Join us as we take a look at the wellness trends that are set to offer mind and body benefits for 2022. Following a rocky few years of lock downs and uncertainty, we could all do with a bit of mental and physical wellbeing advice. Keep an eye out for these top 5 trends that are sure to help during the next year.
1. Long Walks
“Walking is the most popular physical activity in the world, and one of the healthiest things we can do for our bodies," says Apple’s senior director of fitness technologies Jay Blahnik. “Even throughout this challenging period of time, one activity that has remained available to many is walking.” According to a Rockport survey, 53% of us are walking one to five miles more per day compared to pre-pandemic statistics—and we have every reason to keep it up.
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2. Increase Your Vitamin D
Vitamin D is essential for the health and function of our cells. “It strengthens the immune system, and is involved in the regulation of mood, hormones, bone, and gut health,” Dr Stephenson says. She explains that vitamin D should be taken in its D3 form, which is the most effective form of supplementation. But that alone is not enough to reap maximum returns. She says to take the supplement alongside a meal containing fat in it, usually your biggest meal of the day, as this will significantly help absorption.
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3. Take Some Time Out
After going through the motions of the last two years, more and more people have not only started flexi working, but have realised the importance for self care and to hit the 'rest' button noticeably improving mental and physical well being. From finding a new hobby like Thai Chi, to making sure we switch off our phones at a certain time, taking time out for yourself is important and much needed.
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4. Improve your gut health
When it comes to making healthy choices, improving your digestion is one of the best things you can do for your wellbeing. With research from BUPA discovering that Google searches for 'gut health' are up by 83%, they predict 2022 will see more of us take good care of our gut.
"Prioritising your gut health is increasingly popular," says Elizabeth. "Gut health can refer both to your digestive system also known as your gastrointestinal (GI) tract – and the balance of bacteria in your gut. Your gut digests food, houses a range of bacteria, absorbs energy and nutrients, and gets rid of waste products."
If you're not sure where to start, some of the best foods to add to your diet include wholefoods, and fresh fruit and vegetables. Staying clear of processed foods is a good goal to have for 2022, as these can disrupt healthy bacteria in your gut.
5. Sleep hygiene
In the coming year, more of us are going to be tracking our sleep to make better adjustments to our routines.
Sleep hygiene is all about bettering our bedtime habits, whether that's going to sleep earlier, turning our phones off in the evening, or creating a restful environment at home. When you're tired, you can't function at your best, so why not put your sleep first in 2022?