Four Trends in the Health and Wellness Industry

Since the beginning of time, human beings have been looking for ways to be stronger, move faster, and live longer and more fruitful lives. As we move further into the 21st century, four key trends in the health and wellness industry are supplementation, vegetarianism, purposeful exercising, and health-related technology.

Supplementation

Some health experts advocate supplementation. Others don’t. For the latter group, all body nutritional requirements should come from animals and plants. Taking a potassium tablet will never replace eating a banana. Drinking a protein shake will never have the same effect as eating a chicken breast or a steak.

Yet, many of these pundits don’t understand that most people cannot afford to buy a steak every day or don’t have that time to prepare it. In such cases, is it better to do nothing at all? If you can’t buy a piece of chicken or a salmon fillet, should you not eat anything?

Having said that, perhaps the important thing is not how your body gets what it needs but rather that it gets it. Of course, you should choose carefully as not all supplements are made equal. While some might provide the essentials you need, others are a waste of money, or even worse, they will cause you harm.

So do your research. Inquire about different vitamin products from different brands. Visit a CBD store near you and look at what they have to offer. You’ll never know what works best for you unless you give it a try.

Going Vegetarian

As medical science develops and people learn more about human physiology and anatomy, the vegetarian movement continues to gain ground. A few years ago, vegetarianism and other non-animal consumption diets were only practiced by a few.

Over the years, this number has dramatically increased. In countries like India, over 38% of the population are vegetarians. In a nation of over 1.3 billion people, this represents close to 500 million human beings.

Should you or should you not give up animal products? The answer to this question is not as straightforward as one would hope. Although people can survive only eating from plant-based sources, there is still not enough research to prove that vegetarianism is 100% better. Also, it depends on the individual. While vegetarianism is linked with renewed energy and better health for many people, no diet works the same for every single person, and there is no absolute.

Exercise with a Purpose

Exercise trends always change. In the past, people believed that the harder you went at it, the more calories you would burn and the healthier you would be. Later on, this shifted into a more relaxed approach, one based on ideal heart rates, VO2 max calculators, and stretching. Nowadays, the trend is leaning more towards a combination of short periods of maximum effort followed by recovery.

As always, there are plenty of factors to consider before embarking on a suitable exercise regimen. Questions you could ask yourself to determine what works best for you include:

  • Do I have a preexisting medical condition that limits the activities that I do?
  • What is the purpose of my workouts? Do I want to lose weight, stay in shape, or gain more energy?
  • Are some exercises more suitable for men or women? Is this based only on gender or also on age?
  • What kind of exercises will improve my overall health the most?
  • What is the best way for me to exercise? Is it going to a gym, hiring a personal trainer, jogging at the park, or following a workout video at home?

By asking yourself these and other questions, you will be able to choose the best exercise trend to follow and avoid injury, and increase longevity.

Technology and Health

Technology and health have always been closely linked. It is truer now than ever before. With the proliferation of apps, wearable fitness devices, and personal health monitors, the health-tech revolution continues to change the way we see personal health, exercise, and nutrition. The best fitness advice is at our fingertips in a fast, convenient, and affordable way because of technology.

The challenge lies in knowing what to follow and what to ignore. In years past, only a physician or trainer had access to vital health information. Today, we all do. Therefore, it’s important to scrutinize our sources and decide which ones to trust.

Trends come and go. We have seen four of the most important ones currently shaping the health and wellness industry and, in turn, transforming how we eat and how we go about doing exercise. As technology continues to develop, and we have access to more and better information sources, who knows what the future might bring.