What are the biggest health trends for the coming year?
There are plenty of opinions and articles flying around, highlighting everything from greater environmental awareness to chicory root. I’ve waded through rivers of text to identify seven health trends that could make a real difference to your health in the coming year.
Prioritising mental health
According to MindBodyGreen, “After a taxing year of pandemic-exacerbated mental health challenges, we know prioritizing emotional well-being is critical. Now, more than ever, we know that mental health care practices should make their way into our regular routines”.
Bespoke online fitness
One of the big things missing in 2020 was the opportunity to connect with people on a tangible level. We’re not out of those woods yet so people are going to turn to bespoke online yoga classes, etc to get that deeper connection. Scheduling one-to-one online classes is a form of self-care that boosts motivation, helps people rebound faster from injuries or time off, and enhances mood.
Immunity boosting supplements
“Alternative remedies have and are expected to continue to increase in sales in 2021. Elderberry, echinacea, astragalus, turmeric, and ginger are some of the top selling herbal supplements claimed to help boost your immune system.” Healthline.com
According to FitOn one of the biggest trends focuses on our body’s most basic need: sleep. “Recovery — with an emphasis on good, restful sleep — will be the queen bee of wellness trends. Keep your eyes peeled for more sleep trackers, sleep coaching, sleep supplements,” it notes.
Varied home yoga practices
Home yoga practice has been a necessity rather than an option for much of this year. While it has some limitations, in terms of teacher-student interaction and the buzz of being with a group of fellow yogis it does offer almost limitless opportunities to try new methods, styles, postures and practices.
Solo outdoor exercise
The pandemic has put a lot of us on a new footing with exercise. With gyms, swimming pools, yoga studios, Pilates studios, etc closed or restricted for so long, many of us have spent a lot more time walking, running or cycling. This preference for solo exercise in the fresh air will likely continue.
Virtual medical consultations
When you have to speak to a doctor or nurse, reaching for your mobile will be the new normal. With or without Covid, the additional convenience and safety of consulting with a medical professional from your own home makes this a trend that is likely to turn into a permanent fact of life.
What are your top health trend predictions for 2021? Share in the comments!