For almost a decade, awareness about nutrition lifestyle and fitness has been drastically growing as well as technological advancement.
2020 seems to be a year starting us to a decade of delicate mixture between advanced technological awareness and deep ancient healing.
Without further ado, let’s get straight into the 12 health and wellness trends to keep an eye on in 2020.
1. Mindful Snacks Shopping
Since the awareness of the importance nutrition has on our overall wellness has been ever-growing in the past decade, more people this year are opting to find more fresh nutritious snacks around supermarkets.
2020 is the year of fresh food that is also convenient – hence, instead of snacking on granola bars, chips or regular snack packs; pick something that goes more along the lines of:
- Probiotics Rich Foods and Drinks
- Dairy Alternatives
- Smoothies and Yogurt
- Protein Bars
- Preservative-free Foods
- Whole Foods
2. Keto Diet
Today, there’s no dietary plan with as many spotlights as the Keto diet.
The Keto diet has proven itself to be more than effective that it looks like it’s here to last.
Let’s have a closer look at what a Ketogenic or “Keto” diet entails!
The Keto diet pertains to its effectiveness due to the high fat count and low carbohydrates intake. Fat makes this diet satiating while reducing carbs intake paves the way to the body in entering a state called Ketosis.
Ketosis is when the body focuses on burning fat into energy and Ketones in the liver, which seems to be good for impeccable brain function.
3. Restorative Biohacking
Restorative Biohacking is not a new way to computer hacking; however, it is about becoming more mindful when in the restorative phase of a workout – post-workout.
Almost all the gyms and fitness studios have always been focusing on how to make the most out of a session, forgetting that the outcome starts implementing itself after the workout is over.
In 2020 the fitness industry is focused on generating restorative services targeting nutrition, sleep, stress management, and overall healing; in order for the body to achieve its maximum potential.
In 2020, living sustainably continues to be of great importance for many people around the world.
In fact, more and more people, as well as businesses, are making movements such as zero-waste packaging, sustainable farming and sustainable fashion the main priority.
5. Intermittent Fasting
Looking for a life hack encompassing multiple benefits, all while being highly backed up by research in proving it to be the way to a longer and healthier life?
The answer is Intermittent Fasting!
Here Are a Few of Many Benefits of Intermittent Fasting
- Protects against diabetes
- Protects against cardiovascular disease
- Reduces body fat
- Reduces blood pressure
- Reduces inflammation
- Delays activation of degenerative disease
- Slows down the effects of degenerative disease
- Allows body cells, tissue and organs to resist stress and diseases caused by aging
How Does IF Work?
Fasting causes the dropping of Glycogen reserves. When there’s a Glycogen lack in the body, fat is released into the bloodstream and immediately converted into energy for the brain and body.
The key to make IF work is to fast for approximately 12 – 24 hours since all the effects start showing up within 18 hours of fasting; hence, the body enters a Ketosis state and reaps the benefits of it.
6. Mindful Digital Wellness and Digital Detoxing
Yes! This trend is to start using digital devices mindfully…
Digital devices have come to be an inseparable part of our daily lives.
Studies have come to prove that overexposure to digital technology is directly linked to sleep disorders, stress, burnout, anxiety, and depression.
At this point, we find that developing a healthier relationship with our devices is a must – we have to start considering the amount of time we spend in front of a screen every day.
Today, we can easily find the right tools to help us overcome digital addiction or simply detox from it every once in a while.
Workshops, training, and apps to track screen usage time; however, these tools are not the main key to pertaining to the detox – one can take the decision to create their rules and stick to them.
Many experts suggest that creating a balanced digital life is one of the main keys to wellness.
7. Kundalini Yoga
Yoga has already been around for centuries; however, in recent years there have been many “New Age” practices rising and becoming popular.
In 2020 Kundalini Yoga is becoming the new go-to practice for millennials around the globe.
Kundalini Yoga is basically a blend of Bakti Yoga, Shakti Yoga, and Raja Yoga; thus a Kundalini Yoga session can feel like a full therapy session once you’re off the mat.
The term Kundalini means “Coiled One”, which in Sanskrit refers to the life force energy located at the base of the spine. The Kundalini practice releases that energy, therefore unlocking the body full potential out into the world.
This one is probably the only trend that continues to be of major importance throughout the centuries since the positive effects of spending time in nature are ever more growing.
Today, due to our overly urbanized lifestyles (mostly spent indoors) – our connection to nature keeps on diminishing by time.
On the other hand, research continues to prove and indicate the majorly healing properties nature has on our physical, mental, and spiritual well being.
Connection to nature has become a vital step for our health since the urbanized lifestyle behavioral patterns of living indoors are directly linked to chronic disease, social isolation, declined emotional wellness, social anxiety, and unhappiness.
Ecotherapy, which is also referred to as “Green Therapy” and “Nature Therapy” focuses on the relationship of humans with nature.
Green Therapy helps in achieving balancing and calming effects on our overall physiology resulting in many health benefits such as:
- Lowered blood pressure
- Slowing breath
- Reduced anxiety
- Reduced depression
- Reduced anxiety
- Improved mental health
Actions such as
- Forest breathing
- Nature meditation
- Horticultural therapy (the art of planting/gardening)
- Working out in nature
Are all different ways one can practice the application of Nature Therapy.
9. Spiritual Wellness
Spirituality is acknowledging the existence of a higher power or force guiding us. Whether it be God, the Universe, Allah – one chooses a pathway to become more conscious.
Today, we find ourselves in an era when most people are looking for answers and to get to know themselves better and reconnect to their higher selves; for this, spiritual practices such as:
- Chakra balance
- Shadow work
- Energy healing
And many more practices are becoming tools for people to use in order to let the light knowledge enter their minds and truly discover themselves on a different level.
With more and more people searching for the truth and seeking enlightenment; today, experiences and practices allowing deeper connections are being sought out more than ever before.
10. Ice Baths
In Europe, the mesmerizing curing effects of bathing in cold water have been known since 1850. since then, Ice bathing has been a trend from which one reaps numerous unexpected benefits, such as:
- Destruction of abnormal tissue
- Relieving muscle pain
- Relieving headaches
- Boosting overall Immune System
This trend was originally taken as part of sports therapy – it was a regimen followed usually after intense workouts.
In 2020, this trend is making a huge comeback. Ice Baths are becoming a worldwide popular wellness practice.
So, if you’re already benefiting from cold showers, it may be time to upgrade to ice bathing, and if you haven’t tried any of all this yet, you might want to add it to your bucket list.
Sleep has always been one of the main health pillars, it has always been known that sleep deprivation is highly destructive to cognition and overall mental health; which results in weakened physical state.
Over the past year, there have been multiple devices designed with the intention of assuring the users good quality sleeping sessions.
From wearable sleep tracking devices to mood-boosting light bulbs that help people fall asleep and wake up.
The fitness scene has also been addressing sleep as part of physical wellness. Some gyms around the world have been hiring sleep coaches to assist their members with overcoming sleep issues.