Wellness trends come and go. Some survive, some, usually the stranger, not really based on science but on profits for people peddling certain products trends, die out within a year or so. And while it is true that more than a little of the ‘wellness advice’ you might come across is rather suspect much of it is worth paying a little more attention to if you are interested in improving your own health in 2019.
With all of this in mind, here is a look at the Top 3 Wellness Trends of 2019
One of the biggest ‘excuses’ people use for not making an extra effort to work out more is that they lack the time. High-Intensity Training – also known as HIIT – removes that excuse and, according to many medical and physical education experts, offers a great way for anyone to up their fitness levels.
The premise behind HIIT is a relatively simple one. A HIIT workout combines very short bursts of intense activity with even shorter periods of rest. This the name. And because you are pushing yourself to your physical limits, these workouts are designed to be shorter, usually not passing the 30-minute mark.
HIIT training can be applied across a wide range of physical activities. Running, swimming, and cycling, as well as strength training with exercises like burpees, squats, and push-ups are all popular choices.
Matcha is a form of powdered green tea that has been popular in Asia for decades and now this bright green powder is conquering the rest of the world – South Africa included – as well. It is packed full of vitamins, antioxidants and metabolism boosting EGCGs. It’s basically the same green tea that wellness experts have been encouraging people to try for decades, but on steroids.
Matcha can be found right now in cafes, restaurants, health food stores and increasingly supermarkets in many different forms. Matcha teas. Icecreams. Matcha desserts. Matcha smoothies. And the good news is that in addition to offering health benefits most of these things taste pretty good as well. One word of warning though. Matcha is naturally caffeinated, more so than standard green tea, so it is not something to consume, in any form, too close to bedtime.
Meditation Goes Mainstream
Meditation is hardly new. In fact, it’s been practiced for thousands of years. However, it is no longer considered a ‘weird’ or ‘hippie’ practice in the way it once was. Corporations all over the world – including here in the USA- are adding formal meditation sessions to their in-house wellness programs. Open air yoga and meditation is becoming a thing, with parks across the country hosting such sessions on a regular basis. And the number of meditation apps in the smartphone app stores has reached an all-time high.
The good news though is that to take up meditation – which offers both mental and physical benefits to almost anyone – is not hard and it need not cost you anything. All you really need is a quiet space, a few extra minutes and something to focus on.