Each new year inspires millions of Americans to create resolutions focused on health, fitness, and general wellness. Whether personal goals include losing weight, getting toned, or simply improving the quality of one’s everyday life, there are actionable ways that help people stick to their newfound commitments.
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From at-home exercise classes, fitness vacationing, and everything in between, here are eight of the latest wellness trends that you need to try in 2020.
1. At-home workouts with hardware
Rather than joining a gym with fancy equipment, fitness fanatics can purchase specialized exercise machines that allow them to stream trainer-instructed classes at home. Brands such as Peloton, Mirror, Tonal, and Echelon offer sessions for cycling, treadmill, yoga, strength training, cardio, and more — no commute necessary.
2. Workout apps
For individuals who love working out at home, but don’t have room in their apartments for an exercise bike, treadmill, or a wall fixture, exercise apps are easy to use and convenient. Streamable and downloadable classes allow viewers to be active for however long their schedule permits, whether that’s 5 minutes, 50 minutes, or longer. Even when on-the-go, a variety of classes (dance cardio, yoga, barre, sculpt sessions, and the like) can be accessed through platforms such as The Sculpt Society, obé and FitOn, among others.
3. Probiotics and prebiotics
Going with your gut has never been so easy. Promoting health from the inside out, probiotics (live bacteria) and prebiotics (fiber) can be found in supplement capsules and foods like cereal, yogurt, and even ice cream. Now that both probiotics and prebiotics are topics of dietary conversation and found in so many forms, they’ve become less of a task to find and (happily) consume. These important components have been and will continue to be a major part of maintaining digestive health in 2020.
4. Fitness travel
While away on vacation, travelers don’t have to leave behind their workout regimens. In fact, many people are starting to plan their entire vacations around their favorite workouts. Yoga retreats, bootcamps, and a variety of other fitness travel programs are becoming more and more popular. These workout-centered getaways are coordinated by organizations and fitness instructors, respectively, in domestic and international locations. They allow passionate participants to stretch their legs, gain muscle and perspective, and explore the world — all at the same time.
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6. Intermittent fasting
While intermittent fasting can sound intimidating, this trend that popped up in 2019 will extend into the new decade. Meals are eaten at specific time periods, and there’s no snacking during intermittent fasting (although water and coffee are allowed). The 16/8 regimen, for example, means individuals fast for 14 to 16 hours and restrict their eating window to eight to 10 hours, according to PubMed. Some people use this method to successfully lose weight, even though it doesn’t entail a specific calorie count or restrictions on certain foods.
7. Sleep accessories
Most adults require seven to nine hours of sleep, according to the Academy of Sleep Medicine and Sleep Research Society. To reach that target number, the sleep sector has exploded with product offerings such as eye masks, ear plugs, balms, monitors, apps, noise machines, and more. These accessories, inventions, and tools help people catch the ZZZs they need for rest, regeneration, and a plethora of health benefits, and keep a regular sleep schedule. After all, who doesn’t love a good night’s sleep?
8. Concierge wellness
Instead of guessing what you may (or may not) need to consume or questioning the habits you should adopt (or eliminate) in your day-to-day life, custom wellness solutions are available to
solve a variety of issues and concerns. Nutrafol’s Hair Mineral Analysis, for example, uses ICP Mass Spectrometry technology to examine hair samples for 27 minerals and metals as well as nutrient rations. With that information, a naturopathic doctor can suggest diet and lifestyle recommendations to encourage hair growth. Other wellness centers like The Well and Parsley Health take an individualized approach to prescribing wellness proposals, and therefore, close the gap between obstacles and reaching your specific goals.