The wellness sector is set to boom in 2023 as more people continue to prioritize health and wellness in their lives in the aftermath of the pandemic. Several unique yet beneficial self-care trends are gaining attention on social media, while other experiences that have captured the public’s attention are being solidified as vital ongoing practices.
An increasing number of spas, gyms, and fitness studios are now taking holistic approaches to improve overall well-being, according to a recent report from American Spa. Rather than simply focusing on weight loss and muscle gain, they’re crafting mindful experiences that put mental needs at the forefront. Here are 10 emerging health wellness trends to explore.
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Long used by athletes to treat muscle soreness and promote faster recovery, cold water therapy is now being used by many people in their daily lives, whether it’s taking cold showers or going for a dip in chilly swimming spots.
Numerous studies have shown that cold water immersion can reduce inflammation, boost immune systems, and ease bouts of depression. Spas have jumped on the trend and are now incorporating cool temperatures into massage and facial treatments to help tighten the skin.
Fungi are having a moment. A rich source of protein, fiber, and antioxidants, most mushrooms contain adaptogens, which can help your body respond to stress and fatigue. The four most common medicinal mushroom varieties are lion’s mane, chaga, cordyceps, and reishi. Find them in powders, capsules, and drinks.
Finding the time to exercise is often more difficult than the workout itself. Make achieving health goals easier by sprinkling micro workouts into your daily routine. Aiming for 15 minutes of low-to-moderate intensity exercise twice a day, five times per week, has been shown to be hugely beneficial to both our health and mental well-being.
That could mean going for a brisk walk during your lunch break, doing a quick cardio circuit, or even vacuuming your home. A little can go a long way. Slotting a pair of 15-minute workouts into your day adds up to a total of 150 minutes of weekly exercise, the amount recommended by experts from the World Health Organization.
Whether it’s plant-based food and beverages or cruelty-free cosmetics and fashion, sustainable and certified vegan products are on the rise. A survey published by the Vegan Society earlier this month noted that more than half of consumers in America want to see more vegan-verified labels on beauty products.
The increasingly popular trend of sleep syncing involves adjusting your sleep cycle and tuning it with your circadian rhythm, the natural internal process that regulates your sleep-wake cycle, repeating every 24 hours. Setting a sleep schedule helps your body understand it’s time for sleep, resulting in better quality rest.
Parents know just how vital a regular bedtime routine is for a child, and it’s equally important for adults. The key to sleep syncing is creating a regular sleep routine and sticking to it. That means going to bed and waking up at the same time every day. Yes, that includes weekends.
After three years of various pandemic-related restrictions, travel is back. Vacations rooted in relaxation, self-improvement, and well-being are one of the travel industry’s fastest-growing segments. From yoga retreats in India to meditation workshops in Mexico, the world is your oyster, and a better you is just around the corner.
With hashtags like #sobercurious and #damplifestyle gaining traction on social media, enjoying alcohol in moderation is no longer stigmatized. It’s popularized. With many bars and restaurants offering elevated alcohol-free cocktails, forgoing booze has never been more delicious.
Benefits of ditching or downplaying alcohol in your life include improved sleep and recovery, a mood boost, and stronger decision making when it comes to nutrition. Last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidelines on reducing alcohol consumption, recommending that adult men over the legal drinking age limit should have only two drinks or less a day, and women should have one drink or less per day.
Want to meditate but don’t have an hour to spare? Meditation is all about quieting the mind, and there’s not actually any time requirement. A mini meditation can be accomplished in about one minute. At various moments in the day, try to take 60 seconds to stop, focus on your breathing, and center yourself. Every little bit helps.
Since touching our toes and reaching for the sun in kindergarten, stretching has been a vital part of getting physical in our lives. Now, assisted stretching is taking the act a step further with trained practitioners who can push your body in ways it’s unable to when you stretch on your own. Assisted stretching has been shown to reduce stress, increase flexibility, and decrease stiffness.
Yoga for the face is indeed a thing, and it’s not merely fun to watch on TikTok. The practice utilizes massage techniques and facial movements, such as opening your mouth as wide as possible, raising your eyebrows, and blowing raspberries, to exercise the muscles in your face, which can make it appear firmer.
Facial yoga has actually been around for years. (Annelise Hagen, a New York yoga instructor, held the first facial yoga workshop back in 2005.) Still, thanks to recently launched face yoga apps and numerous tutorials on social media, facial yoga is finally going mainstream.
Zara Eldridge is a London-based writer and producer who has contributed to The Associated Press.
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