2019 is in full swing and so is our collective love for oat milk, flexi-tarian eating, at-home workouts and so much more.
Trends are often just that— trends. But these new introductions to the wellness scene are no doubt set to become life-long rituals for many of us. At ALT/ we’re all about finding what works for YOU. So have a little scroll and see what calls, and how you can shake things up a little this year.
1. CORTISOL IS TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION IN HOW WE SWEAT
It seems the wellness world is finally cottoning on to the fact that 6 days a week of adrenaline pumping HIIT workouts are little to no good for the body, especially when it comes to women. When cortisol levels remain consistently high, this can lead to far too much stress on the body, causing anxiety and sometimes hormonal imbalances in the long run.
The rise in popularity of classes favouring slow, controlled strength-based movements only cements this. Studios like F45 who intersperse their cardio classes with dedicated weights sessions allow the body to slow down and focus on form, while reformer studios such as Studio Lagree and Heartcore still allow you to get a sweat on while keeping your heart rate much lower.
2. GOT (OAT) MILK?
We’re sure you have. With almond milk taking a backseat, given it’s not as sustainable as we thought, oat milk flat whites are soaring in sales.
For those who choose to go dairy-free / are vegan, oat milk provides the same creaminess of dairy milk while being much kinder to the planet.
Expect multiple complaints this year of your local supermarket running out of Oatly.
3. SAY HELLO TO HOME GYMS
We’re over the moon to see more brands and companies smashing through the elitism that fitness has become associated with lately. If you can’t fork out £200/ a month on high-end gym classes, have no fear.
Thanks to online yoga platforms like Movement For Modern Life, you’ll still have access to classes from internationally acclaimed yoga teachers for a fraction of the price. And from the comfort of your own home no less!
Then there’s FIIT— complete with a heart rate monitor so you can see how hard you’re pushing yourself in the vast selection of cardio, strength, yoga and meditation classes.
And for you spin fanatics, Peloton has come to the UK. If you’re willing to invest, purchase of a home bike will give you access to an infinite amount of classes led by teachers from all over the world.
4. MORE TALK ABOUT HANDLING YOUR HORMONES
Another one we are buzzing about. The taboo (which we still don’t understand) surrounding periods, hormones and women’s health is slowly beginning to melt away.
More and more women are realising at a younger age, the detrimental effects of unbalanced hormones in general health and well-being. Whether this is because more people are opening up about their experiences with things like endometriosis and PCOS, or brands like Moody Month, a platform where you can track your cycle and log symptoms, are inspiring more women to take control of their bodies, the tide is certainly beginning to turn.
We expect to see this area grow and grow, with more brands and thought leaders offering even more supportive resources allowing women to empower themselves by understanding their cycle.
5. MAKE WAY FOR MCT OIL
Keto or not, fats are slowly but surely becoming less and less demonised— and MCT oil is leading the pack. A firm favourite with bulletproof coffee lovers, MCT oil contains medium-length chains of fats called triglycerides, (most commonly extracted from coconut oil), which helps prevent the crash commonly caused by coffee.
6. ONE STOP WELLNESS SHOPS
It’s no secret that convenience is the key to winning over the millennial generation. Especially when it comes to wellness. So it’s hardly a surprise that we’re seeing more and more destinations and hubs bring a 360 selection of services under one roof— take Psycle London for example. Once slowly known as the Mecca of spinning, their flagship studio in Mortimer Street has quite literally levelled up— 6 floors of yoga, barre and strength classes for every workout need and a delicious plant-based café serving up smoothies, hot drinks and breakfast.
Then there’s Re:Centre. situated in Hammersmith on the bank of the Thames. Complete with a beautiful airy yoga studio with a wide selection of classes, there’s also a seasonal vegetarian restaurant where you can dine too. Not to mention they host dance, art and music workshops— because wellness is all about feeding your mind and heart too.