Another day, another spin class? Ho hum. Try something new to breathe much-needed life into a routine that's feeling stagnant. We've rounded up some of the latest (science-backed) health trends for you to check out.
See something that sparks your curiosity? Test it out! Maybe a few of these fun new ways to care for yourself will be a good fit for you.
#1: Plant-Based Eating
Plant-based eating is not new, think "meatless Mondays," but having a more produce-focused plate is becoming more popular, especially with all of the climate issues. Items like meatless burger, faux eggs and vegan fish are foods that will be very popular during this year of plant-based meat alternatives.
Plant-based or plant-forward eating patterns focus on foods primarily from plants. This includes not only fruits and vegetables, but also nuts, seeds, oils, whole grains, legumes and beans.
#2: Virtual Training Technology At Home
We've all seen the commercials for advanced home workout machines. They work by using virtual training program technology, meaning you don't have to go to a gym for an intense workout anymore.
Commercial programs like Mirror and Tonal bring a gym and trainer to your home. The programs are individually personalized for you that brings expert instruction, real-time optimization and customized playlists. They do not take up much space, so you can turn any area of your home into a personal fitness studio.
Companies like Peloton and Zwift bring indoor cycling into your home and you can join a live-stream or on-demand classes.
"Home workouts are a great way to start and maintain an active lifestyle. Given all of our busy lives, the more convenient, time saving and cost friendly our workout regimen is, the more likely it is to succeed," said Ryan G. Taylor, DO, CAQSM, a sports medicine physician at Franciscan Physician Network Sports Medicine Specialists Indianapolis.
All of the products have apps that will track your heart rate distance ad even results and they are compatible for wearable devices.
#3: Wearable Devices Help You Know Your Numbers
Products like Apple Watches and Fitbit's aren’t exactly new, but with new technology, that market for these gadgets is rising. Years ago, the main functionality of these devices was tracking steps, now they bring healthcare to our fingertips.
Information that used to only be available from a lab or clinical environment is now available on your wrists, like heart rate and sleep tracking. They may even predict whether you'll be getting sick soon.
According to a new Scripps Research Translational Institute study published online in The Lancet Digital Health, resting heart rate and sleep data collected from these devices can help with timely and accurate models of population-level influenza trends.
This study shows that the devices have continuous sensors that measure temperature, blood pressure ECG and more and all of this data will help improve the ability to identify population and even individual-level influenza activity on a daily basis, rather than a weekly basis.
According to Carrie Fleming, manager of Franciscan Health Center in Schererville, stated that this trend is important. “Getting users to understand that it is more than just getting in your 10,000 steps and making sure you are measuring what needs to be measured such as % of heart rate, calories burned and amount of energy/effort used,” Fleming said.
Being tired isn't just an annoyance it's a public health epidemic. According to the CDC, the epidemic reflects the growing concerns regarding to the dangers associated with insufficient sleep.
Not getting the recommended amount of sleep can damage to your physical appearance and mental health. Because of this, sleep is very popular in the health and wellness world these days. This year expect to see a lot of advertisements on the importance of getting enough sleep, from employers to doctors and even personal trainers.
Importance of naps
Those of us who can't get shut eye until late may need to revisit the ideas of naps. Nap bars are popping up in metropolitan areas. These are places where professions can take a quick power nap during the workday for a membership fee.
Nap pods in the workplace are also being seen more. Napping used to be frowned upon, but with sleep becoming an important trend, be on the lookout for companies having designated areas for naps.
#5: Recovery-Focused Training
Intense workouts are becoming popular, but how do you recover after all that hard work? There are different trends that may be very popular this year including, meditation, acupuncture and acupressure.
Meditation is good for boosting emotional wellness and can help people stay positive for longer periods of time. Mindfulness meditation helps you zero in on your thoughts and images as they appear to you.
Moving meditation is a form of exercise that combines fitness with meditation. These include:
- Yoga. This focuses on breathing, movement, and posture to help you relax and control stress.
- Tai chi. This form of meditation combines slow, gentle movements and deep breathing.
- Walking meditation. With this method, you slow down your walk. Then you can focus on your steps and the movement of your legs and feet.
According to Fleming there are also other ways to go through recovery training including:
- Proper Cool Down and stretching. This helps with muscle tightening, flexibility, soreness and injury prevention.
- Foam Rolling. Either having dedicated classes just to foam rolling and/or making sure you end every personal training session with foam rolling and educating the members around the importance of foam rolling and breaking up the myofascial membrane.
- HydroMassage. Assists with post workout muscle recovery, soreness and relaxation.
#5: Making Mental Health A Priority
Mental health is not something that has just been discovered, but it is more talked about today from tv shows and movies to employers being encouraging about the topic. Having anxiety or depression used to be looked at as a weakness in people, but things are shifting. Mental health is becoming mainstream.
It is no longer an embarrassment, but now people can openly admit to suffering from things like anxiety and finding the right help. Society is taking this issue and making it more acceptable.
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