Health and fitness have never been so in. Thanks to advancements in technology and education we are more aware than ever of the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Here we have compiled a list of the 7 biggest health and fitness trends to watch for in 2017.
1. Taking Wearables to a New Level
Wearable technology has exploded in recent years and the trend certainly won’t be slowing down in 2017. The global market for wearables in 2017 is estimated at around 4.1 billion US dollars, a four-fold increase since 2013. Along with this increase in market value, you can expect to see significant advancements in wearable technology. Commonplace step and motion trackers will be replaced with high-tech, comprehensive health monitoring systems capable of measuring vital signs, optimizing exercise strain and recovery times, and communicating with remote health devices. Interesting new technologies will include so-called “smart shoes” which provide real-time feedback on balance and weight distribution, virtual reality headsets used to enhance training experiences, and intelligent ear buds that track activity and store music for phone-free workout jams.
2. DNA Tests for Diet & Fitness
While weight loss meal plans and diet trends are certainly nothing new, they are going to get a new spin in 2017, customization based on your genetic code. Companies such as DNAFit, FitnessGenes, and FitGenes all analyze specific genes related to nutrient metabolism, dietary sensitivities, aerobic potential, and post-exertion recovery needs. The companies then provide individual reports based on the genetic analyses with recommendations for optimizing nutrition and training. While these reports are gaining quickly in popularity, the validity and usefulness remains controversial. Some experts argue that the genetic code is far too complicated to be interpreted in simple reports and that such broad recommendations are not likely to be useful. Furthermore, according to an article on STATnews.com, the interpretations of genetic results from several companies varied drastically, causing one to question the validity and utility of such results.
3. Antioxidants a Go-Go
Turmeric, turmeric, turmeric! Need we say more? This potent antioxidant powerhouse has proven to have anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, stimulates the immune system, and reduces rates of mutation. Research confirming the numerous health benefits of this yellow powder continues to accumulate and we will likely see turmeric being added to juices, smoothies, meals, supplements, and pretty much anything else you can think of. My particular favorite is this amazing Turmeric Latte recipe .
Other nutritive superpowers to be on the lookout for in 2017 are lucuma; a Peruvian fruit rich in beta-carotene and iron, and watermelon water; a subtly sweet alternative to coconut water chock full of antioxidants, lycopene, and potassium.
4. Socially Accepted Sobriety
If you are like most people, you have probably felt social pressure to drink alcohol at some point or another. Perhaps you just wanted to stop after one glass, perhaps you wanted to be fresh for a workout the next morning, or perhaps you just craved a clear state of mind. Far too often, our almost apologetic requests for a non-alcoholic drink are countered with enthusiastic cries, “Oh come on, just one drink. Relax a little!” And often, we cave.
Fortunately, general awareness for health and wellbeing is on the rise and it is becoming more acceptable to socialize sober. In 2017, you can expect to see a wider variety of health-conscious, alcohol-free options, and a greater emphasis on mindful, authentic social interactions. We can look forward to a broader selection of organic juices, artisan waters, and colorful kombuchas at bars, cafes, and clubs. Cheers to health!
Shapeless, black workout wear is a thing of the past and we couldn’t be happier about it. In recent years, fashionable high quality performance wear has become immensely popular with brands like Nike, Adidas, and Lululemon fueling the trend. Many of us love the bold colors and stretchy, dynamic fabrics, but still feel uncertain about strutting into the office in running tights and sneakers. The solution has been found in 2017: Athleisure.
Athleisure is defined in the Merriam-Webster dictionary (yes, it’s in the dictionary!) as ‘casual clothing designed to be worn both for exercising and for general use’. In other words, the lines separating what was once appropriate for the gym and for the office are starting to blur. Companies like Betabrand are creating professional, yet comfortable pieces perfect for that lunchtime lotus. Throw on a fashion-forward fitness tracker like a Ringly smart bracelet and you can seamlessly slip from the office to the mat and back again. The best part about this trend? Comfort!
6. ASMR, the Online Relaxation Revolution
Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) is a sensory phenomenon characterized by a tingling sensation on the scalp and back accompanied by feelings of deep relaxation. You may have experienced ASMR at the hairdresser, when someone tickles your back, or even when the school nurse carefully parted your hair to check for lice. In recent years, so-called ASMR artists have been creating YouTube videos; particularly created to trigger an ASMR response. ASMR popularity and interest has since exploded. In 2017, as awareness of this YouTube sensation spreads, we will likely see a greater variety of ASMR videos with unique triggers and in multiple languages. Curious? Try watching this video to see if you are ASMR sensitive.
7. Sustainable Eating
More and more consumers are stopping to consider where their food comes from, how it was produced, and what impact it may have on the environment. In 2017, even more emphasis will be placed upon sustainable living, environmental awareness, and resource conservation particularly in regards to farming and food products. Companies will take more care to prevent unnecessary waste by reusing food components typically thrown away.
Want to do your part to contribute to the sustainable movement? Organizations like the EatWellGuide can help you make more sustainable choices when it comes to eating out or grocery shopping in your local area.
The Wellness Revolution With a Worldly Twist
The new year brings with it not only new trends, but also innovative ideas and replenished motivation. This year will be one of high-tech fitness, high-power antioxidants, and highly mindful lifestyle choices. Nutrition, fitness, and wellbeing will be hotter than ever before as more and more individuals take stock of their health and strive for a holistic lifestyle. Increased interest in sustainable living combined with more meaningful social interactions will undoubtedly have a significant impact on modern society. The wellness revolution will continue to flourish, this time focusing not only on the health of an individual, but also that of groups, societies, and the planet. They are, after all, deeply interconnected. So cheers to a happy, healthy new year for all!