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Health trends for 2015

A new year has begun and new diets, workout styles, medicines, gadgets will create buzz. Whereas, some existing ones will of fashion or get obsolete. But we are more excited about the that hopefully should and will make their way into our lives year and change it for the better. We asked some experts what health trends they predict for 2016...

Shalini Bhargava, fitness expert, JG’s Fitness Centre

These days people don’t have the time to workout for 1.5 to 2 hours in the gym. Hence, workout styles like functional training, HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), Crossfit which take a shorter period of time but give great results will be popular.

Dance fitness like Zumba will always be in because of the fun factor. As for aerobics, it won’t get really popular but having said that, aerobics has its own share of loyal fans from before.

I don’t see water aerobics catching up that fast because usually people with issues in their knees opt for it.

In the past few years, there has been a huge shift towards yoga and Pilates. Usually, people equate sweating with an effective workout but in Pilates, you don’t really sweat however, it’s a very efficient workout. And now people are slowly realising it.

Since we lead stressful lives, there’s a lookout for connecting the mind and body, and not just physical fitness.

Another positive trend that I have recently seen growing is that more and more elderly people (age 50 onwards) have begun to hit the gyms, as they are getting fitness conscious. Also, I have seen them doing hard core stuff like boot camps. In fact, many gyms have begun to offer schemes and offers for senior citizens.

As for teens, many of them join gyms after their 9th and 10th standards. And last but not the least, there will always be male youngsters who want to get into body building and beef up like Hrithik Roshan.

Dhvani Shah, healing diets specialist, The FIMS Diet Clinic

An increasing number of people are turning to Veganism but there are side-effects to this diet and there’s increasing awareness about that too.

Also, consuming ancient grains like amaranth, sorghum, millet, quinoa have gained a lot of popularity in recent times.

Since mid-2015 a lot of people have begun reading up and following natural plant-based diet and eating raw foods. These individuals have gradually stopped consuming cooked meals.

As for diets of Indian celebrities, the most popular one is Kareena Kapoor Khan’s, ever since she became a size zero. Whatever she eats and diet she follows, people want to do that.

In terms of restaurant culture, more and more global cuisines are making their way here like Bangladeshi, Ethopian, Jordanian cuisines. Also, the ingredients used in these cuisines are being sold locally. People are also switching to salads and stir-frys from cheese burgers, fries and cola.

Superfoods like quinoa and chia seeds have already become buzz words for a while and their popularity is ever growing. In fact, quinoa is being produced in India and available easily. At my clinic, Indian quinoa can be purchased for `150 akg and foreign quinoa at Rs 400 a kg.

Speaking of trends that should be discontinued are the Elimination Diet and the Paleo Diet. The Elimination Diet clearly states that to “lose weight” or to be fit, one must eliminate a particular food group completely. The common trends are eliminating carbs or milk or fat or grains. This causes a deficiency in the body. This diet started of as a way to detect food allergies, but it has gone the wrong way. The Paleo Diet is not suitable for Indians and is a major cause of micronutrient deficiencies.

Dr Pradeep Gadge,consultant diabetologist, Gadge’s Diabetes Centre and visiting consultant at Breach Candy and Sevenhills Hospital

People have begun to use apps with which they count their daily walking steps, count calories, jotting down blood pressure and sugar levels. But in the coming year the number of users will soar further.

Abroad, you get certain iPhones which function as a glucometer. There’s an extension which one can attach to the iPhone and the phone functions as a blood sugar measuring tool. Hopefully, this would be available in India in the coming year.

The use of CGMS i.e. Continous Glucose Monitoring System should become more common. This device is fixed on the abdomen or on the back of one’s arm and it measures sugar levels every five to 15 minutes, depending on which company’s product it is, for a period of 14 days. The average cost of this is around Rs 2,500 per test. This is useful for Type 1, brittle diabetes, pregnancy diabetes.

ABPM ie. Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring is a device that monitors blood pressure every 15 minutes, and is ideal for individuals with white coat hypertension, wherein patient’s BP shoots due to anxiety. For example, in the case of IT personnel who work under stressful conditions, their BP typically soars between 11 am to 3 pm.

When we talk of lifestyle diseases we limited it to blood pressure, diabetes, heart problems and arthritis, however there’s a bigger problem that is cell phone addiction which has physical (text neck, arthritis of the hands) and mental repercussions (neurosis and even psychosis). We are going to a surge in health issues due to cell phone addiction.

Today’s young generation is suffering from unstable personality — they’re hopping from one app to the other, spoilt for too many options, there’s an overload of information. Also, they have the danger of self-diagnosis and self-medicating themselves by Googling information. Not just young, I recently encountered a female patient in her early 60s who is addicted to WhatsApp and Facebook.

Ms. Madhuri Dixit Nene :

Shalini is truly an excellent trainer. She is the perfect combination of tough and soft, She is skilled, thoughtful, sensible, and a pleasure to work with and talk to. She knows just how and when to encourage and when to push, and when to take a step back. Owing to her combination of diverse training methods, individualized exercise programs challenging yet achievable goal setting, a simple to follow diet plan and personal efforts, I am stronger and more flexible, I have better balance and endurance and most importantly, working out has become fun.

Dr. Shri Ram Nene :

Knowledgeable, Competent, Professional and Dedicated are what I would say for Shalini. She is quick in understanding individual goals and hence forth providing advice and varied programs. She uses a holistic approach, incorporating flexibility, strength, posture, balance, endurance along with promoting a healthy eating regime. She is encouraging without being “soft” and a great motivator. Most importantly – she ensures that the moves are done correctly and reinforces how it will benefit . Her professionalism, extensive knowledge and enthusiastic commitment to her work and ultimately her clients, provides the perfect scenario for success and sets foundations for a new healthier lifestyle! Highly recommendable!!!

Dr Dimple Shah :

I joined JG`s gym for ante-natal exercise and probably this was one of the best decision during pregnancy. Anupa, my trainer, exactly knows the regime a pregnant woman needs to follow. Her exercises kept me fresh through the day and my fitness improved post joining the class. She is very attentive and motivated me on days I felt tardy. Her flexibility with timing allowed me to go to gym when I was in comfortable doing exercise - this is a serious plus during pregnancy. Thanks a lot Anupa!

Dr Gitanjali :

JGs is a fantastic gym and work out centre.It`s is not only clean and hygienic , it`s ambience is very inducive for a good workout. The trainers are friendly and very motivating. In addition , there are a variety of group workouts which make it all the more interesting and I`m never bored working out. It`s been 3 years and am still going strong. I have not only attained my desired weight but I have also become physically stronger , energetic and well toned. This has really boosted my self confidence especially when I have to dress up.

Dr. Sanjay Sharma :
Director Asian Cancer InstituteProf. Surgical Oncology Lilavati & Bombay Hospital, Mumbai

JGS is heaven on earth for all fitness lowers and motivates those who desire to do so. This Centre and its management provides such an unbelievable environment which gives so much positive energy & makes you addicted to stay there longer.

It has meaningful, wonderful, newer equipment and above all class very professional, helpful trainers who guide you to do targeted, correct energizing newer exercise regime which no gym that I have visited in India and abroad provides.

I have myself got absolutely fit increasing my lean weight, shedding my flab which I never achieved in previous stints at other places, this in spite of my spending limited time here due to my busy professional schedules, this improved fitness has allowed me to concentrate more on my longer surgeries without getting tired.

I would strongly recommend everyone to stay fit & happy, please join JGS.

Dr. Priti Modi :

10 years and still going strong! My journey has been of a person who prior to 2006 did anything besides exercise to lose weight, to a person who wants to exercise everyday to kickstart a healthier day, for a healthier life. My sister in law, Reshma pushed me to join (thanks to a free 1-month trial coupon) and the JGs team members ensured that it becomes a part of my life. All the trainers are superb at JGs but my major experience has been with Anupa, Shalini, Sangeeta and Vijendra. Shalini has ensured that her dedication to fitness has rubbed off on all her team members. Each one of them is as dedicated and as strict as her in ensuring that we are regular and give our best while exercising. I always share with my family and friends that I just need to reach the gym, after that the trainers ensure I give my best. JGs has also been hugely instrumental in transforming my son, Nihar, from a chubby kid to a 20 year old with 6 pack abs. Thanks Shalini and team JGs, super job, well done, keep it up.

Rohan N Gajjar, Tennis Player :

“Very Good facilities and equipment with expert trainers.Friendly and fun environment to work out in”

Sneha Jaisingh :

I have been regular at JG’S for the past 2 years. Whether it’s the Group X or the gym, they offer something to suit everyone. The energy of the trainers is absolutely infectious. You wouldn’t want to miss a day at the gym because Shalini and the team have a way of getting you addicted to workout and a healthy life.

Sandeep Soparrkar, Choreographer :

'JGS is a gym for complete health & fitness activity. Their friendly trainers guide you at every step and help you fix a healthy goal. I am really happy to be a part of JGS and recommend it to people who are looking for serious fitness'

Gopi Kukde, Advertising Guru :

"A gym is a gym. But JG's is different. It got something that makes people comfortable. More than ten years of my association with JG's says it all!"

Kishori Kukde, Advertising Guru :

" The systematic, rhythmic and thoughtfully designed workout; is what I love about JGs. The atmosphere there is kind of "feel at home". I have been a member of JGs for more than 10 years and even today I have same enthusiasm towards JGs. The credit goes entirely to JGs for it`s 360° wholesome Fitness programs.