At Visual Therapy, we’re all about Mind, Body, and Soul. As we work with clients to line up their optimal wardrobes and help them to be the best version of themselves, we’re huge believers that it’s not the dress, but what’s in the dress that matters. And even though clothes can help you feel like a movie star, there’s something that needs to be taken care of first on a deeper level. Welcome to “Wellness Wednesday”: our weekly feature to bring you tips for a healthy, whole and fulfilled life.
As the new year begins, wellness is a buzzword, big time. Everyone seems to be discussing trends from the health world and looking for the new hot workout and diet plan. The truth of the matter is, it’s all about weeding through the overwhelming amount of information and finding what works for YOU.
Our in-house wellness expert Ksenia Avdulova has researched the most talked about trends to present to you top 5 that you should know about.
1. Instagram is Making People Healthier.
We rely on technology to make almost every aspect of our lives easier, so why not use it to our advantage when it comes to fitness as well? Look no further than Instagram to find inspiration to go to the gym and cook healthy meals. So called “Fitspo” and nutrition accounts have been blowing up in the last couple of years, helping their holders spread their passion about healthy lifestyle around the globe. My current favorite fit Instagram to follow is @HannahBronfman, this workout enthusiast and entrepreneur’s posts will make you run to the gym.
2. Boutique Fitness.
Over the past few years, boutique fitness studios have exploded in popularity. In 2015, their popularity will only continue to grow with the introduction of highly-specific studios. Underwater cycling? Check. Treadmill training? Check. Aerial yoga? Check. Indoor rowing? Check. If you can dream it, there’s probably a class for it.
3. Fitness Fashion Gets the Barneys Treatment.
Fashion designers have sweat envy, and are flocking to activewear, realizing they need workout lines to stay on-trend. A slew of fashion brands have recently launched activewear lines, like Trina Turk, Betsey Johnson, and Norma Kamali. And other than trailblazer Stella McCartney, this is the first time that designers are launching full-blown collections made for working out.
On top of that, shopping for your workout outfit in a sporting goods store is a thing of the past. Increasingly, retail and online stores like Carbon38, Net-A-Sporter, Without Walls, and Bandier cater to the “luxury athlete,” selling a wide variety of curated designer activewear brands.
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Once a pastime of Tibetan monks and hardcore yogis, meditation is getting way cooler, moving beyond the usual suspects, and into the mainstream. Thanks to an influx of cool spiritual types (like Gabby Bernstein and Guru Jagat) and diverse celebrities who openly meditate, the term is a lot more broad, mainstream—and cool. My personal favorite meditation method is Living Meditation with David Harshada Wagner, which aims to help you live a fuller life outside of meditation, instead of finding an escape in the practice.
5. Cardio is the New Happy Hour.
When your best friend wants to get a drink after work, you may have to start asking her to clarify: green juice or Chardonnay? Socializing or “going out” is no longer synonymous with behaviors that interrupt your healthy lifestyle—it’s now part of it.
The nightlife scene in big cities is experiencing a major wellness shift, so instead of meeting for drinks, this year you might be headed to a trendy Brooklyn nightclub to do yoga, attend booze-free morning dance parties in London, work out in a Los Angeles concert venue with a DJ, or do black light yoga in Boston.