Top 5 Workplace Wellness Trends 2018
Here are the top 5 health and wellness trends in the 2nd quarter of 2018:
- Digital Health Care
Telemedicine, wearables and wellness apps are finally delivering personal health care technology in the digital age. Amazon’s Alexa can give verbal CPR instructions, answer questions about illnesses and symptoms, schedule reminders to take medications and for doctor’s visits, and brings fitness classes into the home. Women-led startups are designing apps and services using technology to provide birth control, reproductive health care and STI information.
- Simple and Plant Based Foods
A growing preference for whole, unrefined foods has consumers checking labels at the grocery and demanding that ingredients are listed at restaurants in order to achieve clean eating. Simple, natural ingredients with less processing and a focus on plants are considered healthier for the planet, and for people too.
- HIIT – High Intensity Interval Training
HIIT workouts can be achieved with minimal time and equipment and maximum benefits. HIIT has intense exercise followed by short periods of rest. A recent study found that exercise does not have to be long to be beneficial, but it must be frequent: 10 minute workouts x 3 per day = one 30 minute workout.
- Functional Fitness
Walking to work, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, are examples of incorporating practical, functional fitness activities that can improve your daily life. Many people find it hard to incorporate more exercise into their day but can more easily adapt their routine to include activities that increase their strength, endurance and balance. In addition to being practical and adding variety, functional fitness is rooted in physical therapy and provides benefits for your “real world.”
- Mental Healthiness
Employers are realizing the benefits of mental healthiness of their employees, and designing wellness programs that include mind, body and spirit components. Standing and walking desks; soothing colors in furniture, art and walls to create a serene work environment; moving meetings; sleep centers and aging workforce resources can reduce stress and improve work life balance.
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