Ten next-generation fitness trends

Back in high school, you were listening to 'that band's' first album before they even hit the radio because you've always been ahead of the masses.

Years later, though, your mates no longer admire your stale kale chips, Lulu tights, and coconut water, and they're LOL-ing on Facebook at your ageing fitness band and HIIT workouts.

Health and fitness is always evolving, and many next-gen food and workouts aren't snake oil, shake-weight trends. Here are a few that could positively impact your lifestyle tomorrow.

Kombucha

A Chinese health elixir, it is no longer confined to weekend health and hipster food markets. Kombucha tea is everywhere, and proponents love it for its liver, gut, joint and digestion health along with ancient use, while sceptics claim a lack of scientific evidence. The ingredients are basic – water, tea, sugar, and scoby (bacteria and yeast).

Oil pulling

An ancient Ayuverdic technique of swishing a tablespoon of oil (coconut oil seems to be popular) for 20 minutes in your mouth. The practice is meant to improve many oral health conditions as well as skin, sleep, and more.

Colonic hydrotherapy

Cleansing with pills, powders, and lemon isn't enough for some – they want to go deep into the source. Really deep. After a therapist breaches your backside with a tube, a gentle flow of water (40 litres) enters your colon to flush out harmful, unnecessary matter in your body. Cue the Barry Manilow then hold onto something real tight.

Minimalism

There are many de-clutter books, and it's making people thinking more about 'What do I actually need?' Less is more: less junk means more open space. This movement is also hitting kitchens and plates, as less food means more health.

Smart clothes

Not long ago, wearable technology was for Hollywood animators, or copying moves for FIFA video game creators, or to monitor elite athletes at the AIS. Things have changed as computer chips are woven into clothing. Smart clothes can be worn to monitor heart rate, sleep, biomechanics, body temperature and dehydration, and some are even aiming to detect cancer.

Beetroot juice

I first read about the "steroid-like" effect of beetroot juice at the London Paralympics. Western Australia researchers recently asserted that beetroot juice improved the performance of kayakers to the effect that would mean the difference between gold and silver medals. Need a pre-workout boost? Make beetroot juice your energy drink of choice.

Rowing classes

It's coming, I hope. American gyms and studios are trading spin bikes for rowing machines because rowing is a full-body, high-intensity workout. Add push-ups, sit-ups, and other bodyweight movements, and you've got Zumba plus Pump plus Spin, all turbocharged into one session.

Altitude masks

If you see Darth Vader jogging past in Lycra, it's probably somebody wearing an altitude mask. The concept is simple: mimic training at a higher altitude, and your body must work harder to perform. I wouldn't wear a mask in public, but I've trained in an oxygen-controlled room, and altitude training delivers.

Bone broth

It's possible you first heard of baby-milk-bone-broth-formula in Pete Evans' cookbook, as it caused quite a uproar. However, many adults are drinking it for gut and joint health, and the collagen that supports hair, skin, and nails. It's loaded with minerals, and it's pretty easy to make at home – bones, vegies, water, then simmer. Sounds like grandma's soup, eh?

Anti-TV

After Kim Kardashian's latest nude selfie popped up on my TV screen last week, I wanted to throw my TV out the window. I nearly did. I'll start a "Heave the Teev" movement one day. Except for picking and choosing some quality series like House of Cards or Game of Thrones, we should all be listening to more music, writing and reading, exercising, socialising, sleeping, petting dogs, and getting outdoors, all without TV's dribble poisoning our healthy souls.

Dip your toes into the healthy pool by trying one of the above (or maybe two). Just speak to your doctor or a health professional before you dive into the deep end with needles and flushing the pipes. Or, ignore them all and keep it simple – exercise more, drink more water, and cleanse your refrigerator.

Passion for lifestyle change is the cornerstone for everything Michael Jarosky does. A Sydney-based personal trainer, he cajoled thousands of Executive Style readers to undertake his 'Cut The BS' diet, and champions a charity weight-loss event, Droptober.

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