The Wellness Trends That Will Rule 2019

As the New Year kicks in it bring in new hopes for millions of people around the globe with new plans to make life better – both personally and professionally. It is a well-established fact today that more than 75% of the New Year resolutions across the globe revolve around physical fitness and wellbeing. Statistics show a steep rise in the gym and other fitness clubs’ memberships in January every year. The place catches up the vibe with people swarming in to keep up with their New Year resolutions but barely a couple of weeks into January, and the crowds begin thinning. Do we see you smiling guiltily to yourself?

If you are into fitness (even if not a fitness freak), you aren’t oblivious to the changing trends in the fitness industry over the past couple of years. Today, the term ‘physical fitness’ has replaced the age-old ‘losing weight’. The onus of this change lies on the revamped notion of fitness and wellbeing. Being physically fit doesn’t imply being skinny. Skinny is no longer considered being healthy or fit. The true essence of physical fitness lies in training your body to be disease free, and this is what is going to set the wellness trends in 2019.

Here are the top wellness trends this year that you might to keep a watch on and perhaps follow:

Holistic Approach to Fitness

We have invested decades of time and an insurmountable amount of money in a skewed perception of fitness that focussed on being slim for women and having abs for men. Today, the fitness has taken a holistic approach towards improving a person’s physical and mental health. It is no longer about spending hours in the gym alone. A good fitness regimen includes everything from your exercise routine to what you are eating to how you are sleeping. Trainers and peps are making people aware of this holistic approach my emphasising on lifestyle changes required to achieve the fitness goals.

Eating Right and not Dieting

The word dieting has been so overused in the last few decades that fitness trainers and nutritionists across the globe have bid adieu to it and for good. To stay healthy, one needs to eat healthily. You cannot merely starve yourself and expect to be healthy. Dieting was meant for people whose only aim was to lose weight (though that’s too not recommended anymore). The mantra today is to eat and eat healthy.

Home Workouts

Oh yes, you don’t need to have an excuse anymore. We understand it is difficult for you to leave your home or find time to go out to a gym or a fitness centre, but these are not acceptable excuses anymore. Home workouts are cool again. There is a range of home trainers and virtual trainers that help you in achieving your fitness targets right in the comfort of your house.

Mental and Physical Fitness are Inseparable

Yes, the focus on mental fitness is real and for good. Fitness no longer implies putting in long extraneous hours in physical workouts. It is all about achieving the right balance by catering to your mental wellbeing as well. If you are not mentally at peace, no amount of workout hours can put you in good shape. To be truly fit, you need to focus equally on mental wellbeing and physical fitness.

Virtual is the new Digital

Digital technology has changed the way the world worked, and now virtual reality is giving it a whole new dimension. Big names in the industry are investing their money in creating virtual games aligned with a person’s fitness requirements and goals. The fitness centres are welcoming this move, and people are elated more than ever to make physical workout fun this way.

Face Workouts, Anyone?

You read that right. We were just as baffled as you are. Workouts were always focussed on arms, legs, biceps, triceps, abs and hips but the new member to make an entry to this frenzied club is the face. You might have already invested, and perhaps still spending a filthy amount of money every month to make your face look radiant, fair, glowing, youthful, wrinkle-free et al. You can get rid of all that by investing in a trainer having expertise in face workouts.

The paradigm shift in the fitness industry from simply aspiring to have a revered figure or body to being fit in the real sense of the term has changed the way the industry works today. If you are the one who loves staying fit or somebody who is new to the fitness world, these are the trends to look out for in the coming year.

10 Common Health Notions Examined Closely

Have you heard the notion about not swimming or taking a bath after you’ve eaten? There are many ways to become healthy, all roads lead to Rome kind of situation. Here are 10 common health notions dissected and presented so you can understand the truth thoughtfully too.

Drinking milk every day is good for you.

Call it aggressive marketing or an old wives tale, adults and even senior adults seem to have their hopes for health pinned on drinking milk every day. Milk is miraculous only up to a certain point for humans. Most grownups want to drink milk for their calcium and vitamin D fills. However, now compelling research now shows there is no direct link between drinking milk and less number of fractures in your life. On the contrary, there is a link with drinking milk and a higher rate of mortality in humans.

The 5-second rule of eating food dropped on the floor.

Have you heard this before? If you drop something on the floor, it’s ok to grab and eat it within five seconds of it falling. Now if it’s the last second chip from your pocket or your only piece of chocolate to sweeten your day – what would you do? Since you’ve heard of this common health notion before, you pick it up and eat it without a second thought, no? First, bacteria and virus don’t need seconds, they get attached to your food within milliseconds of falling on the floor. So give this notion a pass the next time your favourite food falls on the ground.

Don’t eat ice-cream when you have a cold

Most people find ice-cream comforting but if your kid has a cold ice-cream is a strict no-no in the house. Did you know? If you have a sore throat or are sick with a cold, ice-cream can soothe you. Besides, the notion “food the cold” stays true and ice-cream can give you those much-needed calories you otherwise may not get by starving yourself from sickness.

Sugar is bad for kids, it makes them hyperactive

One of the recent and most common notions is that sugar makes children hyper or refined sugar causes attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) in kids. Be comforted that many scientific studies were conducted and these have failed to prove this notion.

Spending 1 hour a day at the gym is good for health 

Going to the gym and exercising an hour a day is great for you. However, did you know? Sitting at the desk or on your couch for five hours straight is equivalent to smoking a whole pack of cigarettes. Yes! Your one hour at the gym is one thing but you have many other hours in the day. Make the most of them too for better health.

Flu vaccination is only for babies

We all need a flu vaccination! Having flu is a serious illness and it can cause serious damage to your body, even cancer! Once you get the vaccination, before the flu season starts, it works without giving you side-effect. Prevention is always better than cure and so, flu vaccinations are critical even for adults and specifically the senior adults.

Taking supplements keep you healthy

Popping pills are fine but if you skip meals and then take supplements to make up the loss is a whole different matter. Vitamins don’t work that way. Taking vitamins or supplements without a go head from a physician is risky. Studies have now found a link between overuse of supplements and increased risk of cancer.

Drink 8 glasses of water daily to lose weight

Drinking water and staying hydrated is important but strictly eight glasses? If you replace caffeinated drinks with water or replace your canned fruit juices with water, you will consume fewer calories in that perspective.

Cure a hangover by drinking one more of whatever you had last night

No, that one shot of tequila again in the morning will not help your hangover. Even coffee is bad to follow up after all the alcohol binging. You are dehydrated so drinking more alcohol or coffee will prolong the effect rather than help it. Drink lots of water and get breakfast instead.

Sugar causes diabetes

Diabetes is complex and there are is no compelling research to suggest a direct link of sugar with diabetes disease. However, if you consume sugary drinks and sports drinks, you can become overweight and weight gain is associated with many diseases, not just diabetes.

With so much information right at your fingertips now, you can’t help but examine these common health notions that people throw at you every day. So the next time you hear something, question it and do the right thing for your health.

 

 

Reduce That Beer Belly Without Cutting Down On Beer

No one needs to tell you that drinking beer reduces stress levels, but it’s true. Studies have shown two beers help students study better! Researchers have also proved that drinking beer moderately can help reduce the risk of heart disease. However, if you push it and have a little more than necessary gives you that beer belly though. That’s what happens when you take in too much of a good thing. If you have already, use these tips to reduce that beer belly without cutting down with beer.

Clean up Your Diet

Beer already has calories and if you have too many beers that’s too many calories your body can handle. So cleaning up your diet is the first step. Include more plants, healthy fats such as fish or protein like chicken. Include complex carbs such as whole grains to improve your metabolism. As you age, your metabolism decreases and so, you need these essential nutrients that help increase your metabolism and burn those extra calories. So remember to increase fiber and clean up your body.

Don’t Skip Meals

Ok so beer has too many calories, but that does not mean you skip meals to make up for those extra calories. Eat food but in small quantities, so your body can digest it properly. Sleep early so you can wake up for a good breakfast, each lunch and have buttermilk during lunch to help fasten the digestion process and so on and so forth. If you skip meals, your metabolism will be negatively affected and not eating will only bloat more gas into your beer belly.

Eat Breakfast

Skipping breakfast is one of the worst things you can do to keep your belly fat. Having a good wholesome meal in the beginning of the day kick starts your metabolism and keeps it running for the rest of the day. If you skip this most important meal of the day, your body slows down the metabolism and whatever you consume will be even more difficult to burn later.

Skip the Elevator

If your lifestyle is so busy that you don’t have the time or motivation to go the gym, take the stairs. This simple activity boosts your metabolism because it burns more calories in less time. If you are consistent, you could lose nearly 3 kilos a year – just by taking the stairs! Imagine that.

Lift Weights

If you have the time and the motivation to hit the gym, then pump iron. Even lifting weights burns more calories in less time, therefore, boosting your metabolism to burn that beer belly fat. You can combine the weights with the running and aerobic exercises you already do. Don’t be scared about lifting weights if you are a woman too. You won’t become a body-builder type of person overnight and just by lifting weights. Find the right trainer to help you with your goals.

Yes, Relax.

No no, relaxing is not being lazy. You can relax, get some much-needed downtime to regroup and refocus on yourself. Doing this will help you lose that beer belly more. How, you ask? When you relax and don’t think about your belly or other issues in your life, your body produces more cortisol. Cortisol is a hormone, and an increased level in your body is good for you. Cortisol gives your body more energy by burning more calories. There are so many ways to relax, watch a great movie, read a good book or take a nap! Whatever you do, make sure you have downtime scheduled in your day to reduce that beer belly!

 

Beer is not just alcohol, it is packed with essential vitamins and good gut bacteria which are all great for your health and well being. Moderation is key though so remember you can have your beer, but do not overdo it for maximum health benefits.

Quick fixes for that aching tummy (and a link to choose the right doc in case your stomach needs more than a quick fix)

Woman Feeling Unwell
image courtesy: bakerchiropractic.org

When a stomachache was an excuse to not go to school, it was fun. But when you actually get a stomachache, it is not fun. Especially after you are older an ache could mean losing business or being unable to perform at your optimal levels.

The stomach is the place where your food is turned into fuel. And so a bad digestive system plays havoc with the body in general. Good digestion is the surest indicator of good health, which is impossible without a healthy stomach.

There will be times when your tummy will be tense. What you need to do is use these quick tips for quick relief. However, before we get on with the quick fixes, you need to remember that for long term stomach health, the only thing that works is a sensible diet low on fats, sugars and other aggravating substances like too many spices. Moderation while indulging (sounds ironic?) must be your stomach health mantra always. Anyway, here are the quick fixes: Continue reading Quick fixes for that aching tummy (and a link to choose the right doc in case your stomach needs more than a quick fix)

Startup soldier? You need to pay more attention to your health

“Wow! what a work environment?”, we all said after reading an article about how global software product companies are creating cool office infrastructure to promote innovation and creativity.

However, when we peel the layers on this, we find engineers often slogging – either stuck with a specific issue that no one else has solved or meeting a release deadline to stay aligned with marketing efforts.

Welcome to startup world! The degree of stress that startups have remains unmatched for:

– the entrepreneurs who are trying to do everything from coding to selling to dealing with the plumber for a broken faucet

– the team members who are constantly reshaping their learning curves and dealing with new work challenges every day

Your health in this type of a pressure cooker environments begets even more attention. No wonder, great companies try to create a fun-loving and stimulating environment to act as a stress buster. But we as individuals need to do more as well. Here are some tips that could help:

– Take a walk at least every 30 mins, go say hi to your colleague. It not only improves blood flow in your system, it increases your social presence

– Do standup meetings, especially if they are setup after lunch. We are sitting all day long and feel lethargic after lunch. Standup meetings keep us alert and active

– Keep your workspace exciting. Pictures of family, friends can be a huge source of excitement and happiness at work place. A souvenir from your favourite destination or your favourite sport item are great appeasers.

– Participate in office activities, in fact – take lead on making arrangements for everyone if hosting a team lunch or an outing, etc.. This gives a great tangential setting to bust work stress and you come back to work with a sense of accomplishment and happiness if your efforts get appreciated.

– Eat healthy. It is easier said than done but being conscious about what you eat can be a good first step. And being conscious of frequency and quantity of your meal can be a huge second step.

At Savetime, we are trying everything we can to make the work environment exciting, fun and healthy. We would love to get more ideas on how to make work places better especially for a startup environment.

Mitesh Bohra, CEO & Co-founder

Mitesh is CEO, Co-founder at savetime.com. He has been working in the industry for over 16 years and this is his 3rd startup after InfoBeans and Infosignz. Mitesh is a BE in Electronics from India and has dual MBA from Columbia Business School, New York and Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley, California.