anything left by the end of the day.

    Started looking into natural remedies, herbs, vitamins and diet. On that front, I stumbled upon this natural supplement on amazon called instant energy. I was skeptical at first because I had tried other energy drinks things of that sort. Crashed really hard was usually what happened.

    With this though, It was a pleasant steady boost of energy, I’ve never tried anything like it and now it’s become a part of my daily routine. Workouts have been more enjoyable and the days don’t seem to drag on anymore. Really happy I found it.

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