Your 2019 Trend Alert
The wellness trends to look out for in 2019 hot off the stage at WH Live Festival
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...
1. HEALTH HACKING
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.
2. BEAUTY AU NATURE L
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.
3. PLANT-BASED PRODUCTS
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.
4. EXTREME RECOVERY
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.
5. KELP YOU RS E LF
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.
6. VIRTUAL WELLNESS
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.
7. GOOD AIR DAY
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.
9. THE NEWTRIENTS
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.
10. ECO A TH LEISURE
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.
11. POUR ’N’ SNORE
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.
12. TOUGH ENOUGH
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.
13. HOME TONING
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 Lisaraleigh.com. 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 Rockingnheels.tk.
AZANIA MOSAKA TALKS BEAUTY.
HOTPOD YOGA POD POPPED UP AT FESTIVAL.
DAYNA NIENABER AND SUNETTE VILJOEN ON STAGE.
LISA RALEIGH'S REBOUNDERS WERE A HIT.
TUMI MORAKE ON STAGE.