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As 2021 begins to shuffle off its mortal coil, we once again turn to the New Year and the hopes and promises it might bring. These empty days of the calendar are a time of reflection and self-assessment, they are the days to sit and be honest with ourselves, to think of the lofty goals we set months prior and those that we may have since bargained with in the interim. With the blank slate of a New Year, its only natural that our minds once again look to set some resolutions and, if you’re like most of the population, it’s fair to say that some – if not most – of these will revolve around fitness, health and wellness. After all, if we learned anything in 2021 it’s that our health is a priority. 
While it’s safe to say that the fitness industry loves a trend, most tend to come and go faster than a viral TikTok dance craze. And while it might make for some excitement, when it comes to committing to a routine, we gravitate towards those trends that have staying-power. Fortunately, the New Year promises to deliver a number of wellness trends that will be sure to excite. From sexual wellness to adaptogenic drinks and fitness, here are the biggest trends we predict being everywhere in 2022. 
In the Whole Foods Market’s Trends Council’s annual Top 10 Food Trends list, this term came to the foreground: reducetarianism. You may have heard of paleo and keto, but this new trend is all about reducing the impact we have on the planet and being more mindful of what types of foods we’re eating. And when you consider the climate crisis and the need for urgent and sustainable action, it’s a pretty great starting place. 
If you’re plant-curious or someone who reduces their intake of meat but isn’t quite ready to give it up completely, reducetarianism is an excellent place to begin. It means reducing your consumption of meat, dairy and eggs, without having to cut them out completely. And, when you do opt for animal products, it encourages you to think more carefully about your choices, like opting for premium grass-fed meat and pasture-raised eggs. 
You may have frequented the local supermarket to see shelves normally stocked with booze suddenly sporting new varieties of non-alcoholic beverages. Reflecting a rise in the sober-curious mindset, more and more people are gravitating towards non-alcoholic drinks and now, it appears adaptogenic drinks will be the next big thing. If you’re not familiar with adaptogenic drinks, adaptogens basically help your body adapt to stress and other ailments. With herbs, roots and mushrooms having a moment, it makes sense that we’ll next see the rise of adaptogens. While they don’t eliminate stress necessarily, they do help you better cope with circumstances that might be stressful by regulating hormones.
In years past, hiking may have been thought of as an old person’s activity, but now things have changed. When lockdown saw us all indoors and unable to go outside or travel outside a five kilometre radius of our homes, the outside world suddenly started calling to us and now, it’s safe to say that we’ll no longer be taking it for granted. In 2022, it’s predicted that outdoor fitness will be the biggest trend, and more people will be seeking adventures through activities like hiking. 
Never have we been so acutely aware of our immune health as now, and it’s set to become a buzzword for 2022 with things like “immune-boosting” products are sure to line the shelves. But while immune health is largely fostered from the earliest part of life and we might not be able to do a complete overhaul, there are still things we can implement to assist it and ensure our immunity thrives. Consider eating healthfully, getting a good night’s sleep and taking care of gut health. 
Ah, the rise of sexual wellness – something we can all get around. Where it used to be the case that we left high school clueless about issues regarding intimacy, arousal and our own desire, now a number of sex influencers are looking to remove the stigma around topics like sex and ensure we know more about affirmative consent than ever before. It coincides with a growing popularity in sex toys, with a number of celebrities now entering the market. In 2022, it’s believed sexual wellness will be a hot topic, seen as a vital part of self-care. According to a report in 2020 by pleasure product brand Tenga, 84 per cent of Americans now recognise masturbation as a form of self-care, compared to just 44 per cent in 2016. 

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