The number of gym memberships has been growing consistently over the past decade, from 29.5 million in 1998 to more than 40 million in 2010. The number of club memberships is expected to reach 46.5 million in 2015, and revenue is forecast to increase 3.3% per year to 28.2 billion. Gym and Exercise Equipment Manufacturing industry revenue is also projected to grow over the period, by 1.5% per year to 3.9 billion. These numbers and information give a small example of how quickly our society is moving towards exercise and health. People are beginning to relize the positive things that exercise can do for ones personal living.
I started the paleo diet six days ago and at this point I am starting to feel a little more energy and I am not feeling as sluggish anymore. I have not eaten any grains, dairy products, and I have tried to avoid processed meat. It is to soon in the diet to make a decision on whether it works or not but I have not noticed any negative results. It is a pretty difficult diet but hopefully I will reap the benefits of it in the coming weeks and months.
Recently my friend introduced me to the paleo diet. Once I did a little research of my own on the subject I came to realize that it is more of a way of life rather than a diet. I know what you might be thinking, this is probably another weird dude into eating healthy and all that other junk. Honestly I have not tried the diet yet and I am not sure if I agree with everything that comes with actually taking the challenge. In a nut shell the diet prohibits you from eating any grains, dairy products, processed meat, and unnatural sugars. Sounds pretty intense, but it is similar somewhat similar to the atkins diet. Like I said before I am still on the fence about some of the believes, but check it out and let me know what you think.
A popular trend in the gym these days is crossfit. What started off as a small fitness company in Seattle Washington, has grown to one of the biggest and most popular sports/workout programs in the world today. The company was founded in 2000. So over the past 13 years it has exploded into more than just a program but a fashion statement. People want to join crossfit to not just get in shape but to fit in. Most gyms that offer the program charge a lot for the classes which gives it its exclusivity. People eat it up. On top of that it is a really good way to get in shape and to try a new way of working out.
When you think of eating healthy, most people think of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and whole grains. If you have ever had to pay for your own groceries, which I am sure most of you have at least once at this point, then you know that all of those items tend to be priced on the higher side at most stores. I have often heard that eating healthy these days is for the rich people that can afford it, and in a lot of aspects there is a good argument for that. I believe this is already beginning to change and will continue to change with time. I do not think the prices will drop on healthier foods but I do think as more and more research is done we will continue to discover more ways to eat healthier and more diets that do not always include the highest priced items.
If you have been to any fast food resturants in the past few years you will have noticed the move towards healthier food options. For the most part these fast food resturants are starting to include more salads and more information of the amount of calaries and carbs that are in each of their meals offered. People are wanting to eat healthier or at least have the option to eat healthier. The resturants that aren’t keeping up with the wants and desires of the public are falling behind and may in time go out of business. A perfect example of this would be Burger King. They didn’t keep up with the healthier wants of its consumers and they are now paying the price.
In an average week I workout around four times. I make an effort to be in the gym five times a week but sometimes I miss a day. My workouts usually consist of a paced two muscle groups workout that aims at getting my heart rate up along with breaking down the big muscle groups. I only workout each muscle group once a week which allows them plenty of rest time. My diet is not as good as I would like it to be but as a college student it gets me by. I do my best to stick to all water for liquids and absolutely no fast food. French fries and excessive bread are also something I like to exclude. The reason I am posting this is to better allow you to understand me and how a approach health in todays society.