7 Fitness Fads to Avoid

There’s no doubt about it: we live in a society where body image is often seen as being of utmost importance. Whether we like it or not, we’re bombarded with ads, pictures, movies, and ideas that reflect a self-obsessed society.

Because of this, it comes as no surprise that we are at an all time high for trends in physical exercise. While it’s great that people are wanting to take great care of their bodies, some of these trends and fads are less than healthy, whether physically or mentally. We’ve done the research for you so that you can determine what fitness fads you should avoid.

Cross-fit

You see people who do cross-fit shed pounds and tone their bodies in a very short timespan, so it must be a legitimate way to work out, right? While cross-fit can be very effective, more often than not, it’s just dangerous. Cross-fit is a high intensity type of exercise, mostly built around intervals of doing things as quickly or intensely as you can for a short period of time – things like flipping tractor tires or climbing ropes. In addition, this is often done without any regard for form or technique – something that prevents injury.  Can you see where this might be disastrous? Very few people have flawless form when it comes to lifting, pushing, pulling, doing anything that involves weight which makes it a quick way to get yourself injured, or to screw your body up in the long term. If you must do it, do it under the guidance of a professional, who’ll be standing by to watch you closely to make sure you don’t get hurt.

Body Building

While there’s nothing inherently wrong with body building, the fad that it has become can be dangerous, mentally and physically. No longer is the motive to keep the body in great shape, it’s become to push the limits of what the body is capable of. Is it safe to assume that all those engaging in body building efforts out of their garages and warehouses are doing so safely, with spotters, at a regularly progressive speed, and without a splintering sense of ego or pride? Probably not. Just don’t go there unless you’re being logical and reasonable.

Bikram Yoga

Bikram yoga, otherwise known as hot yoga, is a quick way to put your body in a serious state of heat exhaustion or dehydration. It’s supposed to feel great as you walk into a room that’s pushing 90-100 degrees, and you stretch and hold and meditate for thirty minutes to an hour, sweating buckets all the while. Sweating isn’t bad for you, in fact it’s great; forcing your body to sweat in extreme amounts for an extended period of time? Questionable at best, especially when you consider that most people who walk in are dehydrated to begin with.

Extreme Dieting

Every time you turn around, you probably hear someone say something about their new diet. “I’ve cut carbs completely”, “I’m eating veggies only”, “I’m eating only carbs, no protein”. It all seems so extreme whether results are delivered or not. You know why? Because it is. You must bear in mind that our bodies need protein, nutrients from veggies, and even carbs in order to sustain a healthy, active lifestyle. Cutting one out may deliver quick, temporary results, but it will come at a cost.

Juice Cleanses

You won’t see anyone drop weight faster than someone doing a juice cleanse. While certain detoxes are fine, juicing for the sake of losing weight over a long period of time robs your body of a lot of the essential vitamins and nutrients it needs. Not only that, but you’re sure to gain every ounce back once you jump off the juicing bandwagon. If you want to juice, try supplementing one meal a day for a mostly veggie juice or a smoothie that contains minimal sugar.

Pole Dancing

Fitness has never been sexier, right? If you want to get in shape, just buy a stripper pole and install it yourself in the basement of your home, or in your office… the kit will come with a video and instruction guide to teach you all there is to know about pole dancing to lose weight (and maybe impress your spouse at the same time). Here’s the problem: poles come lose; you’re not coordinated enough to not get hurt; sweaty hands slip on poles; injury is likely. Just don’t do it. If you’re really interested in giving it a go, go to a professional studio.

Celebrity Fitness Gear And Videos

Just because the video has a picture of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson on the front of it doesn’t mean that you’ll have his abs if you do the workout on the video, even if he’s teaching it. Celebrities can sell nearly anything if it has their face on it. Why? Our minds associate their success as a remote possibility for us if we just buy the product. It’s an age old trick when it comes to exercise and Hollywood… don’t fall for it.

There are tons of ways to get in shape in a healthy way that are good for the body and mind. Just make sure you avoid the extremes of these sports.

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