“If we are creating ourselves all the time, then it is never too late to begin creating the bodies we want instead of the ones we mistakenly assume we are stuck with.” – Deepak Chopra.
We live in a hectic world. Chronic stress is a part of everyday existence for so many people. The fast pace of life, the stress and the consumption of low quality foods can all contribute to poor health. In fact, many people do not prioritize health and fitness because of a lack of financial resources and time. This is a terrible mistake, especially since good health is critical to success, happiness, and longevity.
For those who are serious about improving your health, here are some of the best and most affordable health trends for 2014 that you could incorporate today into your daily regimen.
Limit Technology Usage: Technology is already playing a large role in our lives. We’ve entered an era where people cannot imagine their days without smartphones and virtual communication. With this in mind, learning to control and limit technology usage will be one of the hottest mind-wellness trends for 2014. Not only would monitoring the usage of technologies enable you to sleep better and think clearer but also spend more quality-time with your loved ones. Remember, quality-time with loved ones is one of the staples of health and fitness.
Mental Restoration: Another inexpensive hot trend for 2014 is mental restoration. Mental restoration gives you the tools to fight stress that includes a wide range of holistic practices, including meditation. Once you get in the habit of doing mental restoration, you’ll find that it’s a very inexpensive and effective strategy that you could practice on your own for improving your mental health.
Coaching: Having focus and knowing how to pursue your goals is incredibly important for mental health. In fact, many experts confirmed that people who have no specific goals tend to feel more depressed and anxious. Therefore, working with a personal or professional coach in 2014 will give you clarity and a course of action that you can follow to finally accomplish everything you’ve been dreaming of.
High-Intensity Interval Training: As the world of health and fitness evolves, you’ll find that this type of training will become extremely popular in 2014. Partly due to the fact that high-intensity training is quite affordable and available in numerous gyms globally. In essence, these routines involve short bursts of high-intensity exercises that’ll help you lose weight and improve your cardiovascular system.
Functional Fitness: This is another popular and innovative health and fitness trend that’ll pick up more momentum next year. Through functional fitness, your body becomes capable of performing everyday tasks and overcoming everyday challenges. Rather than isolating specific muscle groups, functional fitness focuses on working out your entire body.
Circuit Training: Circuit training gained popularity in 2013 and it is expected to continue being a top trend during the coming year. Circuit training delivers results similar to the ones achieved through high intensity interval training. The intensity, however, is lower and this is the characteristic that makes circuit training an exciting possibility for many people.
Meditation: While meditation is not a new trend, it’s still one of the most important and beneficial practices for achieving well-being and spiritual enlightenment. Overall, 5-10 minutes of mediation in the morning daily can help you achieve spiritual clarity and happiness. In reality, you could learn how to meditate on your own just by researching on search engines, thus making it a truly affordable option for spiritual health.
Personalized Wellness: Personalized wellness will keep gaining popularity for many years to come. Our spiritual enlightenment and wellness needs are becoming more and more specific and many businesses are realizing this. This is why many spas, including health centers, offer personalized programs that target a specific set of concerns, such as stress, anxiety, depression, etc.
Spiritual Fun For Family: In the past, spiritual enlightenment used to be for adults. Fortunately, this is changing and i n the years to come, such practices will become more family-oriented. Reason being that having a spa day, or practicing yoga with your children, will give you happiness and an opportunity to bond as a family. Plus, children are getting an opportunity to participate in a wide range of spiritual wellness and enlightenment activities crucial for health and development.
Other Health & Fitness Trends (2014):
Water and pH balance: Water comes with a range of pH readings. Opting for alkaline water has been known to improve one’s health. Therefore, you should strive for brands that provide information about the pH value. Don’t worry if you can’t find any information yet since this trend is quite new and only started gaining momentum.
Vegetarian Fast Food: Many fast food spots are arising that focuses on healthy meals. Make sure to try at least one vegetarian fast food spot. Not only is the food delicious but also a lot healthier than your traditional cheeseburger and fries.
Boot Camps: Boot camp training can deliver much faster results than going to the gym. It is incredibly intense and it happens outdoors, which is much more exciting than going to an indoor place filled with fitness equipment.
Spa Crazes: Many spa centers are evolving in an effort to improve on the services offered. In 2014, there’ll be some interesting opportunities that include trampoline workouts and even surfboard yoga.
Digital Monitoring: With the rapid advancement of technologies, many smartphones nowadays have apps that help you exercise more efficiently and effectively. Through these apps, you could control your calorie intake, choose healthier foods, monitor weight and blood-pressure, etc. The best part is that most of these apps are FREE to download and you could start using these apps today.
Natural Alternatives: The goal is to find the best natural alternatives to “bad” foods. As the market for alternative nutrition grows, people now have other options for bad foods, such as sugar, salt, and even white flour. I n 2014, you should opt for agave syrup, stevia, Himalayan salt and almond flour. These are just some of the healthy alternatives already available and that are becoming more affordable every single day.
From my perspective, all the items listed above are crucial for achieving success and happiness. In fact, these strategies have helped me over the past decade as a successful entrepreneur because I understand how crucial it is to replenish the mind, body, and spirit in an effort to lead a balanced life.
Remember, you can’t enjoy the fruits of your labor if you’re unfit and unhealthy!
In the end, everyone has the capability to improve their health regardless of their financial situation. You owe it to yourself, your family and friends, and even to your country. After all, Winston Churchill wisely stated that “healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have.”