Just think about the word itself- “Trend”. It refers to the general direction in which an industry, style or practice is moving. Many people in todays world would immediately shift their thoughts to what is trending on twitter that day or that week. In fact, platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and other social media outlets are in large part responsible for these new fitness and nutrition trends spreading to the masses. In the technological era we find ourselves living in, all it takes is a few clicks and a certain idea, cause, or trend can become viral. In a very short amount of time-ideas and trends can spread to every corner of the earth. But is this always a good thing? Ease of information sharing is impressive and practical, so long as the information being shared is viable and scientifically proven. With seemingly unlimited access to blogs and the previously mentioned platforms, it becomes increasingly simple to spread an idea or message. The problem then becomes, what if the message is not fact-based and scientifically proven?

Many people will read what is put in front of them, and many of these people will take what they are reading as fact. There are many reasons why-some may just figure that since thousands of people have read and shared the idea/trend, that it must be fact based. Others might not want to do more research, so they figure that what they have just read “sounds good” and decide to give it a try-or at the least, they hit “share”, so others can possibly misinterpret someone’s personal experiences or opinions and recite them as law. The fitness industry is a growing one and many people are turning to exercise as a hobby, not just a necessity. This is not a bad thing-there is not a healthier hobby in the world than exercising and it certainly helps to know a bit about the food you are consuming. But please be careful when reading about the new diet and exercise trends that are seen online. And although it is important to be “in the know” and caught up on industry trends, especially for fitness professionals- remember to take what you are reading simply as information pending verification. In many cases-you are not reading about a science-based, tested program for sustainable energy levels and growth that can help transform you into a better version of yourself. In many cases you are simply reading about something that someone else did.

It can be motivating to self and others to post certain diet ideas and workout routines but check the science behind first before swearing by what you read. In many cases, even a diet that is proven to work might not be right for you. Age, size, preexisting conditions, activity level, exercise and injury history, and many more factors play a role in what a person should eat, drink, and do physically. In most cases, the best thing to do is not check the newest fitness trend. Many times, the best thing to do is to trust the old science. Ask yourself (or a someone credentialed enough to know) what types of diet and exercise routines have been around forever and are still proven successful? If a trend is no longer a trend, this means it has been proven incorrect or has been rendered obsolete.

With all these trends coming and going without any real or sustainable scientific proof, the reader then becomes the guinea pig! In most cases and especially those involving health care, people would rather go with the option that is proven to be safe and show results, not the option that is “under clinical trial pending discovery”. The latter is what is being blasted all over social media and called “industry trends” and quite often you will only read an individual piece that is aimed at selling a good or service. If you want an exercise and diet program that is effective for you personally, it is most essential that you consult with someone who has credentials to properly assess and educate you on the types of routines that need to be added/subtracted from your daily life. Do your homework and find an experienced trainer with an understanding of and certificates in areas involving exercise as well as nutrition. (Can

also use a dietician or health clinic, but these tend to be more expensive and will give you very little in terms of personalized exercises).

Do yourself a favor-when you decide to start a new routine, find an experienced Personal Trainer to speak with first. Test his/her knowledge and ask about some of the diet and exercise trends that you are considering. In turn they will get to know a little about your overall health and can help you reach a point where you have developed (and sustained for some time) an exercise and eating program that compliments each other and has you specifically in mind. Like many things in life and especially in diet and fitness-ideas and actions are not “one size fits all”. And although many people will turn to the cost of a private dietician or similar, remember that everything costs something. Pairing up with a qualified trainer for a time is going to be well worth your money in terms of individual programming needs as well as piece of mind. When looking for the best way to “get back in shape” or “jumpstart the New Year”- please look further than the newest social media trend. And although trendy diet/exercise routines can be appealing and seem simple to carry out, your health is far too important to dive into a program that might not be right for you! Stick with what is tried and true, invest in collaborating with a fitness professional about developing routines that will not be a thing of the past in one year’s time. Fitness is a life long journey so be sure to inquire about programs and routines that can stand the test of time!