While contemplating what the year ahead has in store for us, we decided to ask our friends over at Hip & Healthy to let us know their predicted top 5 wellness trends to look out for in 2017. After all, there's nothing quite like having a healthy start to the New Year, especially after our Christmas indulgence.
Whether you're looking to take up a new sport, or perhaps try the latest wellness treatment, the following 5 trends will ensure you're not left out of the conversation when your pals are discussing their resolutions at your next dinner party.
Dry Dinner Parties
It is not only socially acceptable not to drink at parties but the norm, as more and more people are swapping their booze-fueled Friday nights for sober social gatherings. Everyone seems to have come round to the idea that when they wake up on their weekend they actually want to enjoy it and not sleep through the entire thing. Following on from the morning sober rave trend, dry dinner parties are a way for everyone to get together, eat good food, have tons of fun and go home feeling great too. Why not try hosting your own, after all if there was ever a time to experiment with this trend its Dry January.
Athleisure at Work
As activewear manages to work its way into the wardrobe of women everywhere, it is more and more becoming the choice of style for everyone, in every situation. This is because not only is it super comfortable to wear, but the technology surrounding activewear fabric and design means that it works with your body in the best way possible so that you don’t have to worry about being too hot or cold. We know that it is stylish (and if we didn't know that, the fact that everyone from top designers such as Mara Hoffman, Tory Burch and Charlotte Olympia to top celeb royalty, such as Beyonce and Rhianon have their own collections, confirms it). It is also getting increasingly smart which makes it office-wear acceptable. People are living more active lives but are also finding that they have less time so they want their kit to take them from work to workout seamlessly. And so brands have been answering their prayers with lifestyle pieces that perform both in and out of the office.
Infrared saunas use infrared heaters to emit light, which is absorbed by the surface of the skin, and they are said to have a variety of health benefits such as easing pain, helping remove toxins (they make you sweat - a lot) and even healing ailments like arthritis. The Mayo Clinic reported that several studies have looked at using infrared saunas in the treatment of chronic health problems and found benefits. However, larger and more-rigorous studies are needed to confirm these results. In the meantime, they are popping up all over the states having been a staple in Europe and Asia for years and we have a handful of the ‘pods’ here in London (Try Pur in Notting Hill) but we have word that more are on their way. Jennifer Anniston, Gwyneth Paltrow and even Vogue are all fans.
Over the past few years we’ve seen a huge increase in just about every sport from Boxing to Spinning, Cardio to CrossFit, apart from swimming. That was until now. 2017 is the year of the fish, well actually it's not, it’s the year of the chicken, but it should be the year of the fish because swimming clubs and aqua related sports are going to be creating major waves in the sports industry this year. We tend to take most of our health trends from either the states or Sydney and in the past - the British weather has never been all that conducive to getting people swimming. But we don’t know if the weather is getting warmer (cue global warming fear) or we are just getting hardier but more and more people seem to be braving the bracing temperatures of outdoor lakes and lidos. Also - more aqua related activities such as Sup Yoga and AquSpin are also taking off.
Fighting Food Waste
Finally, did you know that almost 50% of the total amount of food thrown away in the UK comes from our own homes. We throw away 7 million tonnes of food and drink every year and what's more we could have eaten more than half of this. So, whilst we are predicting that fighting food waste is going to be a big trend this year – it is also a very necessary one! Chef, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, started his war on waste by challenging the supermarkets to drastically reduce the amount of waste they generate, and whilst his campaign is amazing and must absolutely be supported – there is a lot more we could be doing at home, and we will be in 2017! We predict that we will see an increase in the conversation around the topic from the major health and food bloggers out there, not to mention new ones popping up showing us how we could all be a bit savvier when it comes to buying and prepping our meals from scratch. But why not get ahead of the trend and start researching what you can be doing to help now. Check out cookingonabootstrap.com or http://www.lovefoodhatewaste.com/blog for some inspiration to get you going.
So which, if not all, of the above trends do you think you'll be adopting this year? We're willing to try a bit of early morning swimming in our local lido, but only if we're greeted with a cup of hot coffee as soon as we're finished.
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