2014 Health and Fitness Trends

December 23, 2013

In 2012, Washingtonian looked into their crystal ball and checked out what was in store for health and fitness in 2013. Their predictions were on the mark, from the explosion of more themed races to the growth of Paleo dieters. Here, they anticipate seven trends to expect next year, from new exotic flavors in healthy dishes, to even more stylish workout clothes, to a new crop of running shoes that could change the face of the minimalist movement.

More Exotic Flavors
Step aside, Sriracha, there’s a new spicy sauce in town. A recent survey conducted by Sensient Flavors says gochujang, a fermented Korean condiment, is going to be popular in 2014. Other flavors expected to rise in the ranks: rhubarb, green coconut, and burnt calamansi.

High-Intensity Interval Training
The workout that involves short, high-intensity bursts of exercise is going to be the top workout of 2014, according to the American College of Sports Medicine. However, health professionals surveyed cautioned that with the rise of this type of training comes high injury rates.

A Boutique Gym for Every Neighborhood
Goodbye gym chains, hello boutique studios. We love that almost every neighborhood in Washington has become home to small gyms that offer group fitness classes in intimate settings. And there are plenty more studios on the way for 2014.

An Uprising of Food Industry Watchdogs
Remember the Naked Juice, Chobani, and Blueprint Juice debacles? We don’t see the trend of class action lawsuits against trendy, healthy foods ending anytime soon.

Stylish Sweatpants
Will it finally be OK to wear sweatpants in public? Big-name retailers like H&M, Old Navy, and Gap have hopped on board with their own lines of active gear, and plenty of fitness apparel companies have designed sleek workout tanks, sweaters, and pants that work for bootcamp or brunch.

More Kombucha, Please
The fermented, probiotic tea has been around for thousands of years, but only recently has kombucha really taken off, with local producer Capital Kombucha leading the way in Washington. If 2013 was the year of juice bars in DC, we’re thinking 2014 will be the year of kombucha bars.

Back to Non-Minimalist Shoes
Sales for Vibram Five Fingers have been low for years now (in 2012 Pacers Running Store stopped selling them), and by the looks of some new shoes on the market, minimalist shoes may be on their way out the door in 2014. A recent Outside Magazine article noted the growth of runners opting for the Hoka One One shoe, which features a 29-millimeter thick sole. Since 2012 the sales of the thick, clown-like shoe has soared by 400 percent.

SOURCE: As published in Washingtonian/Melissa Romero – 12/23/13

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