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Medichecks 2020 health and wellness predictions

It's a new decade, a new year and time for a whole host of new health and wellness trends!

It’s a new year, a new decade and a new chance to become your best self.

The last decade saw the rise of high-intensity interval training, the adoption of restrictive diets like keto and thanks to new apps and advances in technology, we continued to track everything we could- from our calorie intake to our steps and even our sleeping patterns. 

So, it comes as no surprises that with the turn of a new decade, you can expect to see a whole host of new health and fitness trends for 2020. And, if the results generated from Google Trend searches are to be believed, 2020 health and fitness trends are not only pushing technology to its limits, they’re also helping you find new personal experiences to improve our physical and mental wellbeing next year.  

Let’s look at which health and wellness trends are here to stay and what we can expect in see in the first year of the new decade!  

  1. Wearable tech  

Wearable tech is definitely still a top trend in 2020, from fitness bands to smartwatches to sleep and activity trackers, every movement we make can be tracked and accounted for. Meeting the desire to understand what’s going on inside our bodies has become easier than ever before and having that data at the end of our fingertips helps to inspire and motivate to lead a healthier lifestyle.  

New to the wearable tech market are Ayo Light Therapy Glasses, which promise to increase energy, combat jetlag and insomnia and treat a seasonal affective disorder by emitting a special, scientifically proven blue light which stimulates sensory cells in the eyes and in turn helps with the adjustment of the internal body clock. 

In 2020, it is predicted that we will also see more accuracy and accessibility – downloadable maps for trail running off the grid, features like electrocardiogram to monitor for heart problems, and sleep trackers that can tell you which kind of workout your body is most rested for.  

  1. Plant-based meats 

Being vegan or vegetarian isn’t exactly new, but the growing trend is flexitarian. 2019 saw the rise in climate change advocacy, documentaries like Game Changers, and meat alternatives like the Impossible Burger being added too fast food menus and supermarkets nationwide which resulted in a massive movement towards being more plant-forward. Author of The Flexitarian Diet, Dawn Jackson Blatner explains that “It’s not the same as being vegan, it's more about getting the benefits of eating more plants without having to follow strict diet rules”. 

Research from home delivery service, Deliveroo shows that a large group of customers are more frequently opting-in for a part-time vegan diet, with around half of their food consumption being meat and the other half is plant-based (1). But this is more than just a passing trend, it is a sign that we are becoming a more eco-conscious society. According to World Animal Protection, 250k animals are being saved annually due to the increasing availability of plant-based substitutes (2).  

In 2020, we expect to see brands like Impossible and Beyond continue to expand their reach and roll out their products nationwide, more restaurants to introduce their own in-house versions of meatless products and the next available plant-based products will focus on chicken and fish.  

If you are interested in following a plant-based diet but not sure where to start, check out our veganism and plant-based diet guide for all you need to know.

  1. Nutritional Genomics 

In 2020, it is predicted that we will not only change our diets for ethical and environmental reasons but also to cater to our own specific needs. Nutritional genomics, also known as nutrigenomics, is a concept that could revolutionise public health. By studying nutrition alongside the particularities of an individual’s DNA, gene-diet interaction can be revealed, thus providing tools for personalised and more successful dietary recommendations. With this in-depth, personalized information we will be able to approach nutrition in 2020 by putting our own needs first instead of merely following the latest dietary trends. 

  1. Mindfulness 

If the last decade has taught us anything, our busy lifestyles, work pressures and smartphones can make it harder to completely switch off. However, prioritising things like recovery training, meditation and mindfulness, and mental health days will all continue to rise in 2020. And while we’ve known we need to slow down for a while, what’s new for 2020 will be doing less without the guilt.  

Mindfulness is a type of mediation which asks us to focus on being aware of what we’re thinking and accepting it, versus just trying to clear our minds. So, if you’re looking to lower your stress levels in 2020, mindful meditation could be exactly what you’re looking for.  

  1. Home-based workouts  

Being too busy is no longer a good excuse not to workout. Fitness classes (HIIT, yoga, cycling), as well as personal training sessions, can now be streamed effectively online, making exercising in the comfort of your own home easier than ever before. While working out from home isn’t new, the rise of workout subscription apps and associated equipment is expected to make the world's workout equipment industry exceed $14 million by 2025, according to Allied Market Research.  

Although brands like Peloton dominated the market in 2019, it's no longer the only game in town. The newest addition is Mirror – a new virtual exercise tool which serves as a full-length mirror as well as interactive fitness studio when switched on. Once you’ve joined one of the many classes you will see yourself, your instructor and the rest of the class in the mirror as you sweat your way through your chosen routine.  

2019 saw a huge rise in the consumer healthcare market, with more people taking an active role in controlling their health. This year many people discovered how simple it is to track what’s going on inside their bodies with Medichecks easy-to-use blood tests. We hope in 2020 having regular health checks becomes the norm, allowing people to easily track any changes and act accordingly.