Too Many Trends! Which Single Habit Stays Vital to Your Health

Written by Allison Bordewick on

With so many trends and gimmicks attempting to convince buyers to try new products and enroll in new diet programs, it’s tough to sort through the noise to determine what is actually important in living a healthy life.  

Take a look at how the trends in dieting have changed throughout the past century. It’s pretty amusing to see how drastically some things have changed, while others (Weight Watchers, for example) seem to stick around.

An infographic depicting popular diets over the last century.

Along with the changes in diet trends, fitness has certainly evolved throughout the years as well. Check out this video from Benenden UK that summarizes “100 Years of Fitness in 100 Seconds” for a quick rundown.

There’s always a new ‘health’ trend to follow, but one key lifestyle factor continues to affect our well-being: sleep. Good sleep is crucial to living a healthy lifestyle. It gives our bodies and minds a chance to heal and recuperate. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NIH) recommends the following sleep amounts:

Sleep Recommendations from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute

There are a whole host of reasons we don’t get the recommended amount of sleep. As a society, our lives are much busier now than they have been in previous years. Not to mention the increased usage of cell phones/tablets and the many social media platforms that distract us from getting the sleep we need when it’s bedtime. Sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea, can also make it difficult to get a good night’s sleep. But, thanks to advances in sleep therapy, small, portable devices are making it easier for people with sleep apnea to get the sleep therapy they need wherever they go.

Traditional CPAPs can be big and bulky, making it difficult to travel with them and forcing people with sleep apnea to choose between their sleep therapy and travel. The line of small, lightweight, portable CPAP devices from Transcend® miniCPAP™ gives people with sleep apnea the freedom to sleep anywhere. These new mini travel CPAP machines deliver the performance of big in-home devices at about the size of soda can, making them easy to pack into a briefcase or purse for travel.

We’ve come a long way from cigarette diets and belt massagers. Health education is more readily accessible through the internet, making it easier for people to make informed decisions about their health and lifestyles. And advances in medical devices continue to trend towards consumer lifestyle to give those who need therapy the freedom to live their lives and stay healthy.

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