Wellness and fitness trends move pretty fast. So, we wanted to get in early on the newest workout crazes and food obsessions for 2017. Because naturally, 2017 will be the year of our best selves. (After the kooky year we just had, we'll say we all deserve it!) Read on for predictions from some top minds in the health and fitness space.
Cycling Will Still Reign Supreme
ClassPass, the fitness class subscription service currently offered in 39 cities, says that you better hang on to your cycling shoes. Based on ClassPass’s booking data for the past year, cycling is on the upswing. In the beginning of 2016, cycling encompassed 19 percent of reservations. By the spring, that number rose to 20 percent of reservations, and hit 21 percent of reservations this fall. Here’s another interesting stat from ClassPass: plan to make January 12 a rest day, because it is ClassPass’s most popular day of the year, with 31 percent of users taking class that day. (No one likes an overly crowded, sweaty room, right?)
Everyone’s Going to Drink Elixirs
Make room, kombucha—a whole new category of super drinks is about to hit the mainstream. The experts over at Well+Good predict that “functional beverages” will take over your fridge. Brands like Rebbl (led by the former chief executive of Clif Bar) pack tons of herbs and plant proteins into drinks that taste like a matcha latte.
Get Ready to Embrace Sauerkraut
Winnie Liong posts crave-inspiring healthy bowls and snacks for her 40,000 followers on Instagram, and she’s forecasting that more and more people will shift towards a more gut-healthy and anti-inflammatory diet. “Probiotic foods and drinks such as sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, and drinking vinegar have been on the rise as many health enthusiasts are incorporating them into their diets. Probiotics are good bacteria, which keeps your GI system healthy and improves immune function,” she says.
Winnie also has an idea for an easy add-on to your morning coffee. “Collagen has also been becoming a replacement for protein powders. Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies. Collagen helps with our nail, skin, bone, and joint strength. I add it into my coffee or bone broth for a boost of protein! It completely dissolves and doesn’t contribute to taste changes.”
Your Next Vacation Is Going to be Good for Mind, Body and Soul
"I would say the biggest health and wellness trend for 2017 will be the rise of adventure tourism,” explained Natalie Uhling, fitness trainer, blogger, model, and overall health and wellness guru. “I think people are wanting to go on ‘experiential’ type vacations that include live activities, eating local food and meeting like-minded individuals that are interested in living a more elevated life,” Uhling said.
Case in point? Clothing brand Free People’s dreamy-sounding wellness retreats, where you devote your precious vacation days to activities like surfing, yoga, and natural beauty workshops — all in beautiful locales like Mexico, Nicaragua, Italy, and Palm Springs.
It's a Whole New Generation of Online Fitness Classes
Take heart if you want to work out in your living room. "Online workouts are nothing new, but it's really become so much more integrated in how we can move and connect in the comfort of our home or wherever we are," says author and Strala Yoga founder Tara Stiles (she's been named "Coolest Yoga Instructor Ever" by Vanity Fair). "Online classes will keep improving and becoming available from a wide variety of creators, making it so simple to fit you time in your day."
The Bomber Jacket Trend Hits the Gym
First of all, activewear outpost Bandier wants you to know that athleisure is not a trend (it is officially in the dictionary now, as of April 2016). “Wellness is not a 'trend,' it's a new awareness that we don't believe will go away,” Bandier spokesperson Ashleigh Hults says. “The fashion industry is inspired by today's it girls and tastemakers who wear leggings all the time, pair sneakers with dresses and incorporate active, body-con components into their overall look. There is a huge sports influence permeating the runways.” That’s why Bandier is seeing trends like lace-up details cross over to the sports bra and legging world. Just check out Bandier’s WeWoreWhat x Strut-This collab. Another familiar trend hitting activewear is the bomber/moto jacket, like this $176.50 Prabal Gurung Sport neoprene jacket or this $210 Schott nylon flight satin baseball jacket.
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