Wellness is as good as an umbrella that protects our well-being from most of the day-to-day as well as long-term storms. We say umbrella also because it’s that one solid roof under which nutrition, fitness, mental and physical health fall. Wellness was always of paramount importance but holds even more value after two years (and counting) of dealing with a pandemic. It’s that skater board on which our health swings. The take from the most severe phase of the pandemic? Value your health and wellness more than anything. From online yoga classes to detox diets and long walks and treks, we saw ‘em all thriving but we were keen to know what’s next. How can we see wellness booming in 2022? So, we spoke to the best industry experts to decode the future of all things wellness. Scroll down and know more.
Dr Siddhant Bhargava, Fitness and Nutritional Scientist, Co-Founder, Food Darzee
Fitness: High-intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
“Striving for fitness amid cautious optimism in the times of a global pandemic, people, at home and in the gym, are embracing high-intensity interval training techniques to stay healthy. The HIIT workout trend picked up this year, is still going strong, and will continue to be one of the most preferred training programs in the year ahead. It boosts cardiovascular fitness in a jiffy by working harder instead of longer. These workout sessions can improve blood pressure and blood sugar as compared with moderate-intensity exercises. A few examples could be burpees, to build strength; bicycle crunches for abdominal muscles; and, planks to improve stability, posture, and balance.”
“As the threat of a variant more severe than the previous ones looms large, going from probiotics to postbiotics is creating a lot of buzz lately. Being among the top priorities in 2022, postbiotics help in preventing leaky gut, lowering blood sugar, offering anti-inflammatory benefits, and reducing the risk of obesity. Offering a wide range of other functional benefits, postbiotics support the immune system, keep a check on irritable bowel diseases, reduce the severity of certain allergies, to name a few. One can naturally increase postbiotic production within the body with foods such as kefir, kimchi, sauerkraut, sourdough, miso soup, etc.”
Luke Coutinho, Holistic Lifestyle Coach – Integrative and Lifestyle Medicine and Founder, YouCare
Fitness: Focus On Building Lean Muscle And Not Just Losing Weight
“Wellness is not just an absence of a disease, but how you can maintain a sound body and mind for the years to come. This change in the health paradigm has also changed the way we look at workouts and exercise. Gradually we are shifting our focus from weight loss to something more solid and meaningful – building lean muscle. As we age, we lose muscle. Our focus should thus be on how we can retain this muscle mass. The more lean muscle mass we have, the lesser our fat percentage. Now, you do not have to go to the gym, sweat buckets and chug protein shakes to build muscle. While that counts, if you are looking at building a decent physique, it begins with simple bodyweight training, where you begin by getting comfortable with your body weight. The only way to build muscle is to put it through physical stress. Workouts create microtears in the muscle, which, when backed with solid nutrition, rest, and recovery, leads to muscle growth. Examples of bodyweight workouts include – squats, lunges, jumping jacks, plyometrics, yoga, pull-ups, and pushups.”
Nutrition: Circadian Eating
“The experience we have had after consulting and coaching thousands of clients across the world on their health has taught us one thing – keep it simple. Just by aligning our eating choices and patterns to nature and circadian patterns, one can change how our body responds to food. We have put several of our clients through circadian eating patterns, and they too have reported high energy levels, alertness, better sleep, digestion, water retention, waking up with a flatter stomach, no bloating, clearer skin, lesser cravings, and so much more. All of this by adopting one simple lifestyle change. No food plans or extreme dieting. Just circadian eating and living. Want to eat a dessert? Time it well. Eat it during the early hours of the day, when your metabolism is at its peak, digestive fire is active and your body can effectively break it down.”
Dr Manoj Kutteri, Wellness Director, Atmantan Wellness Centre
Nutrition: Functional Foods & Supplements
“In 2021, a lot of thoughts have gone into immunity-boosting foods, health-enhancing food formulas, herbal supplements, food supplements etc. At the moment, there’s a growing trend towards functional foods as well. Functional foods are those that are either naturally or artificially modified to have additional health benefits. It could be an Omega 3-fortified cereal or Vitamin D-enriched food items, fibre added foods, calcium and vitamin-fortified beverages, etc. Supplements are helping us to bridge the nutritional gap we might have when we fail to eat a balanced diet and also with the additional requirement we are conscious of keeping the COVID era in mind.”
Fitness: Digital Health Care & Stress Tracking
“This year was all about digitising on various platforms and introducing the ease of doing our day to day activities and life events through digital means. Be it learning, exercising, meditating, cooking classes, meeting people, medical consultations, lectures and what not! We have seen an unimaginable hike in the use of gadgets and various apps that are very easy to use and can be applied in our daily lives. The popularity of such has also grown enviously. In 2022, we are going to see a spike in more refined apps and platforms that would help us in our health tracking and stress management. Sleep is one of the most common concerns among the current population and we will see a rise in sleep mapping, exercise tools as well.”
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