Luke_Bike.jpgWith the health and fitness revolution well underway, the past year has been filled with new trends and ideas that are meant to simplify our lives and help us tailor our own healthy lifestyle. Enriched with delicious, healthy recipes, fashion that’s slowly incorporating more and more sporty essentials and a greater global tendency to start being physically active, it’s no wonder 2018 will be yet another year of fitness novelty.

Based on everything we’ve seen thus far, the following are expected to be the predominant healthy trends world-wide, so you don’t even have to wait for the clock to strike twelve before you incorporate some of these into your lifestyle!

1. Beautiful with health

Greater awareness of our planet’s changing climate, and our own contribution to this unfortunate turn of events has caused a new wave of sustainability and eco-friendly attitudes in every aspect of our lives. And finally, the beauty industry is catching up, with organic, all-natural, cruelty-free and sustainably harvested products now becoming the new norm, pushing out the old, chemically-dominated ways.

2. Wearable tech 
Created to increase our understanding of our own bodies and help us achieve our potential, techy fitness gadgets such as Fitbit and Apple watches will become even more popular in the upcoming months. Whether it’s to monitor your caloric intake and burn, your heartrate and your milestones, these will be the go-to tool for tracking your fitness progress conveniently and consistently.

3. Spicing things up

Although mighty turmeric stole the spotlight for quite some time, it seems that 2018 has announced a greater focus on these tiny, taste-enhancing additions to our menus. Spices that have been used for hundreds of years in the kitchens of the East are now taking over the world by storm: sweet cardamom, hot harissa, humble cinnamon, you name it, chefs will love them. 

4. New superfoods

In the attempt to make our menus more versatile and our bites healthier than ever, scientists are now focusing on finding which items on your grocery list have the greatest impact on your health with the smallest amount of consumption. And so, the spotlight goes to incredible micro and macro-nutrient packed goodies, such as the powerful moringa, spirulina and chia seeds, among other wonderful and tasty health-bombs.

5. Athleisure

If Rihanna’s and Beyoncé’s collections are anything to go by, 2018 will be the revolutionary year of “comfort wears”, which will not be deprived of style and functionality. In fact, offices around the world will embrace a more casual dress-code approach as a response to this ever-growing love for sportswear. Brands such as Ryderwear will do their best to provide pieces that are no longer suitable only for the gym, but that are comfortable and stylish enough to be worn during your daily errands.  

6. More “me” time

This trend is more of a shift in mindset, as we’re slowly transitioning from a fast-paced, work-focused world towards a more health-oriented frame of mind. For starters, the notion of self-care through proper rest, healthy nutrition and skincare regime will no longer be perceived as a pampering, a mere indulgence, but a necessary part of our lives. With greater emphasis on nourishment in every sense, we’ll also have a greater resilience to stress, and start working towards less anxiety and depression in societies all over the globe.

7. Green décor 

Health has no bounds, apparently, and it has done its best to infuse every part of our lifestyles, so our interior décor is no exception. Just like in skincare and nutrition, a return to whole foods and Mother Nature in general will be reflected in the way we design our homes. More greenery for naturally purified air, a minimalist approach to design to root out our consumerist obsession with material possessions, and a greener, and an eco-friendlier mindset in choosing materials and fabrics such as organic cotton, bamboo, hemp, or sustainably-harvested wood, will all be the go-to design preference for 2018!

Luke Douglas is a fitness and health blogger at Ripped.me and a great fan of the gym and a healthy diet. He follows the trends in fitness, gym and healthy life and loves to share his knowledge through useful and informative articles. Connect with Luke on Facebook and Twitter.