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What's new in wellness? Trends to watch in 2016

Tried pilloxing or activated a bunch of almonds lately?   If you haven’t, more than likely you know someone who has.

With interest in healthy living at unprecedented levels, it’s a rare individual who hasn’t instagrammed a smoothie, tried a spot of mindful colouring or at least chucked some chia seeds in their kids’ choc-chip muffins.

And while it might be getting some backlash (Paleo Pete’s baby brothgate, or the “Activewear” You Tube song) the wellness trend isn’t going anywhere – and here at Bosisto’s, we think that’s a good thing.    So you’ve got the low-down at your next bootcamp session we’ve compiled a list of some of the hottest trends on the horizon.

1. “Athleisure” is fashion’s next big thing
Doing literally everything in your activewear isn’t new, as many a busy mum can attest but the trend is about to go from school pickup to catwalk in a big way.  Nike, Reebok, Adidas and Lululemon are creating fashion ranges and retailers can’t stock this hybrid sports-fashion fast enough.  Beyonce is even debuting a line for Top Shop, scheduled to hit stores in 2016.   Soon it’ll be easier than ever to gym it straight after the movies – no need to change!


2. Superfoods of the future (and the past)
While quinoa, kale and chia seeds don’t appear to be going anywhere, there are a few newcomers to the superfood family you might want to look out for.

  • Moringa – the naturally dried leaf of an African tree dubbed “the Miracle Tree”, this is one of the most nutrient dense plants on the planet, with 13 essential vitamins and minerals and 25% plant protein.   It’s now the best-selling superfood in the UK, so watch it pop up in a juice bar or smoothie mix near you.
  • Microalgae – The sea is an incredibly rich source of nutrients, and microalgae is bursting with them.  We are already familiar with Spirulina, which is a type of algae, but there are many more being discovered.
  • Millet – this ancient seed is gluten free and high in fibre, phosphorous, potassium, magnesium and folate.  As the crop is also resistant to drought and able to be planted in poor, infertile soils it may also be useful in developing countries.  Try using it like rice, as a crumb coating or as a hot porridge-like cereal.  Ideas here: http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-food/incredible-ways-to-cook-with-millet/
  • Bee pollen – It’s made up of 40% protein, half of which are amino acids that can be immediately used by the body.  Not to be confused with propolis, which is already a popular health food.

And don’t forget… while new superfoods are all the rage, the golden oldies are still just as nutritious and may be cheaper too.  Watch out for superfood backlash and a return to old-school favourites like oats, blueberries and good old broccoli … the original “supers”.

3. Sound therapy… or lack thereof
Put down your colouring books because the latest mindfulness tool is…. Music.  In LA (the source of all wellness trends, naturally) hip health-seekers are visiting what’s known as “Sound Baths”, where participants lie in a darkened room and music is played.  It’s meant to offer “deep mental and physical  relaxation” which “decreases stress response” (but we can’t help but wonder if lying on your bed with an iPod wouldn’t do the same thing).

On the other end of the scale, sensory deprivation tanks have become a thing, including here in Australia, where it’s offered in many day spas and known as “Floatation Therapy”.

You float in a water tank filled with Epsom salts, free of sound, gravity and even light (yes, it’s in total darkness).  Popular with athletes to help them get a ‘mental edge’, floating is believed to help with stress by lowering levels of cortisol and allows for a deep state of relaxation and mediation.
 

4. Aromatherapy for weight loss
The jury’s still out on this due to lack of firm evidence, but promising research is beginning to emerge about the usefulness of scent in helping curb cravings.   One study found just imagining the scent of eucalyptus oil was highly effective in curbing chocolate cravings – another study found participants inhaling various different oils experienced a greater ability to control their appetite and thus lost weight.

The theory is that the aroma interrupts the brain’s signals, disrupting the craving.

Put some eucalyptus oil on a tissue and inhale throughout the day when you feel the urge to raid the kitchen, or spray some Bosisto’s Eucalyptus Spray around your desk at work to strengthen your resolve at morning tea.  Got to be worth a try!

5. Simplifying
In 2015, chucking stuff out came back in vogue in a big way due to Marie Kondo’s runaway best-selling book, ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up’.

The ‘Kondo Method’ as it’s been coined, isn’t going anywhere and de-cluttering in order to improve one’s mindset and life will continue to gain traction in 2016.

The key is to find the few things that matter most to you and make them a larger part of your life, curating all the rest.  Keep in mind  “Does it spark joy?”.   If it does, keep it.  If not, discard it.  In a world where excess of choice has become paralysing, having less rather than more could be the key to greater peace and fulfilment.

6. Kick Butt Workouts
Thanks to the hugely popular Rhonda Rousey and 2015’s hit movie Avengers, martial arts are having a moment.  It’s not surprising fitness fans are in love: in addition to real-life skills, martial arts-based training gives an incredible metabolic workout and improves co-ordination, balance and power.  Krav Maga and Taekwondo studios are experiencing an uptick in membership while more gyms are featuring boxing or kickboxing style workouts such as Body Combat.

 

Sources:
Wellness trends to watch in 2016 -  Mindbodygreen.com

Forecast: the top fitness trends in 2016 - Men’s Fitness.com

The Superfoods of the Future – Daily Telegraph

How to use essential oils against cravings for weight loss – Realfoodswith.com

A Cognitive Experimental Approach to Understanding and Reducing Food Cravings, E. Kemps and M. Tiggemann, Current Directions in Psychological Science 2010 19:86