Will These Health Trends Help Keep You on Track or Lead You Astray?

Staying up on the latest wellness craze can be a task in and of itself. Some trends may be a great way to kick start a healthier lifestyle while others may set you back. Casie Robinette, an Optum personal trainer, has seen more than one come and go. Below, she summarizes six popular health trends and offers healthful tips to help point everyone in a healthier direction:

Juicing:
Juicing can be a great way to tally servings of vegetables, but you may miss out on critical nutrients the machines extract. Try blending, which retrains the fiber - a key beneficial ingredient. 

Supplements: 
With so many supplements available in the nutrition aisle, where do you begin? Start by adding a daily multi-vitamin, which can benefit your energy level and boost nutrients potentially missing in our daily diets. 

Detoxing: 
Trying a detox diet can help get our body back on track, but may deprive your body of essential nutrition. Consider a whole-foods cleanse that focuses on removing the refined and processed items that tend to fill our grocery carts. 

HIIT: 
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is all the rage in fitness circles, but keeping up can be a challenge. Ease in to a HIIT regimen by trying it 1-2 times a week at the gym or at home. 

Cryotheraphy: 
Cryotherapy is the exposure to sub-zero temperatures, which kicks the body into high-gear. Cold-water bath immersions may jump start the body's ability to recover, boost metabolism and foster healing. 

Live Classes: 
Workout gurus and personal trainers are a click away via live-streaming videos, but be careful when you begin. While these videos can be convenient, be mindful of your limitations, as many courses don't offer modifications.

Regardless of which trend you’re considering – those listed above or the many others – Casie recommends consulting with your doctor before shifting gears to achieve a new wellness regimen. Above all else, Casie reminds us to have fun because if your enjoying what you’re doing, you’ll be more likely to maintain.