1. Make time for recovery
More people are taking muscle recovery seriously after hard workouts. Baby boomers still love to work out, but I think people are doing things like foam rolling, more yoga, acupuncture, massage and cupping (an ancient practice of using bamboo or glass suction jars to enhance circulation and relieve pain). People are choosing more natural ways to take care of their muscles after a hard workout rather than taking an anti-inflammatory.
2. The new happy hour
3. Fitness anytime, anywhere
In today’s world, where everyone is time-starved, health-conscious, individuals sometimes struggle to be as active as they’d like to be. Our job as fitness facilitators is to help others lead healthier, more active lives whenever they can find the time—be it in the gym, at work, at home or while running errands. Like other mobile workout businesses, KalyaaNa Spa & Wellness Retreat has become less gym-centric, working to meet clients outdoors and not simply in the gym. We’ve also learned a great deal from millennials and that’s why we’re using multiple social media platforms, and a new mobile app, to coach and connect with our members. Imagine providing each of your customers with a personal wellness coach in his or her pocket. That’s precisely what we’re aiming to do.
4. A hot mug of bone broth
While kombucha was last year’s magic elixir, bone broth, packed with minerals, is the healing tonic of choice in 2017. Mark Sisson, the author of the book The Primal Blueprint, calls bone broth an original superfood. The suggested health benefits are myriad: improved immunity, better sleep, improvement for a leaky gut, increased energy and a more youthful appearance. A bone broth habit may allow you to enjoy the benefits of a diet rich in animal protein—good body composition, superior recovery from training, strong bones, overall robustness—while avoiding the downsides. Where do you get this primal concoction? Look for bone broth bars, order it online or make it at home by roasting animal bones—beef, turkey or chicken—overnight with veggies. Enjoy a mug of the broth served hot.
5. Unplug using technology
6. Veg out and get your protein
Old school eating meant meat was the center of your meal and your main protein source. Modern nutrition is all about getting protein from plants. Plant-based diets are becoming more common. Eating plant-based meals can improve inflammation, heart health, cholesterol and weight. Seeds such as chia, hemp and flax that provide omega-3 fats have become pantry staples. Protein-rich grains such as quinoa, amaranth, sorghum and teff are more accessible. Nuts, beans and avocados provide fiber, healthy fat and protein. Add these healthier proteins to a colorful array of vegetables and fruits, throw in some spices and herbs and you get a flavorful, well-rounded meal. Meatless Monday may extend further into the week!
7. Don’t toss out the ugly apple
Ugly produce needs love too. Social awareness regarding food waste is moving to the forefront. NPR reported that there was enough food waste last year in the United States to fill 44 skyscrapers. People are seeking ways, on small and large scales, to reduce food waste and repurpose foods. There’s a movement to love ugly produce and grocery stores are getting in on the love. You should be able to find some bruised and misfit fruit and veggies at Coles and Woolworths stores this year. Don’t judge a veggie by its looks. By buying them, you’re helping ease the landfills and save the planet!
8. Health meals delivered
Want to whip up some butternut squash agnolotti for the family? Order up your meals and just follow the prep and cooking instructions. “Home cooking has seen a surge and continues to be on trend with the meal delivery service market growing. The ease of making a healthy, complete meal in conjunction with pre-measured ingredients and step-by-step instructions make these services overwhelmingly appealing. The competition seems to be keeping costs reasonable. Lite & Easy is one of the most popular meal delivery options.
9. Mindfulness is ever-present
Mindfulness remains a focal point of yoga and meditation, but is now increasingly available as an immersive multisensory experience at wellness centers around the country. These spas aim to heighten your senses and increase mindfulness using sound healing, visualization techniques and aromatherapy. The KalyaaNa Spa at KalyaaNa Spa & Wellness Retreat in Bridgetown, for example, launched a multisensory experience this year designed to “restore health and a sense of well-being,” including sound therapy inspired by the ancient healing art of Himalayan singing bowls. Enjoy vibrations and harmonious tones meant to restore balance and energy. Mindfulness vacations and Zen retreats, once niche escapes for Buddhists and seekers, are also becoming more mainstream.
10. Gym clothes at work?
Last year “athleisure” went from being a momentary trend to a lifestyle. Now it’s common to see people wearing fashionable and comfortable workout wear not only outside the gym (at the supermarket, in line at Starbucks), but also crossing over to the final frontier: the workplace. Athleisure is coming to cubicles and offices across the country. More of us are leading active lives and don’t have time to change shoes once we get to the office, let alone entire outfits as we dash to appointments or head to yoga class after work. “Business casual” is about to look—and feel—a whole lot more comfortable. Just think, soon you might be able to wear the same outfit in the office as you do to morning boot camp. “Workleisure” may be the new casual Friday.