Last year was all about online fitness, massage guns, and all-milk. So, what’s next in the world of wellness? Health crystal ball on …
It should come as no surprise that many upcoming wellbeing trends have emerged from the seeds of COVID, but there is also a strong sustainability focus. Sarah Owen, a futurist and social scientist behind the global trend group Soon Future Studies, says, “We have realized that 2020 is a ‘make or break’ decade in mitigating humanity’s impact on Earth, while noticing the fallout from the pandemic.” means we’re looking for comfort, community and sense of well-being. ,
Add a dash of innovative technology, and everything from workouts to chilling out is getting a 2022 makeover. Your sneak peek is ahead.
Head to Clockwork Spa in San Francisco and you’ll find a nail painting robot, while in nearby Oakland, a robotic eyelash technician does the removal. while we’re not in transformer Areas Yet, spa treatments minus human therapists are on the rise. City Cave will have 50 float rooms where you will float with your ideas for the company across the country by early 2022. And solo spas like Bondi’s Slow House give you body scrubs and massage oils before sending you to the sauna or ice bath. , Social distancing is the obvious trend trigger, but “we’re constantly surrounded by people these days, so have a place where you’re not completely influenced by others,” says Slow House founder Natasza Higham.
Are you ready for this? Boxing-workout Rumble is set to open its first studio in Australia in early 2022. Giant in America, where the likes of Hailey Bieber and Selena Gomez wear gloves, has chic studios, projections of the wall, to teach combinations and curated playlists. Keep you motivated “Her motto is style, sophistication, and sweat,” says Emma Levy of Boutique Fitness Studio, Rumble’s parent company. At least 17 sites have been identified in NSW, Victoria and Queensland, with the brand planning to open 100 here over the next five years. doyourumble.com.au
Working from home has put commuting on hold for many of us, and although we don’t miss our neighbor’s next train, our bodies aren’t loving the inactivity. Physiotherapists say this is contributing to aches and pains, while experts from the UK’s University College London suggest that skipping travel can also increase our stress levels as we mentally shift from work to home mode. miss the chance. Oh. How to start creating those boundaries? Foxmuting, aka Fake Commuting. “Before and after work, go out for a short walk, cycle or run, or just spend 15 minutes doing something you enjoy,” said Joseph Devlin, professor of experimental psychology at UCL. Morning Coffee kicks off with a podcast, We’re Coming to You.
Tracking goes to the next level
You’re already BFF with your smart watch, but a new wave of innovation will make you love it even more. Take the new Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 ($449, samsung.com). Not only can it track workouts, it also measures your blood pressure and heart rate and rhythm with features approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration. There are also techniques for alerting loved ones if you fall during exercise.
Also expect to see more ‘listening’ devices worn in or over our ears, in the tracking space– A good place to monitor heart rate, oxygen saturation level, brain activity, etc. We will also see an increase in sound used as a tool of well-being. “Sounds and vibrations have a lot of healing power,” Owen says. One of the first ‘hearables’ available here is Cocoon’s NightBuds Sleep Headphones ($339.99, au.kokoon.io) – they play music to help monitor and drift electrical activity in the brain to track sleep stages .
Chances are you’re already in with the Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR for its companions) material, in which producers use whispering voices or tapping sounds to trigger a sense of pleasure or relaxation in the audience. Will see more growth this year Scene ASMR, with videos of people turning, squeezing or cutting everything from sand to fluoro-colored mud. “There has been little research in this area because it is so new, but there is a rhythmic pleasure to these activities that can produce a relaxing response similar to sound-based ASMR,” explains psychologist Professor David Ailes from the University of Sydney. Get your fix via Molly Mash on TikTok and YouTube, or via @soundsandchannel on Instagram.
Using MDMA to Support Mental Health May Take a Little nine perfect strangers But it is coming – and with the approval of some scientists. A potentially upcoming change to how psychedelic drugs are classified in Australia could allow their use alongside psychotherapy in the treatment of mental health concerns including PTSD and depression, said Tania Dee, director of Mind Medicine Australia. Jong, a charity championing this approach. So watch this space.
Any aspiring psychologist, psychiatrist and GP will need training in technology, so if you need advice or support for mental health, it is always best to contact your GP or an organization like Beyond Blue (beyondblue.org). .au; 1300 22 46 36 )
Wellness-Based Urban Design
Shares Owen, “Developing a relationship with your community has strong wellbeing benefits and urban planners are trying to create cities that allow this more easily.” “One concept is 15-minute cities where all you need to live well – shopping, medical care, education, entertainment and green spaces where neighbors can chat – are a short walk from your home. Paris does that. and Melbourne plans to have 20-minute neighborhoods by 2050.”
In the meantime, build your micro-community right now by shopping and socializing closer to home. “Many of us started living more locally during lockdown and we shouldn’t let that go,” Owen says.
Eating a climate diet (which involves reducing meat intake and choosing foods grown with less water) is being discussed. At least two US fast food chains now offer climate-friendly suggestions on their menus, and we’ll see more brands including carbon-footprint stats on packaging. “We know that labeling changes people’s behavior,” says Sophie Scott, a nutritionist and environmental scientist at the Endeavor College of Natural Health. “Oat milk brand Oatly was about to embrace this idea by labeling its packaging with carbon footprint details, but expect that to increase.” For now, download the free One Small Step app to track your plate footprint.
We’re talking about foods tailored to your body’s individual health and wellbeing needs. The movement is led by Israeli snack bar company MyAir. Customers track their mood and stress levels through an app and a smartwatch, then the brand mixes personalized bars with additional botanicals based on specific needs—from hops for calm to rosemary for focus. Also coming this year is Yogurt, a DIY yogurt maker that lets you customize breakfast favorites to your personal taste—and, in the future, create a tailored bacteria blend to support your gut health.