In 2015, we saw farm-to-table eating, lots of green juice, the continuing rise of quinoa, and the surging popularity of fitness groups like SoulCycle and CrossFit. It all goes to prove that wellness as a lifestyle choice isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. In fact, the coming year will bring even more of a focus on healthy living. Here are 10 trends everyone will be talking about, eating, and doing in 2016.
1. Wellness Centers
Soon you won’t have to go to one place for yoga, another for your green juice, another to shop for your athleisure outfits, and another for your massage. Wellness is now a lifestyle, which means more and more places will be popping up that include everything you need to be the best you. Think of it as a mini mall, but for health and wellness.
2. Work/Wellness Balance
Working 80 hours a week is no longer something to brag about; rather, people now understand the value in having a healthy work-life balance. Of course, the line between work and home become more and more blurred every day thanks to smartphones and WiFi, but more and more people are using that technology to navigate their careers while also placing importance on health and relationships.
3. Spa Services Delivered to Your Door
It’s hard for people to put their lives on hold to go get a massage or facial. Which is why now those services can come to you. Thanks to reasonable prices, in 2016, even the busiest, most stressed out person will be able to find the time to enjoy a moment of relaxation or get glammed up for a night out on the town. All without leaving the comfort of her home or office.
4. Kelp is the New Kale
Kale will still be everywhere, but kelp, a nutritious variety of seaweed, is waiting in the wings to make its grand entrance. It’s packed with vitamins and minerals like iodine, calcium, magnesium, and vitamin B12, and has been found to have antioxidant properties.
5. Traditional Diets Are So Last Year
It’s no longer about how much you weigh or how many calories you’re eating; instead weight loss is about eating clean and feeling good. Forget the number on the scale; it’s about consuming quality ingredients and exercising because you like how it makes you feel: clear, strong, and empowered.
6. Meet You at Meditation!
Back in the day, people met for cocktails. Millennials, however, are meeting for meditation instead. More and more people are bringing this ancient practice into their lives as a way to be more mindful and present. But they’re doing it in studios where they take guided classes to focus on breathing and let go of inner thoughts.
7. Healthy Fast Food
Americans love fast food because it’s quick and it tastes good. But more and more people are paying attention to nutrition and trying to make healthier choices. Which is why a lot of chains like Chipotle, Panera, and even McDonald’s are all focused on offering healthy options. Expect more and more chains to take note and follow in their footsteps in the coming year.
8. Being Vegan-Curious
There are lots of reasons to eat vegan, but for some, cutting out all dairy or meat is a challenge, which is why part-time veganism is now a real and accepted thing. Maybe you’ll eat eggs if you know they’re cruelty-free or have one day a week where you eat meat. Whatever you decide, being vegan no longer has the hard, fast rules we’ve long associated with it.
9. Wearable Technology
Thanks to wearable technology, now we can track our steps, distance, calories burned, floors climbed, active minutes, distance, pace, elevation climbed, routes, hart rate, sleep… all information people are using to take better care of themselves. This will be the biggest health trend we see in 2016 as marketers try to figure out ways to leverage the currency of data we’re gathering and retailers continue to focus on smart clothing.
10. Wellness Vacations
Vacations are no longer about laying on the beach while sipping piña coladas… well they’re still about that, but only after you’ve gone to 5 a.m. yoga, had a green juice, meditated, and participated in holistic treatments. People now look at their vacation time as a chance to not just relax, but rejuvenate, which means renewing wellness retreats are becoming more and more popular as a destination.