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The last few years have been filled with a lot of growth, especially when it comes to how we care for our physical and mental well-being. Staying healthy has become a top priority and the ways we do that continue to evolve.
Wellness is no longer limited to physical fitness alone. These days, there are countless ways to practice self-care. From immune-supporting services and creative outlets to facial exercises and pet-friendly classes, one thing’s for sure: how we define wellness is changing all the time.
Curious about new ways you can dive into wellness this year? Check out a few of our favorite wellness trends making waves in 2022:
To say the pandemic sparked an increased interest in prioritizing our immune health would be an understatement. People are now thinking of health more holistically, with over half (55%) of the US population focusing on their health and wellness because they want to strengthen their immune system (read: we’re going above and beyond to avoid illness). Taking care of our bodies is a critical part of our long-term physical well-being—and nearly 65% of Americans say they focus on health and wellness to live a long and healthy life.
So, how do we incorporate immune health into our wellness routines aside from taking our daily multivitamins? Americans are looking to services like red light therapy, IV therapy (vitamin drip), and detox programs. Some are even taking it a step further with B12 shots, infrared saunas, and salt therapies to keep their immune systems strong.
Take a look at how some wellness businesses provide these cutting-edge services:
Curious to see what immune-boosting offerings are available in your area?
Modern wellness means more than staying physically fit. Intellectual wellness encourages us all to explore new concepts, enhance our skills, and stimulate our minds through continuous learning. Half of Americans say they spend time on creativity and stimulating activities. Meanwhile, the other half has room to improve.
Without time for creative expression, it’s easy to feel depleted. It’s important to set aside time to engage our brains to stay healthy and happy—and it can be done in more ways than a daily Sudoku or Wordle, (we’re addicted to it, too!). Take up a new instrument, try a pottery class, or tap into your inner artist and try painting (or really any other creative hobby that calls to you).
It’s no longer taboo to talk about sexual wellness. In fact, 32% of Americans say they seek information or resources in this area. In 2022, more people are looking to define their sexual wellness outside of the bedroom. How? Through a variety of sex-centric services like workshops, sexual performance therapies, and treatments for sexual health. When it comes to wellness, no dimension should be left behind. Making your sexual wellness a priority leads to feeling more holistically engaged in wellness. Out of those who reported feeling sexual fulfilled, 46% feel more connected to others, 60% are more spiritually fulfilled, and 62% are generally happier.
Want to explore these services yourself? Wellness businesses like Sea Change Holistic Wellness Center and Clean Start Cleansing have offerings that instill a sense of empowerment and embrace sexuality.
Nearly half of Americans agree the pandemic has negatively affected their mental health. With that in mind, it’s safe to say focusing on mental health is a huge priority—and Americans are looking to fitness to help. In the past year alone, over a third have incorporated physical fitness into their routines to help support their mental well-being and over three-quarters believe being physically active helps their mental health. Movement clears the mind, reduces stress, and creates space to feel better in every facet of wellness.
Looking for a relaxing way to move your body and reap the mental benefits? Book your favorite yoga class and join in on the Zen.
Why choose between a workout and a dance party when you can have both? Seventy-one percent of Americans agree that music highly motivates them while working out. Jamming out during a sweat sesh fires us up—in fact, Americans who agree music motivates them during workouts report exercising more often and for longer amounts of time. Good music helps boost confidence in our workouts, too. So much so that 32% of Americans choose their fitness classes based on what type of music is played.
Our pets give us love, affection, and comfort—but did you know they can also be the perfect wellness companions? Take your furry friend to a pet-friendly wellness experience or try goat yoga, cat cafés, or horse therapy.
What it looks like to be and stay well is always changing—but making yourself a top priority will never be outdated. It’s impossible to pour from an empty cup, so make sure yours is always full. As you can see from these budding wellness trends, the options to fill it are endless.
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February is Black History Month—a month to celebrate the achievements and contributions of African Americans in society. Inclusivity in wellness has been a topic for much discussion, especially as of late. We are taking this opportunity to continue to shine a light on the gap of inclusivity and diversity in our industry, and take action to promote, empower, and honor the Black community that shapes and grows wellness.
We celebrate the inspirational Black voices in the industry—and right here in our wellness community. “No matter how woke you think you are, we all have biases. So, it’s good to be aware of what our individual biases are, and what we can do about them,” says Sunil Rajasekar, President and CTO of Mindbody. “Driving change is hard, especially at a society-level. It’s going to take the best brains to solve this.”
In recent years, a wave of Black fitness entrepreneurs have stepped in to create a more inclusive landscape within the wellness industry. How can we all make sure we are all putting an effort in to make sure we promote diversity in this space? Well, for starters, we can support their businesses.
Whether you’re ready to try out a calorie-torching HIIT class or find your moment of Zen in a yoga class at the end of a long workday, odds are you’ll be able to find a Black-owned fitness studio that suits you.
We’ve put together a comprehensive list of Black-owned fitness studios that should be on your radar:
Align Brooklyn is a boutique wellness studio offering mindful practices including yoga, Pilates, barre, HIIT, chiropractic, and nutrition to increase your functional vitality. Align Brooklyn is owned by a chiropractor, who specializes in sports injury and performance—making them able to provide clients with the highest quality fitness and wellness science available.
Owned by celebrity trainer Kelvin Gary, this studio is focused on functional fitness—the kind that helps you live your life better, faster, stronger, and more efficiently. As functional trainers, they believe that every body is different and cultivate fun and dynamic workouts that emphasize teamwork and cooperation. Classes start at just $18.
By incorporating resistance training mixed with some cardio components, BURN has developed and designed a unique fitness concept unlike any other studio in the Dallas area. Their innovative approach promises to not only challenge your physical abilities but your mental capacity as well. Currently, online and in-person classes are available starting at just $20 for a drop-in.
Offering a unique mix of fat-blasting cycling classes, toning barre classes, and strengthening yoga sculpt classes, CYCLED! Studios located in Washington, DC and Maryland has something for everyone. They are currently offering socially distanced indoor classes (masks required), outdoor cycling rides in Takoma Park, and virtual classes all starting at $25 for a drop-in.
E.F.F.E.C.T. Fitness is a premier physical performing arts facility located in the heart of Atlanta. By balancing fitness and creativity, their techniques will inspire you to commit to your overall health and wellness goals. They offer numerous types of fitness classes including bootcamp, interval training, cycling, and personal training sessions. Classes start at $25 a pop.
If you’re looking to find your calm amongst all the chaos going on in the world, then consider HealHaus as your one-stop-shop for peace and serenity. Right now, they are offering virtual yoga classes in the styles of Vinyasa and Restorative for $10 per class.
At Harlem-based HIIT studio, JTW Fit, they know that if you are willing to put in the work, they can help you achieve your fitness goals. Their customized programs are designed to motivate and challenge you while expressing the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Are you ready to trust the process and put in the work? Good. Virtual classes start at $10 while outdoor classes are listed at $25 per session.
PIES Fitness and Yoga Studio is aware there is no one exercise program that is right for everyone, but they firmly believe there can be one fitness place that is right for “every body.” With a mix of different styles of yoga, Zumba, and belly dancing classes, their virtual schedule is jam-packed with fitness offerings that will keep you in-tune with mind, body, and soul. In-person and virtual classes start at $12.
When Teresa Ellis opened Pilates Barre and Jams, she was keen on creating a space that helped people become stronger in their bodies. Since 2008, her goal has been to make movement available and accessible to the people who have never felt comfortable walking into a status quo studio because of the fear they didn't fit the aesthetic. Her mission is to make sure her clients are always feeling good, feeling strong, and able to do functional movements pain-free. Virtual classes start at $97 for a 4-class pack.
Soho Yoga’s philosophy is that yogis of all levels should be able to experience everything that yoga has to offer. While their public heated and non-heated studio classes are currently on hold, they are currently offering a variety of classes indoors and outdoors (at the beach, specifically) that fit into any schedule. Outdoor and virtual classes start at $20.
Founded in 2016 by Shanel Anderson, Soul City Yoga is a unique community Yoga studio with locations in Lynn and Malden, MA. Whether you are just beginning your yoga journey or looking for a deeper connection, at Soul City they encourage practitioners of all levels to come flow with them in a safe practice space where diversity is celebrated and representation is valued. Drop-ins start at just $14—or if you're new, swoop up one of their 2-week intro offers.
Since 2008, Studio 34 has cultivated a community; it has offered affordable yoga classes, workshops, and art shows for those who seek healing, as well as space for wellness practitioners to provide various forms of therapy. This energetic space respects and honors all bodies–encouraging everyone to breathe and move in their healing-centric studio. Their online yoga and meditation classes are only $15.
The Fit In's mission is to make quality health and wellness accessible to underrepresented communities. They knew there was work to be done which why they set up shop in fitness deserts to provide quality fitness to underserved areas. At this studio, you can enjoy a bevy of interval training classes both indoors and outdoors. Classes start at just $25.
Whether you’re a total newbie to the fitness scene or simply just trying to take your workout routine to the next level, consider TrapFit in Raleigh your new home away from home. With a schedule full of bootcamp, boxing, circuit training, and dance classes, we’re certain you’ll find a class that suits your fitness needs. Classes start at just $20 per session.
At TRILLFIT, everyone belongs. They take pride in being Boston's original hip hop workout party and believe that fitness should be fun, inclusive, and set to the illest soundtrack. Ready to squad up and make it TRILL today? Classes start at $20—and they even have an intro offer available for new students!
Looking for more businesses to support? ClassPass has also created a list of Black-owned business to check out all year-round. While both of these lists are a great start to get you familiar with many of the Black-owned businesses either in your neighborhood or around the globe, we have only scratched the surface. We'd love to keep these lists growing. If you have any businesses you'd like to see on these lists, click here to submit a Black-owned business we should be highlighting as well!