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As we’re entering Gatsby-era 2.0, we’ve seen some serious changes in the last millennium. First of all, we now have this thing called wellness. If you haven’t heard, it’s got seven (beautiful) dimensions. And in 2020, we’re welcoming our well-being to an age where wellness is better than ever—and even better for you.
So, what’s next? We’ve done the research, and here’s what we’ve got our sights set on as we kick off a new decade.
In 2019, lots of consumers chose to “go clean.” This year, we're getting to the bottom of what’s in our products. Just call us label nerds. From skincare and beauty, to the foods we eat and what we clean our homes with (shout-out: cleancult), consumers care what’s in their stuff. Brands like Ghost Democracy set the bar high, offering affordable skincare without the harsh chemicals—so when we say our beauty is natural, we’re not lying. We’re all about ditching the dirt in 2020 to protect our health and the health of Mother Earth. Go us!
Last year, our personal wellness became a priority, and this year, we're stepping it up—not just on our StairMasters. 55% of people said they're curious about experiential wellness and wellness activities in 2020, like immersing themselves in holistic events or visiting untraditional wellness locales. Now you can catch some z’s at a nap bar like The Dreamery by Casper or channel your inner Instagram fitness model at Equinox Hotels. And if you really want to take your wellness to the next level, sign up for a G Adventures Wellness Tour in one of ten beautiful destinations across South and Central America, Europe, or Asia. You can see all the sights, rest and rejuvenate with yoga and meditation, get physical during adventure activities, and try delicious, healthy power foods along the way. Where do we sign up?! Your wanderlust, wellness (and passport) will thank you.
Although meditation isn’t a new concept (it’s at least 3500 years old, actually), it has remained popular over the years, especially as wellness becomes more and more important in our daily lives. Last year, 18% of people practiced meditation, making it the most popular form of integrative health. The places you frequent—like your spa and yoga studio—have helped to make meditation classes, sound therapy, and tarot reading more accessible to fit your everyday schedule. Plus, meditation apps and devices such as Muse 2: The Brain Sensing Headband are hot on the market this new year. Muse helps you build a consistent meditation practice by matching your brain waves to real weather sounds (think thunderstorms or peaceful waves) to help you find focus and calm... even sleep! And it shows you real-time feedback on brain activity, heart rate, breathing, and body movements right on your phone—a literal mind-reader.
In addition to modern medicine, 68% of people believe integrative health is a good complement to increase overall wellbeing. So, what is integrative health really? It’s a holistic approach to wellness that focuses on the patient as a whole person rather than just a body with physical ailments. Basically, it’s all about that mind-body connection. In this category, we see everything from talk therapy to tea tree oil—anything that contributes to our sense of healing and wellness. Things like cupping, cryotherapy, essential oils, herbal supplements, and CBD products are sure to be on the rise in 2020. Our favorite? Jasper’s Relax CBD oil. It’s important to take time for self-care, and this magic little potion can help reduce anxiety, improve sleep, and relieve pain. It’s the perfect addition to your daily routine to help you relax and unwind.
Over the past few years, we’ve seen more and more brands offering personalized and subscription-based products. It’s like Netflix for your mind, body and soul. Brands like Sun Basket serve up healthy meals and let you choose your own combination of items to be shipped to your house each month (shut the front door!). And to kick it up a notch, some companies have found a way to make your Buzzfeed quiz hobby actually productive. They ask you questions about your lifestyle and desires to create personalized products just for you. Kyoku post-workout shakes, Ritual vitamins, and Prose haircare all want to get to know you in 2020!
When it comes to beauty, we all want to say we woke up like this *wink, wink.* Unfortunately, we’re not all Queen Bey (some of us have to try!). But this year, consumers are saving themselves the smudgy nail polish mess and frizzy post-blow-dry hair and opting for help from the pros. More than ever, people like to book quick, convenient beauty services rather than trying them at home—because nobody’s got time for that. Primping and pampering are going mainstream. Lash extensions, gel nails, facials, and blow-dry bars are easy and popular on-the-go options for any occasion that won’t quit in 2020. Pro tip: check out MudbuM for quick facials and Drybar for blowouts!
"Ridin’ Solo" is so 2010. According to Mindbody’s 2020 Fitness Trends in America report, group fitness is hotter than ever (for good reason!). Working out with a group leaves people more satisfied with their fitness level, generally happier, and closer with their friends, family, and communities. Another bonus: people who worked out the most this year did it to live long, healthy lives rather than to lose weight (sweating for self-confidence—we love to see it!). Studios like Shred415 and The Bar Method will still be all the rage in 2020. To find and try new group fitness classes, check out the Mindbody app!
If you'd like to find out even more on 2020 fitness, wellness, and beauty trends, explore the Mindbody Wellness Index!
If you’ve ever taken a hot yoga class, you know it’s always going to be one thing—outrageously hot. Not the “let’s hang by the pool and get that sun-kissed glow” kind of hot either. I’m talking that “I can't believe I have this much sweat in my body” and “I may or may not pass out” kind of hot. It’s nothing to mess around with, and after a year or so of not being able to go, it’s easy to forget just how serious that heat can be.
To get the maximum enjoyment and benefits out of your heated yoga classes, you need to prepare yourself before and take care of yourself afterward. Luckily, I’ve been taking some classes (sweating enough for the both of us) and I’ve listed my five favorite must-dos to help you readjust to your heated classes and get back to the hot yoga summer that we all want.
Heated classes are difficult in nature. The normal difficulty of regular poses is mixed in with the added challenges of sweating and dealing with the humidity and the heat (at times, I’ve seen the thermostat climb to 108 degrees—yikes!). Depending on what type of yoga class you’re taking (sculpt, Bikram, power vinyasa), the difficulty level and temperature are going to vary. It’s also important to remember that each person in the room is going to practice in a way that’s unique to them. Hours slept, hydration levels, food intake, and different lifestyles are all contributing factors that make our practices different. What you practice on your mat is your own––trust your body and only do what feels right to you. And remember, it’s okay to take breaks!
The rise in temperature mixed in with the humidity that we all know and love creates the perfect recipe for sweating—like A LOT. You go into a heated class dry and come out feeling like you just took a dip in the pool. Before heated classes, I had no idea it was physically possible to sweat that much. If you’re going to a heated class, especially after a long break, it’s easy to forget just how much you might sweat. Is it possible to lose that much water if you haven’t consumed it first? Trust me, going into your heated class super hydrated is going to make a world of difference and help you feel good throughout your practice. And don’t forget to take some sips of H2O while you’re practicing!
Heated classes are challenging, but I can’t stop going. Nothing quite compares to overcoming the challenge— and experiencing the cleanse my body feels after I’m done. It’s the perfect blend of hard and rewarding, but I couldn’t do it if my body wasn’t properly nourished. On the days I know I have a heated class booked; I like to make sure I am eating right. I make sure to take my vitamins and fuel my body with fruits, vegetables, and my favorite superfood shake. I hold off on food about an hour before my practice, so I feel comfortable. After the class, I like to replenish with a big protein shake (boosted with collagen to aid with muscle recovery and skin elasticity). There is no one-way path for properly nourishing your body but making sure you’re fueled for the challenge of a heated class is essential for getting the most out of your practice and feeling good on and off your mat.
Increasing and maintaining your water intake on the days you take a heated class is important, but sometimes you need something a little extra. If you’re sweating that much, you’re basically an athlete (at least in my book) and if you’re performing like a rockstar yogi, you need to hydrate like one as well. That means replenishing those lost electrolytes. Reward yourself and your body for the hard work and treat yourself to your favorite drink. I switch off between electrolyte-boosting drinks and coconut water depending on what I’m in the mood for that day. Adding these to my post-practice self-care routine has helped me feel more hydrated after and ready to take on the world again after especially sweaty classes.
Usually, a yoga mat is all you need for your practice––but heated classes are a different ballgame. I’ve gone with just a mat, and I’ve slipped all over the place. Let me tell you, there’s nothing worse than having sweat drip all over the place while you’re trying to hold a pose that makes you grip your mat for dear life (never again). Make sure you bring a towel to place over your mat, this will help with support and grip. Bringing a smaller towel is also a good idea. You can use the smaller towel to dry yourself off during water breaks or whenever you’re feeling just a bit too sweaty. This is a small step that makes a world of difference during those super-hot classes.
So, there you have it. Five of my favorite tips (more like lifesavers) that have helped me readjust to those heated classes I love so much. Getting back into it is a challenge for us all, so know you’re not alone. No matter where you’re at in your practice, remember to be kind and gentle to yourself––celebrating your health and your body’s ability to do what you love. We’re all just getting back out there, together.
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