Do you ever wish that you could see into the future?
Yeah, us too.
Unfortunately, a magic crystal ball that shows exactly what is to come is not one of the many products that we offer online (sigh). BUT, just because we can’t be 100 per cent of what’s in our future, that doesn’t mean that we can’t make some pretty educated predictions about some of the key health trends coming in 2019! Check out what we think will be some pretty hot topics in health and wellness both in the workplace and in overall life.
We’ve all heard it before – everyone is different! So why have a corporate wellness program that is one size fits all? In 2019, we really think there will be a move towards a more personalized approach, allowing employees to set unique goals according to their needs. A recent Forbes article points out that Artificial Intelligence may play a part in this personalization, sending employees the right information at the right time in order to help them live a healthy lifestyle. A personalized approach also means personalized workspaces with the right kind of furniture and equipment to get you moving throughout the day!
Speaking of advanced technology, gadgets that keep analytics at the forefront will continue to be popular. By gathering data on employee fitness and health trends, and then by providing a platform to share said data amongst co-workers, greater engagement and insight into goals will follow. Keeping track of this data will help to optimize healthy choices moving forward. Wearable tech like Garmin activity trackers will continue to be popular in collecting these analytics.
Self-care was a huge trend in 2018, and that will just continue to grow in the year to come. More and more people have come to realize the importance of self-care and the significant difference that it can make on overall well-being. Incorporating more self-care into the workplace means more focus on mental health (like meditation practices and time to be mindful) as well as more flexible work options so that employees will have the time that they need to make themselves a priority.
In today’s day and age, stressing about finances is commonplace. With pensions becoming rare, economies uncertain and expenses rising, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed in the financial department. But that’s where financial wellness comes in! Having a clear plan laid out in order to maximize your savings and put you in a better position for the future can do wonders. In 2019, corporations will provide greater access to resources for smart saving and debt reduction, thus decreasing overall stress and increasing overall wellness for employees.
Milk alternatives have been all the rage for quite some time now. We’ve had soy milk, coconut milk, almond milk and cashew milk, but now we’re making room for another: oat milk! Now, you may have seen oat milk in some grocery stores or coffee shops already, but according to an article from the writers at Well + Good, the demand will continue to rise in the year to come. Not only is oat milk easy to make from home, but also highly creamy and less sweet than other milk alternatives.
If you’ve been following the news lately, you’ve seen the hype about the new Canada Food Guide that features a diet much more focused on fruits, veggies and alternate sources of protein than on red meat. With this new development (and given the environmental and health effects that accompany consuming large amounts of meat), we think a plant-based diet will become even more popular in 2019. There are also tons of very well-known vegan chefs that have developed huge followings on social media, including OhSheGlows, DeliciouslyElla and FoodbyMaria. Moving towards a diet with a greater focus on plant-based ingredients is sure to become big this year.
Specialized exercise classes have been highly popular for quite some time now, with spin studios and boxing gyms opening all over the country en masse. Well, a newer option is set to take the stage in 2019: rowing studios! There have been a few here and there already, but we think this trend will really catch fire in the coming months. It’s a great arm workout, an energetic atmosphere and just plain fun – keep your eyes out for new studios near you!
These days, convenience is king. With all of the hustle and bustle of modern business life, why not have different types of wellness treatments in one hub for easy access? According to Vogue Magazine, that’s what’s coming down the pipe in 2019. While this article is focused on the UK, we think the same trend will be coming to North America soon. Find things like yoga, acupuncture, gym equipment, holistic healing and medical advice all under a single roof so that you don’t need to run around town to fulfill all of your wellness needs.
What are some of the trends you’ve been observing in the health and wellness world? Share your predictions with us for all of the fads that will catch fire this year!
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Eating healthy at the office isn’t always easy. The breakroom vending machine is just down the hall, and your favourite fast food restaurant is a quick five-minute walk away, so there really isn’t anything stopping you from indulging in some unhealthy treats on a weekly basis.
That said, committing to a healthy diet is such an important part of overall health and wellness, and sometimes all it takes to get down the right diet path is a little bit of preparation. With that in mind, here’s a list of 10 healthy office snacks that don’t require a ton of work, but with a little bit of planning can pack a big healthy punch.
It is widely known that incorporating wellness practices into your workplace can not only lead to happier and healthier employees, but also more productive employees. This is because when people are healthier, they need fewer sick days and are better able to focus on work while they’re in the office, rather than feeling ill or having chronic aches and pains. All in all, employees feel better and the company saves money. Makes sense, right?
Okay, this information is all well and good (pun intended), but how does a company actually create a culture of wellness at work? What are some practical tips that an organization can implement in order to make wellness a clear priority? To help you get started down the right path, we’ve put together six tips to help you integrate wellness into the workplace today.
What are some of the things that you do to unwind at the end of the day? For many of us, leisure activities like reading or watching a favourite Netflix show spring to mind. You’ve been at the office all day, your brain is feeling tired and you just want to do something relatively mindless to relax. We get it!
The problem here is not with the activities themselves, but there is a problem with the sedentary behaviour that they promote. If you’ve been sitting all day at your desk at work only to come home and sit some more in the evening, those sedentary hours can add up quickly and make a big difference in your overall health.
With that in mind, we’ve put together a few tips and tricks on how to make some of these leisure activities more movement-friendly. This way, when you’re feeling like you need some downtime with one of these pastimes, you can do so guilt-free.