There are all kinds of weird and wonderful health fads that you’ve probably discovered over the years. Trends in health and fitness change all the time, just like fashion. Different body parts become fashionable, and so people work on them more. Different styles of exercise become fashionable, and people start to do more of those things to stay fit and healthy. Different strokes for different strokes, you know? As long as you’re doing something, because your health is important. So, how are people looking after their health this year? Let’s take a look at a few crazy ways people are reportedly trying to stay healthy right now:
- Bouncing On Trampolines
Trampolines are suddenly no longer for children. Adults are using them to shape up with classes like ‘boogie bounce’. You have one small trampoline with a handle, and do all kinds of high energy moves in order to burn those calories and have fun. If you’re the kind of person who finds exercise boring, a trampoline could probably liven things up a little.
Wait – isn’t meditation just for hippies? And monks? No. These days, more and more people are realizing how helpful meditation can be. Let’s face it; we all lead ridiculously busy lives, and we’re far more connected than we ever have been. We’re all glued to our screens, reading emails and texts, scrolling social media – and because of all of the content that we are bombarded with regularly, we tend to have racing thoughts. People just don’t feel like they know how to ‘chill’ anymore. Enter: meditation. Meditation is hard at first. Of course it is! You’ll sit there with your eyes shut, hands on your knees, pretending you’re ‘zen’ when really, you’re probably thinking about what you’re cooking for dinner or whether your child has an after school club later on that day. But stick with it.
Nobody can naturally get into that ‘zone’. However, with practice, it becomes easier to get into the right state of mind for the benefits of meditation to take hold. Plus, there are apps and videos online that can be super helpful. Many people say that this crazy tool has changed their life for the better.
- Working While Standing Up
You’ve probably heard at least one person say that ‘sitting is the new cancer’. It seems to be the new buzz phrase. It’s a scary thought, since many of us lead sedentary lives with desk jobs and cars. Even people who work out at the gym are at risk of more diseases if they sit the rest of the day away.
This doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do to avoid sitting for too long. People are now investing in standing desks, or even creating their own makeshift versions! Working while standing up might seem strange, but it’s actually a great way to protect your posture, stay focused, and avoid the dreaded diseases that can come with sitting for too long. You won’t be able to sit non stop. You will need a break; this is why a stand up desk is great, because you can lower it as you need to. There are even desk bikes and under-desk pedals that you can ride while typing, reading, and performing many other tasks! There’s no reason to be sat down all day anymore.
- Getting Into ‘The Flow’ Regularly
‘The flow’ – if you don’t already know what that is, it’s time you found it. Most people will automatically know what getting into ‘the flow’ is because they have experienced it many times. It’s those times where you get so lost in a task, that you forget to eat. The times where time seems to do crazy things, like slow down or speed up. It has been proven that those people who spend more time in a flow state are happier and have a better sense of wellbeing. So, what can you do to spend more time in the flow?
Being in the flow requires us to live in the moment. You have to be intensely focused on the task at hand, so the key is to find a task that you actually want to intensely focus on. Some people find that performing helps them to get into the flow. Some people find that it’s painting, or playing an instrument. Other people find that it’s things like writing, or architecture. Finding the thing that helps you to get into the flow could change your life.
- Using Kangoo Shoes
Kangoo shoes already sound like some insane fad, and the fact is, they probably are. They are being called the new ‘gym in a bag’, and if you like to make a statement, then you’ll no doubt cause quite the spectacle while wearing these. They were developed for joggers to reduce the impact on joints – almost like replacing the sole of your shoe with a trampoline. They may be great for those who want to avoid and overcome injuries, but they do look a little insane.
Fencing involves moving your body in a multitude of ways, as well as lunging in attacking movements. This is even thought to be particularly good for those who have ADHD. It can help you to develop good coordination, split-second thinking and observation, amongst other things. More people are fencing now than ever before – it’s definitely not a dying hobby.
- Special Tests
Special tests are a great way to find out what your unique body needs and how you can become the best version of yourself in a completely tailored way. Many of these tests you can send for and do at home, but some you will need to go to a specialist center. There are tests that can test your body fat, as well as diseases that your body might be predispositioned to. Then there are more complex tests like chromatin immunoprecipitation that look at DNA. If you really want to invest in your health, taking a test might be the way to do it. There are more services for this now than ever before.
- Indoor Climbing
Indoor climbing engages your whole body, and unlike outdoor climbing, it isn’t dangerous.
It can still be scary, especially for those who don’t like heights. Climbing activates your core and back muscles, and is a great all over body workout. There is skill to this though, rather than simply climbing. You need to be very calculated about where you step so that you don’t fall.
- Healthy Vending Machines
More and more offices and places of work are incorporating healthy vending machines. With traditional vending machines, it’s all too easy to grab a chocolate bar or pack of crisps and think nothing of it. However, this paired with sitting all day as many workers do, just isn’t a good idea. Healthy vending machines contain things like fruit and protein shakes, and encourage people to make healthier choices in the workplace and other settings.
- Fitness And Lifestyle Trackers
Fitness and lifestyle trackers are getting better and better – especially for women. There are now wearable trackers that women are using to track their monthly cycle so that they can become more intune with their bodies and understand their emotions much better. All trackers can usually track your steps, heart rate, exercise performed, and sleep. Many of them even incorporate functions that encourage you to de-stress by breathing more deeply. Investing in one of these is a great way to improve health, and there are models for every budget.
- Hanging Out More With Other Health Enthusiasts
The people we spend more time with are the people we become most like. Spend time with people who enjoy sitting around gossiping and not doing much in the way of self development, you’re probably going to do the same. However, hanging out with other health enthusiasts can actually help you to become better. Pay more attention to the people you spend the most time with.
- Other New Age Practices
Aside from meditation, as it has been around for thousands of years, there are so called ‘new age’ practices that people are using to look after their health. There are crystals, aromatherapy, reiki, and other practices all said to help the energy of a person or room.
- Practice Smart Computer Habits
Staring at a computer all day is exhausting, and hard on the eyes, neck, back, and head.
Remember to take short breaks between tasks, perhaps every 90 minutes or so. You can also turn the brightness down on your computer, sit up straight, use eye drops, and move positions occasionally.
- Walking Meetings
People are no longer sitting in a stuffy boardroom to get things done. Walking meetings are now a thing. They are said to be healthier, and also allow for more creativity and enthusiasm!
- Focusing On Breathing
Finally, deeper breathing is something more people are practicing. Many are chronically stressed, and we actually make this work by taking shallow breaths that signal to the body we are permanently stressed. With regular deep breathing, we can let the body know it’s ok to let go of that stress.
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