The 4 Biggest Health Trends to Look Out for in 2018


New year, new influx of health fads and trends that are sure to catch your eye over the next few months. But as you try to pick out the trends worth trying from the fads that aren’t worth a second glance – um, we’re still figuring out how we feel about that whole raw water movement – we’re here to help you navigate the oft confusing waters of fitness and wellness. Here, we’ve rounded up a few of our top picks for 2018 wellness trends to be on the lookout for; things we think you’ll be seeing all around, and that are totally worth a go.

Personal Training

Okay, personal training is not new. But even so, there are few who tend to utilize it. As personal training often comes with a not-so-little price tag (and most of the time, that on top of the costs of a regular gym membership), there are plenty of people who decide to go it alone at the gym. But here’s the thing: even if personal training does cost a pretty penny, it’s just about always a pretty penny well-spent. Since personal trainers know the ins and outs of working out to achieve different goals –and doing it in a way that’s safe for you and your body – they’re great to turn to for help along your fitness journey and are likely to keep you motivated along the way. Still don’t know if you want to splurge on the luxury? Ask about different deals at gyms in your neighborhood, or look at discount sites online that can all offer you significantly lower rates on one-on-one training.

Fitness Programs for Older Adults

Gone are the days when fitness seemed more synonymous with youth than it did relevant across all age groups. And while we may have long known the benefits of physical activity for older adults – we’re talking everything from memory boost to disease prevention – this might be the year that we really see that cross-generational commitment to fitness and wellness take off. With an ever-growing market for fitness classes geared towards older fitness enthusiasts, we’re willing to guess 2018 will be a year of many an active older adult group class.

Wearable Technology

Wearable tech has been having a bit of a prolonged moment for some time now, but 2018 isn’t likely to see that movement slow down. While we’ve been attached to at the hip – err, wrist – to our Fitbits and Apple Watches, entirely new breeds of wearable tech have been on the horizon; tech that promises to take our favorite pieces of the moment even a step further. We’re talking fresh takes on the the fitness tracking jewelry (i.e. the cool Motiv Ring we’ve low-key been obsessing over) in addition to items that add something totally fresh to the scene (let’s talk about those Nadi X yoga pants that vibrate and help you perfect your practice, shall we?).

At-Home Workouts

Or, as we like to think of them, workouts that you can do in your living room and that you can more or less also do in your pajamas (because, really, who’s there to judge?). While 2017 was a year of hitting up the hottest boutique gyms in your area and trying out all the latest fitness classes around to work up a sweat in new and exciting ways, we hereby declare 2018 the year of at-home fitness convenience. With a growing list of top-notch, killer workouts that you can do from the comfort of your own home – we’re talking videos from trainers like Tracy Anderson and programs like those from Peloton – let this be the year that you work up a goal-achieving sweat without even leaving your living room.