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CES 2018: The Coolest Fitness + Wellness Trends
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Published Thursday Jan 11, 2018 by Brittany Raine

CES 2018: The Coolest Fitness + Wellness Trends

Fitness
Fashion
Perspective

The future of health and wellness is here—and it can be found in Las Vegas. 

As the tech industry descends on Sin City this week for the Consumer Electronic Show (CES)—the world's largest tech trade show—so does all the super cool, mind-boggling, thought-this-was-never-possible gadgets. From industry tycoons to hometown startups, hundreds of thousands flock to Las Vegas for a glimpse into the future. But it’s not all about luxury electric cars and smart TVs. Some of the best tech we saw is in the healthcare and wellness space. 

With CES badge in hand, I hit the hotels and convention center to get a sneak peek into the future of fitness and wellness, and all I have to say is “what the wow?!” Here are some of the coolest trends and products I’ve seen over the last few days. Viva Las Vegas—the only place where tech really talks. 

 

The Science of Smart Sleep

Nokia Sleep
Nokia Sleep/YouTube


Catching your Zzz’s is no longer about your typical memory foam. The new age of sleep is here, and it’s just the beginning of a better nights snooze. Nokia unveiled its latest health product, Nokia Sleep. Coming out in the first quarter of this year, the Wi-Fi enabled Nokia Sleep mattress pad uses an “advanced” center to monitor your sleep cycles. Did we mention it can also control the lights and thermostat in your bed? Talk about pure (affordable) bedroom bliss. 

 

Sleep Number
Sleep Number


Sleep Number also stepped up their mattress game as they unveiled a Sleep Number 360 Smart Bed™ in a truly dreamy booth space. Using two air chambers inside its mattress to contour to the individual, their smart beds measure and adjust the height to prevent snoring so you can drift into a deep sleep via their Sensing SleepIQ® biometrics. A mattress that uses technology to eliminate snoring? Can we get a heck ya!? I tested it out, and it was crazy comfortable—or maybe it just felt nice to get a moment of shut-eye amongst the CES madness.

 

Dreem
Wareable.com


CES wasn’t all about mattress technology, though. A French startup introduced Dreem—a sleeping headband that you wear overnight. Available now, the headband not only measures your brain waves and heart rate, but it learns your sleep patterns to help you fall into a sweet slumber. Equipped with breathing techniques and meditation inspired sound-based programs, this OM-amazing sleep gear will help you stock up on that shuteye!

 

Mirror, (Smart) Mirror On the Wall

Kohler
Kohler Konnect™


Your basic faucet, that cabinet mirror, a typical toilet—the days of traditional bathroom components are long gone. I discovered bathroom technology that I didn’t even know I wanted at CES. Kohler’s® mega booth was a big CES attraction, as they introduced Kohler Konnect™. The line of smart home products is geared towards technologically-driven, experience-focused bathroom products. Kohler’s Verada® Voice Lighted Mirror easily made it to the top of the list. Featuring a built-in Amazon Alexa component, hands-free light control, and a motion-sensing night light, this mirror will redefine your routine. Don’t just take your face washing or makeup routine to the next level. How about your whole life? Ask Alexa to play music, stream the news, and do household chores before you even brush your teeth. 

 

Simplehuman
Simplehuman 


Simplehuman—best known for their trash cans—showed us a whole new side to their brand with smart mirrors. Designed to help you optimize your look, these mirrors enable you to see yourself in an entirely new (digital) light. Featuring a “tru-lux” light system simulating natural light, The Wi-Fi Wide-View Sensor Mirror also has the wide view side paneled smart mirror, which enables you to look at yourself from any angle while accessing smart features like your lighting presets. Oh, and it has 10x magnification detail for close-up eyebrow tweezing. Don’t look too closely at your pores though! I made that mistake.

 

Wearable Wellness Tech

Spire
Gadgets & Wearables


Dominated by wearable tech, the fitness space at CES was full of fresh, new finds. From “E-Skin” to Health Tags, how you workout is now about how you wear this tech trend. We are instant fans of Spire Health Tags. Featuring a small piece of tracking technology, you can apply the tags to any item of your clothing. Plus, you don’t need to worry about washing the Spire Health Tag—it’s meant to live in the clothes you wear most. Ah, so that’s why there was a lot of bras and underwear at the booth. Spire keeps you completed connected—monitoring activity, sleep quality, heart rate, breathing patterns and stress. 

 

Xenoma
Xenoma


Japanese startup Xenoma upped their smart clothing game with a comic book-style smart shirt—featuring E-Skin technology—which they released last year at the electronic show. Imagine your torso area being turned into a motion controller, so your movements act as a software inputs for games. Now their technology is sleeker and redefined. Not only will you look like a superhero, but the futuristic shirts for him/her also contain 14 sensors and a running mini-game that is just the right amount of silly. While the running game graphics need some work, Xenoma’s E-Skin was altogether fascinating, tapping into my usually dormant nerdy side. So who’s ready to suit up and sweat it out ?  
 

Watch Out!

Falster
The Verge


Stylish smartwatches were everywhere at CES. High-end watch brand Skagen blended technology with fashion in their flashy booth. Despite all the smart styles, Falster took the prize. With the full touchscreen interface, the Falster is a round-screen smartwatch featuring an always-on AMOLED screen, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor, and is powered by Android Wear. Launching later this month, I enjoyed the simple and sleek design. Plus, I can choose a mesh or leather straps. Talk about #trending. 

 

Kate Spade
Expertreviews.com


For us fashion focused, higher-end, brand-loving tech people, Kate Spade New York flexed their tech muscles with the Kate Spade New York Scallop Touchscreen Smartwatch. Keeping their classic scallop design identity, the tech is good—1.19-inch AMOLED display, ambient light sensor, Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor. But what stood out was the watch’s fashion-forward, interactive design. Using an app, you can customize the round watch’s face to compliment your outfit. Day or night, the color of your jewelry, hues of your clothes, the watch will suggest six different faces that work with your look. There’s also a fun component to the face—like a winking eye—which fits the Kate Spade brand. Smartwatches are no longer built to be basic, that’s for sure. 


Gamifying Your Workout

Black Box
Black Box


Idaho start-up Black Box VR made quite a splash at CES when they unveiled their full-body workout in the form of a 30-minute virtual reality experience. Complete with a cable-based, strength-training workout machine and a HTC Vive headset, you can get your beast mode on via video game. Currently, the experience involves a virtual arena where you compete against an avatar, and in the future, one another. I waited a while to check out the tech—thanks, news stations—but I was finally able to try a real-life two-minute chest press demo, headset and all. The overall gist? Each chest press shoots out fireballs at the avatar, as the weight you are pulling increases per rep. But yes, you are correct—I was defeating a villain while working on my fitness. 

With plans to open a boutique gym in San Francisco, CA later this year, Black Box VR blends mythical with muscle in a gamified environment. I mean, who doesn’t love a virtual crowd of fans cheering you on? 

Brittany Raine MINDBODY
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Brittany Raine
Consumer Content Program Manager
About the author
A free-spirited farmgirl from New York, Brittany traded her job as a journalist and newspaper editor for the San Diego sunshine. Brittany now leads the curation of all creative content. There are rumors she was Middle Earth's warrior elven queen in a past life.
Prenatal Fitness - MINDBODY
Fitness
Published Wednesday Sep 11, 2019 by Whitney English

The Do’s and Don’ts of Prenatal Fitness 

Yoga
Pilates
Barre
Strength Training
Cardio
Expert Advice

For many pregnant women, exercise can take a backseat. I get it. You’re exhausted and uncomfortable—slipping into a pair of tight leggings and sweating your booty off doesn’t exactly sound like a great way to reduce your discomfort.
 
While working out may sound like the last thing you want to do when you’re carrying another human inside of you, engaging in regular, low-impact activities during pregnancy is extremely beneficial to both you and your baby. In fact, some studies show that prenatal exercise may help to reduce aches and pains, improve sleep, and boost mood. But figuring out which exercises are safe for you and your baby can be confusing. If you Google prenatal exercise, you’ll find a wide range of conflicting opinions on what moms-to-be should and shouldn’t do.
 
As a dietitian, a Certified Personal Trainer, and a mom to a 16-month old, exercise has always been a priority for me. During my pregnancy, I was determined to continue my regular routine as long as possible, so I spent a ton of time researching and speaking to experts to learn the best practices for exercise during pregnancy. Here is my list of do’s and don’ts when it comes to prenatal fitness, no matter where you are when it comes to motherhood. 
 

Yoga

First up, yoga. You want to avoid any poses that cramp your baby’s space or put pressure on your stomach. It’s easy to modify most poses to make them safer and more comfortable for you and your baby. For example, instead of trying to do a regular forward fold, open up your legs for a wide leg forward fold, which gives your belly more space. 
 
Some poses can be fine during the first or second trimester, depending on your prior yoga experience, but may be less safe later in pregnancy. If you are comfortable doing full wheel, it can be fine early in your pregnancy. I did this pose until about 25 weeks, but everyone is different. Keep in mind that pregnancy is not the time to push yourself with new poses. Additionally, after the first trimester, it’s best to avoid lying face down. Instead, try doing certain poses on your knees rather than on your stomach—like substituting camel pose for bow pose.
 

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Yoga

First up, yoga. You want to avoid any poses that cramp your baby’s space or put pressure on your stomach. It’s easy to modify most poses to make them safer and more comfortable for you and your baby. For example, instead of trying to do a regular forward fold, open up your legs for a wide leg forward fold, which gives your belly more space. 
 
Some poses can be fine during the first or second trimester, depending on your prior yoga experience, but may be less safe later in pregnancy. If you are comfortable doing full wheel, it can be fine early in your pregnancy. I did this pose until about 25 weeks, but everyone is different. Keep in mind that pregnancy is not the time to push yourself with new poses. Additionally, after the first trimester, it’s best to avoid lying face down. Instead, try doing certain poses on your knees rather than on your stomach—like substituting camel pose for bow pose.
 

Pilates + Barre

Similarly, with both Pilates and barre, you want to avoid doing any stretches or poses that put pressure on or around your abdominal cavity. During the early stages of pregnancy, you may not need any modifications, but the most important thing is to listen to your body and not push the limits. As your pregnancy progresses, remember to ask the instructor for modifications, so the exercise feels good for both you and baby.

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Pilates + Barre

Similarly, with both Pilates and barre, you want to avoid doing any stretches or poses that put pressure on or around your abdominal cavity. During the early stages of pregnancy, you may not need any modifications, but the most important thing is to listen to your body and not push the limits. As your pregnancy progresses, remember to ask the instructor for modifications, so the exercise feels good for both you and baby.

Hot Exercise + Heated Classes

Another crucial thing to avoid during pregnancy is hot exercise. There is a lot of misinformation regarding hot exercise, but be wary of anyone that tells you that it is safe. Increasing your core body temperature is known as hyperthermia, and it can be extremely dangerous for pregnant women. It is especially dangerous in the first month just after contraception, but hot exercise and heated classes should be avoided at all stages of pregnancy.

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Hot Exercise + Heated Classes

Another crucial thing to avoid during pregnancy is hot exercise. There is a lot of misinformation regarding hot exercise, but be wary of anyone that tells you that it is safe. Increasing your core body temperature is known as hyperthermia, and it can be extremely dangerous for pregnant women. It is especially dangerous in the first month just after contraception, but hot exercise and heated classes should be avoided at all stages of pregnancy.

Strength Training

When it comes to strength and circuit training, exercises like lunges and jumping may put excessive pressure on your belly as you get farther along in your pregnancy. Trust your body and discontinue these if they feel unsafe. Any exercises that cause you to hold your breath or could result in trauma to your belly, (for example kettlebell swings or powerlifting) I would advise against.

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Strength Training

When it comes to strength and circuit training, exercises like lunges and jumping may put excessive pressure on your belly as you get farther along in your pregnancy. Trust your body and discontinue these if they feel unsafe. Any exercises that cause you to hold your breath or could result in trauma to your belly, (for example kettlebell swings or powerlifting) I would advise against.

Cardio

With cardio, the rule is that you should be able to continue to hold a steady conversation during exercise. For some, running may be fine up until the end of your pregnancy. Others may find this puts too much pressure on their pelvic floor. Some low-impact alternatives include walking (on both a flat surface and uphill), swimming, elliptical machine, rowing machine, and low-intensity aerobic exercise.
 

If you’re looking for exercise classes to take while pregnant, I recommend searching for something mellow on the MINDBODY app, such as restorative or gentle flow yoga, beginner Reformer Pilates, or any other light, introductory classes.
 
As a general rule, if you’re questioning whether or not something is safe to do during pregnancy, it probably isn’t. Remember that the most important thing is the safety of both you and your baby, and no form or intensity of exercise is worth sacrificing that!
 
For more information on a healthy pregnancy, including nutritious recipes and exercise ideas, check out my Predominantly Plant-Based Pregnancy Guide!

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Cardio

With cardio, the rule is that you should be able to continue to hold a steady conversation during exercise. For some, running may be fine up until the end of your pregnancy. Others may find this puts too much pressure on their pelvic floor. Some low-impact alternatives include walking (on both a flat surface and uphill), swimming, elliptical machine, rowing machine, and low-intensity aerobic exercise.
 

If you’re looking for exercise classes to take while pregnant, I recommend searching for something mellow on the MINDBODY app, such as restorative or gentle flow yoga, beginner Reformer Pilates, or any other light, introductory classes.
 
As a general rule, if you’re questioning whether or not something is safe to do during pregnancy, it probably isn’t. Remember that the most important thing is the safety of both you and your baby, and no form or intensity of exercise is worth sacrificing that!
 
For more information on a healthy pregnancy, including nutritious recipes and exercise ideas, check out my Predominantly Plant-Based Pregnancy Guide!

Whitney English - MINDBODY
Written by
Whitney English
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
About the author
A former journalist and entertainment reporter in Los Angeles, Whitney English found her passion in wellness and nutrition. Tired of the quick fix promises she encountered in Hollywood, she became a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Personal Trainer, making it her mission to research health trends to help determine the best ways to eat, move, and live for long-lasting health.