As we live in a faster paced world, and time continues to be our most valuable commodity, we are becoming smarter and more assertive with how we spend it. This year is all about being smarter with our time in how we train and what we eat, whilst making conscious choices about how we spend our money. Rather than trends, which tend to come and go, many of the following ideas will be here to stay around, which can only be a good thing for the health of our planet and ourselves.
Conscious Consumerism Continues to Gain Ground:
There has a growing desire, especially among health conscious consumers, to make purchases that take into account ethical, ecological and sustainable considerations. This includes a rise in popularity of veganism, as well as more ethical skincare and supporting sustainable farming practices. There will be banning of plastic bags in most of Australia, and more vegan lines of food, clothing and skincare in mainstream supermarkets and chain stores. Many celebrities such as Leonardo DiCaprio and Gwyneth Paltrow, continue to use their popularity as a platform for spreading their eco-friendly messages, and concerns about climate change and many people are listening.
Timing Is Everything:
As time continues to be our most valuable commodity (and we all feel like we have less and less of it), we are becoming more conscious about how we spend it. From a fitness perspective, rather than spending hours pounding away on the treadmill (definitely not my idea of a good way to spend my time), our training is becoming shorter, smarter and more focused. In 2018 and beyond, we will be embracing more evidence based exercise techniques with proven success. Check out podcasts by Tim Ferriss (linkhttps://tim.blog/podcast/) for some great information on current thinking behind exercise. Timing is also the focus of our weight loss trends for 2018, with intermittent fasting gaining traction as an effective technique, which not only has benefits for weight loss and body composition, but also has a positive impact on longevity and chronic health conditions. Many people are finding that eating within defined and short timeframes is leading to clear thinking and long-term benefits for body and mind. Add MCT (medium chain triglycerides), which is one of the health food trends of 2018, into your smart training and intermittent fasting and you have a powerful trifecta for weight loss and longevity!
Tuning Out to Tune In to Ourselves:
In a world saturated with technology and the constant connection to social media, people are looking for new ways to disconnect and tune out. Float tanks continue to gain popularity and if you haven’t tried it, it’s definitely a unique experience. It involves a type of sensory deprivation where you float in darkness in warm water with lots of magnesium sulfate, which makes you feel buoyant. It is used for a variety of conditions including pain relief, sports recovery and has even been shown to be an effective treatment for PTSD. Mindfulness also continues to be a popular way of tuning out with apps such as Insight Timer being a great way to explore many forms of meditation. We are even using technology to manage the amount of time we spend on technology with apps such as Moment (https://inthemoment.io/) and AntiSocial (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.goozix.antisocial_personal) tracking how long we spend online.
So it seems that 2018 is the year of becoming more consciously aware and clever about how we spend our time and money. It’s gearing up to be an exciting year ahead as we focus our attention on enhancing our individual health, but also the wellbeing of our entire planet.
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