HEALTH AND WELLNESS TRENDS FOR 2016

Health-Trends-by-Amber-Walker_WP

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IN: Health Programs that TEACH you about personal nutrition and fitness

OUT: 12 week challenges that dictate what you do

People are beginning to realise that to achieve permanent lasting results, they need to be knowledgeable in nutrition and fitness in order to make informed decisions about what is best for their personal needs.

Doing challenge after challenge will deflate anyone’s motivation and before you know it, you’re in the ‘old ways’ lane once again digressing from the prescribed routine (and feeling rather guilty about it too). This year is about learning the tools to make decisions about your own personal health, not a one-size fits all approach.

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IN: Real food in all forms

OUT: Complete raw food diet

The Raw Food craze was hugely popular in 2015, but in 2016 we will see a move toward a more relaxed approach to the consumption of raw food.

While the benefits of eating foods close to or in their natural state is widely publicised, eating raw is not always better for us. Sometimes food is actually easier to digest when it is cooked. Real, whole food will never go out of fashion but this year we will see a redirection towards listening to our bodies and learning when our body needs cooked foods and when it needs raw foods.

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IN: Connecting with nature

OUT: Technology assisted training

From DIY Meditation MP3s, fitness apps and Youtube personal training sessions, the rise of technology-assisted training has been a rapid one. Consumers are flooded with choice when it comes to apps and gadgets designed to assist with health, fitness and relaxation.

In 2016, gadgets will remain popular, but we will see a big trend towards moving our health and fitness pursuits outdoors and reconnecting with nature. The benefits of interaction with the great outdoors for the mind, body and spirit are plentiful. As we spend more time at work, in front of our computers and connected to technology, the basic human desire to be among the fresh air and plant life will gain full momentum this year.

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IN: Turmeric Latte

OUT: SOY Latte

When the shift away from dairy was all the rage, drinks such as Soy Lattes skyrocketed in popularity. In 2016, as people become more health conscious and nutritionally educated, the Soy Latte will be eclipsed by the new kid on the block, the Tumeric Latte.

When it comes to nature’s super foods, turmeric tops the list.

Turmeric has long been used in Chinese and Indian cultures as a powerful natural medicine, considered an anti-inflammatory agent to treat a wide variety of conditions.

For starters, turmeric:

  • Is a natural anti-inflammatory compound
  • Dramatically increases the antioxidant capacity of the body
  • Is linked to improved brain function
  • Is said to lower your risk of heart disease and help prevent cancer

If you are yet to try a Turmeric Latte, there is no reason to despair. They will soon be on the menu of every hipster café and coffee shop from Melbourne to Darwin.

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IN: Community veggie patches

OUT: Mainstream supermarkets

2016 is all about the community veggie patch and we will see them pop up all over the country in varied forms. Think large communal gardens shared by one suburb, neighbors growing individual patches and sharing produce, or nature-strips lined with vegetables free for the taking. Fresh community grown and shared produce is a fast growing trend not just in Australia, but also all over the world.

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IN: Adventure / Active holidays

OUT: Lounging by the pool all day with cocktails

 This year the health movement will feature much more leisure time. Adventure holidays were on the rise in the second half of 2015 and will continue to climb in popularity throughout 2016. From surf schools in exotic locations, to off-the-trail hiking trips and deep sea diving adventures, people will start choosing holiday destinations and packages that take them back to nature and get the adrenaline pumping instead of lounging by the pool all day.

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