Is gluten-free the new low-carb? Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley--therefore, just about every bread--and can cause severe reactions in sufferers of celiac sprue. Others believe it leads to general gastrointestinal distress.A whopping 700 new gluten-free foods were added to this $1.75 billionmarket in 2007--only 214 were added in 2004.
For people seeking a lifestyle fix rather than a meal plan or workout regimen,wellness coaches focus on the whole shebang--stress, timemanagement, diet and fitness--to encourage personalized, sustainable, healthy behaviors. Both individuals and corporations hire wellness coaches, who can charge anywhere from $60 to $150 an hour, says Margaret Moore, 50, founder of Wellesley, Massachusetts-based coach training and certification programWellcoaches Corp.Wellcoaches, which is accredited by the American Council on Exercise, trained only 100 coaches in 2003; it trained 1,000 last year and is on track to increase those figures by 20 percent this year.
These cleverly designed sandals have a uniquemidsole that the company says gives yourmuscles a better workout than plain old walking. Forty-year-old founder Marcia Kilgore (of Bliss Spa fame) has a bona fide hit on her feet: Oprah gave it her "Favorite Things for Summer" seal of approval, and 1.5million pairs were sold just from January through August of this year.
BOSU Balance Trainer:
Exercise balls promote balance but can turn a workout into a circus act. The BOSU--an inflatable half-dome--takes the roly-polyness out of your balancing act, which is why it has become a favorite with gyms, physical therapists, Olympic trainers and home exercisers.
Wii Fit peripherals:
Peripherals for a peripheral?This is getting a bitmeta, but that isn't stopping third-party providers fromlaunchingWii Fit add-ons likemats and covers for the balancing board, carrying cases and rechargeable battery packs.