Your 2019 Trend Alert

The well­ness trends to look out for in 2019 hot off the stage at WH Live Fes­ti­val

Women's Health (South Africa) - - JAN / FEB 2019 -

Novem­ber was an ex­cit­ing month at WH – we launched our in­au­gu­ral Women’s Health Live Fes­ti­val over a glo­ri­ous sum­mery week­end at the Wan­der­ers Club in Joburg. A year in the mak­ing, #WHFes­ti­val was two full days of the mag­a­zine you love to read ev­ery month come to life. We put out a call to the ex­perts, sport­ing he­roes, cover stars and train­ers we fea­ture on these pages and, boy, did they heed it! Dozens of in­dus­try lead­ers turned up to take part in live in­ter­views with the WH ed­i­tors and an­swer your ques­tions – around top­ics rang­ing from whether HIIT is ac­tu­ally good for you and why ev­ery­one’s sud­denly go­ing ve­gan to how to stash your cash in these broke times and what it takes to be­come a so­cial­me­dia in­flu­encer. Olympians, like javelin sil­ver-medal­list Sunette Viljoen, celeb train­ers – hello, Ma­pule and Takkies! – and cover stars, like Unathi Nkayi and Amanda du-Pont, were all there to share their sto­ries and their magic – and pose for a selfie or ten!

And then there was the shop­ping – lo­cal jew­ellery brands, fit­ness la­bels, bags, biki­nis and even PJs – and all the other cool stuff you could do. Beauty makeover with cru­elty-free prod­ucts from The Body Shop? Check. Get your bra size mea­sured by adi­das ex­perts? Done. A new hair­style from the stylists at ghd? Lov­ing the new you. Yoga in a heated tent with Hot­pod Yoga? Sign me up! And when feet were sore and cheeks rosy, there was lunch at the Fry’s Ve­gan Food Court, bub­bly from JC Le Roux and a G&T from the Gor­don's Gin Bar to keep ev­ery­one full and happy. Al­most 3 000 of you streamed through the gates to claim your free fes­ti­val shop­per and take in all the good times. And we can’t wait to do it all again this year, even bet­ter than be­fore! One of our favourite parts of the week­end was lis­ten­ing to those in the know look­ing ahead to all the ex­cit­ing de­vel­op­ments on the well­ness hori­zon. Here’s what 2019 has in store for your health and well-be­ing...


It all sounds very Nine­teen Eighty-Four, but health tech is evolv­ing faster than you can say Ge­orge Or­well. The aim? To keep you out of your lo­cal GP's surgery. We learnt how DNA screen­ing can iden­tify not only your pre­dis­po­si­tion for cer­tain health con­di­tions and sports in­juries, but also your risk for men­tal­health dis­or­ders. Over in Sil­i­con Val­ley, Ap­ple has been busy patent­ing blood­pres­sure track­ing tech­nol­ogy, as well as a pair of head­phones to mon­i­tor the max­i­mum amount of oxy­gen you can use dur­ing ex­er­cise. Else­where, en­gi­neers at Rut­gers Univer­sity in the US are de­vel­op­ing sweat-analysing mi­crochips. In­te­grat­ing them into your tracker will mean non-stop mon­i­tor­ing of bac­te­ria, viruses and en­vi­ron­men­tal pol­lu­tants, as well as signs of ill health. Dr Siri will see you now.


Gone are the days when a “nat­u­ral” beauty look would take three hours and five lay­ers of make-up. Ac­cord­ing to our beauty panel, skin­care is the new make-up and nat­u­ral is ex­actly as it sounds – barefaced with a lick of mas­cara and a swipe of lip balm. Keep your skin look­ing fresh and flaw­less with SPF and vi­ta­min C. And swap the knife for the roller. Nope, not the jade va­ri­ety – this year you need to scrape your face with the peb­ble-shaped gua sha fa­cial scraper to move the mus­cles and tis­sues be­neath, stim­u­lat­ing blood flow, col­la­gen pro­duc­tion and lym­phatic drainage. Sounds bru­tal, but feels lovely, es­pe­cially if you add a serum or oil to help the scraper on its trav­els.


Ve­gan­ism is go­ing nowhere – and ev­ery­where! The Fry’s Ve­gan Food Court had even hard­ened meat-eaters nosh­ing on tasty lunch dishes like “beef” stroganoff (it was de­li­cious!), while Yo Coco’s ve­gan ice cream was the per­fect chilled, creamy dessert for a scorch­ing af­ter­noon.


Stretch­ing and foam rolling have been el­e­vated from post­work­out af­ter­thoughts to the main event, with ded­i­cated classes at gyms all over the coun­try. But that’s just the tip of the ice pack. Joburg's IV Bar served up in­tra­venous vi­ta­min cock­tails that are de­signed to give you your boost of choice – from en­ergy up­pers to stress re­lief. This year, look out for high­tech re­cov­ery hacks, like in­frared saunas and com­pres­sion ther­apy. CVAC (cyclic vari­a­tions in adap­tive con­di­tion­ing) treat­ment cre­ates rapid changes in air pres­sure to im­prove cir­cu­la­tion and anaer­o­bic en­ergy pro­duc­tion. RIP DOMS.


Whether you’re plant-based or not, sus­tain­able food sources are a big deal, as dis­cussed on our Los­ing Your Ve­gan­ity panel. Protein-packed al­gae spir­ulina hit the news (and a health store near you) a while back and now agri­cul­tural de­vel­op­ments mean that sus­tain­ably pro­duc­ing al­gae in large vol­umes is pos­si­ble. Keep your eyes peeled for vi­ta­min K-rich kelp, cal­cium pow­er­house wakame and io­dine source nori. Also, look out for al­gal oil; it’s the sus­tain­able ver­sion of fish oil and con­tains vast quan­ti­ties of brain-boost­ing DHA. Nu­tri­tious and en­vi­ron­men­tally savvy? Shore thing.


2019’s the year you’ll take sweat­ing it out to an­other di­men­sion. No, re­ally – take Black Box Vir­tual Re­al­ity, an in­no­va­tion out of the US that com­bines re­sis­tance train­ing ma­chines with wire­less VR head­sets. In game space, play­ers en­ter an arena, fac­ing off fire­balls and en­e­mies, but IRL they’re on the gym floor, squat­ting, press­ing and thrust­ing. And the vir­tual world is ex­pand­ing into all ar­eas of well­ness. Apps, like The Suf­fer­fest (more fun than it sounds!), let you race through a vir­tual world on the watt bike at your gym. In­sta­gram fit­ness is also still a mas­sive deal. But as fit­ness guru, Ceri Han­nan warned us, be care­ful who you fol­low: big mus­cles and flat abs don’t al­ways equal le­git ad­vice. Look for solid qual­i­fi­ca­tions, an IRL pres­ence and stay away from any­one push­ing prod­ucts or prom­ises that sound too good to be true.


With re­search stack­ing up for the ben­e­fits of fresh air on your body and mind, it was only a mat­ter of time be­fore the out­doors came in, with gyms start­ing to in­cor­po­rate air­pu­ri­fy­ing green­ery into their stu­dios. Same­same, but dif­fer­ent, The Body Shop had plants and flow­ers on hand to weave into flower crowns – which you donned even dur­ing the out­door fit­ness classes. New work­out gear trend? You saw it here first!


Reached your in­flu­encer quota? Start fol­low­ing some out-flu­encers – what we’re call­ing the dig­i­tal an­swer to Bear Grylls. You’ll find them throw­ing javelins at the Olympics (@viljoen­sunette), tear­ing down the mo­tocross cir­cuit (@day­na_nien­aber_888) and hurl­ing them­selves down ice tracks (@simis­leighs). Fol­low them and live vi­car­i­ously on the edge.


It’s time to be­come ac­quainted with the new phy­tos: plant-de­rived nu­tri­ents with a health CV that packs a punch. “If it stains your fingers, it’s won­der­ful for the im­mune sys­tem,” says nu­tri­tion­ist Rick Hay. That’s be­cause stain­ing foods con­tain high con­cen­tra­tions of the pig­ments that make colour­ful food so darn good for you. Case in point: saf­fron (yel­low) – safranal is thought to sup­port healthy lev­els of sero­tonin. Us­ing pow­er­ful flavours is also a good way to avoid load­ing your dishes with kilojoule-dense in­gre­di­ents to make them feel sat­is­fy­ing. Hack from our food panel: a drop of pun­gent truf­fle oil in a risotto or pasta gives you the same rich sat­is­fac­tion as a cup of cream.


Gone are the days when “ecofriendly fash­ion” meant “wo­ven from hemp by a crusty Capeto­nian hip­ster”. adi­das is lead­ing the charge with its Par­ley line – gor­geous, high-per­for­mance gear made from re­cy­cled plas­tic and other ma­te­ri­als.


The lat­est in an­cient Ayurvedic ther­apy to pen­e­trate the zeit­geist: shi­rod­hara. It in­volves pour­ing liq­uids – ther­apy oils, milk, co­conut wa­ter – over the fore­head (we rec­om­mend treat­ing your­self to a spa day for this one – the DIY ver­sion will be messy) to ease symp­toms of anx­i­ety and gen­eral stress, as well as im­prov­ing the qual­ity of sleep. Med­i­ta­tion teacher and Ayurvedic prac­ti­tioner Lèchar Per­fect does a med­i­ta­tion rit­ual with ca­cao, but for the sake of those ghd hair­styles, she stuck to breath­work only dur­ing fes­ti­val.


Re­silience – or “bounce­abil­ity” – is set to be the men­tal health buzz­word of 2019. It’s less about the stiff up­per lip; more about learn­ing from chal­lenges. It should also be the life motto of Tumi Mo­rake – bet­ter known as a co­me­dian, TV and ra­dio per­son­al­ity, she’s just re­leased her au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, And Then Mama Said, in which she can­didly dis­cusses the hard­ships she’s over­come on the path to suc­cess. The sub­ject mat­ter is heeeeavy (divorce, rape, adul­tery, dis­crim­i­na­tion and loss all have their turn), but her witty, get-on-with-it writ­ing style makes for a su­per-en­ter­tain­ing must-read, none­the­less.


It started with your mom pop­ping a tape in the VCR and join­ing Jane Fonda for week­day lunges, but the hum­ble home work­out has had a high­tech makeover. Per­haps it’s the rea­son the mar­ket is grow­ing 10 times faster than tra­di­tional gyms. Ex­pect more de­vices and plat­forms that al­low you to con­nect with a global com­mu­nity of like-minded run­ners, jumpers and squat­ters – not to men­tion worldlead­ing PTs. Lo­cal celeb trainer Lisa Raleigh dis­trib­utes re­bound­ers (mini tram­po­lines) and the work­outs to go with them through Lis­ar­ Our 2017 Next Fit­ness Star Inge Bezuiden­hout has func­tional home work­outs for sale through Mov­ingFitSA. com and our De­cem­ber cover star Takkies, just launched her lounge-friendly dance work­outs at Rock­ingn­






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