Fitness

Published: Monday January 20, 2014 MYT 4:18:00 PM
Updated: Monday January 20, 2014 MYT 5:13:14 PM

Healthy short forms: 4 acronyms you should know to become a fitter you in 2014

Want to achieve a healthy body and a happy soul, but you’re so busy and you really don’t have the time? These four acronyms will help set you on the right path in 2014.

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, acronyms – like FTW or for the win – are so ubiquitous in our chats that it has altered the way we express ourselves. A few – like YOLO or you only live once – have for better or for worse emerged as reaffirming mottos. In that spirit, we’ve picked four acronyms predicted by experts to be the top fitness and nutrition trends of 2014. From yoga on water to deliberately missing parties, these short forms advocate simple, sustainable strategies for maintaining a happy and healthy lifestyle.

H.I.I.T.

High Intensity Interval Training appeared in 2007, but the principle of it has been around since 1966. Almost five decades ago, Japanese professor Izumi Tabata compared the performance of speed skaters who trained steadily to those who trained in short intense bursts. He found that the first group maintained their level of fitness, but the second batch which followed an early version of HIIT recorded significant improvement in muscle tone, metabolism and burning fat. Typically consisting of a three to 10 repetitions of high intensity exercises, separated by medium intensity exercises, one HIIT session lasts only four to 30 minutes. Its shorter duration and equal benefits have won fans worldwide and it’s tipped to be the No. 1 fitness fad of 2014. Alas, experts warn newbies to exercise caution before taking on a HIIT: It’s taxing on the heart and joints. Beginners should train conventionally and improve their cardiovascular fitness first before starting a HIIT regimen.

S.U.P. Yoga

Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga takes the discipline out to sea for a bit of surfing. Popping up on trend-spotter lists in 2011 as flo-yo or floating yoga, SUP yoga practitioners execute movements while balancing on a paddleboard out on flat water. Doing a bendy headstand on an oversized surfboard isn’t everyone’s idea of fun, but SUP yoga has been gaining disciples across America, Australia and Europe. Its appeal lies over the ocean: SUP yogis claim their water workout does wonders for a person’s core strength and balance. Also, being out at sea is calming – and it doesn’t hurt to be Instagram friendly. Pictures and videos of female yogis posing serenely on paddleboards are all over the Internet and they look amazing. Non-swimming yogis need not fret. The Indo Yoga Board has been designed for indoor use: It has a curved uneven bottom to emulate the wobbling sensation of a real paddleboard.


The 1:1:1 Diet

One Carb, One Fat, One Protein doesn’t jump on the gluten-free, low-carb, juice-heavy, super-food diet craze. Instead, 36-year-old California-based nutritionist Rania Baytaneh advocates a sustainable eating habit, as postulated in her book The One One One Diet. She recommends believers practise a controlled approach to food intake: Munch regularly up to three meals and two snacks a day, and make sure main courses have one portion each of carbs, protein and fat. You won’t go hungry: Non-starchy veg counts as a free food item, so you can gobble up as much as you want. For snacks, reach for fruits or seeds. Naturally, the diet means nothing without exercise, but the thing about 1:1:1 is its simplicity – no obsessive counting of calories and no banned food items. Yes, that Long Island Iced Tea (up to 780 calories) and ice cream sundae on a brownie is all right as long as it’s taken in moderation.

J.O.M.O.

F.O.M.O. or the fear of missing out sounds like rubbish, but it’s a real phenomenon affecting people who feel left out of life due to the constant barrage of social media updates on parties, events and places they’re not invited to. In 2012, Dr Andrew Przybylski of the Oxford Internet Institute found the condition most prevalent among those whose basic psychological needs – feeling engaged, nurtured and acknowledged – weren’t being met. How to deal with it? Try J.O.M.O. or the joy of missing out, an iteration of Dr Danny Penman’s mindful living approach as described in his book Mindfulness: Finding Peace In A Frantic World. It encourages FOMO victims to switch off the Internet and live real life at a regular human pace. That means dropping unrealistic expectations and stopping their relentless pursuit of everything. Going offline to enjoy the simple pleasures of life sounds old-fashioned, but if Oprah likes it, then everybody should get one.

Tags / Keywords: Lifestyle, Health, health, fitness, trends, 2014, HIIT, SUP yoga, One One One Diet, JOMO

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