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Another January. Another trip to Sin City to check out the next-level tech at CES. With everything from freshly baked bread vending machines to smart, self-cleaning kitty litter boxes making their debuts in Las Vegas, there’s one thing that can’t be ignored: the future of health and wellness technology is pretty bright—like transforming every aspect of your well-being bright.
Welcome to the age of voice-commanded bathtubs that can automatically fill and set the temperature for you. Now, that’s relaxation reinvented. This year, it was all about making your self-care smarter and simpler while creating a more personalized experience. After roaming the floor and listening to our VP of Consumer Products, Doug Hecht, speak about financial and physical wellness with MoneyLion, we found what wonderful wellness is trending in the tech world.
Last year, it was evident sleep science was a go-to topic. This year, it’s all about giving you the deepest sleep you’ll ever experience. Think headbands. Yes, headbands. Part headband part ear warmer, Philips exhibited their SmartSleep Deep Sleep Headband which delivers “pink noise” to enhance your resting periods. French-startup Dreem showcased their second-gen deep sleep headband and app, which assesses the problems that inhibit you from getting that perfect night’s rest. What caught our attention mixed old world practice with the future, thanks to Muse’s Softband. Utilizing brain-sensing technology, Muse enables you to meditate to a better night’s sleep. Plus, Muse offers guided meditations via their headband, and you can book Muse-branded classes via studios on the MINDBODY app!
AI is being integrated into every aspect of health and wellness—and machine learning to make you feel (and be better) is a trending topic. How about a smart mirror that gives you a holistic view of your well-being and beauty? Count us in! The biggest and most amazing AI-meets-technology unveiling that had us starry-eyed at CES was Samsung’s Bot Care. A bot that can showcase it’s owner’s vital statistics in real-time, the voice-commanded Bot Care can do everything from giving you exercise and stretching guidance to even tracking your sleep patterns. It might sound like something from a sci-fi movie, but the future of robots that help you manage your health is here.
Monitoring your fitness activity isn’t anything new, but how about a wearable that tells your car how stressed you are? Or a self-powered smartwatch that stays charged from your body heat and solar energy? The idea of wearables are constantly evolving—and making them hotter than ever is a top priority. Our favorite tracking device was easily Atomic’s Hawx Ultra Connected, a smartly connected ski boot. In the company of avid skiers, we were totally enamored. Featuring digital tracking and analysis, you can get *instant* on-slope feedback on how you perform. It’s like having a ski coach in the palm of your hand—or boot!
Anti-aging has never been so futuristic—or fashionable. With big beauty brands descending on CES, it’s no shock that high-tech solutions for skincare are part of the conversation. Procter & Gamble showed off their Olay Feature You Simulation tool utilizing AI, which shows users what their skin will look like in the future, for example, if you don’t wear sunscreen (eek!). They also released Olay’s new Smart Wand, which can provide electromagnetic treatment to personalize your skin care and pinpoint problem areas. L'Oréal unveiled a wearable adhesive skin sensor that monitors pH in real-time. Neutrogena stepped up their game with a new product called MaskiD™. An app that analyzes your skin, their technology enables you to measure your face and create a customized mask to fit with target treatments. Beauty is (finally) buzzworthy at CES.
The Kohler booth never disappoints at CES, and this year’s technology combines total relaxation and *really* good home products (that I can’t afford anytime soon). With a full line of pricey smart bathroom items that include an Amazon Alexa-enabled toilet featuring soft lighting, speakers, and a voice-controlled lighted mirror, brands like Kohler are making the bathroom less of a need-to-use space and more of a zen zone experience. Kohler’s Veil Lighted Bathroom collection blew our minds. Imagine your bath, intelligent toilet, lighted mirror, and 3-piece vanity all working together with integrated lighting. A girl can dream of the perfect, tech-driving bathroom, right?
That’s something I never expected to hear. Think about it: we join gyms and studios because of their equipment, instructors, space, community (and AC, of course). But who’s to say we can’t get all that—or at least most of it—with virtual and online classes, too? In this new wave of wellness, we’re all switching up our fitness routines as we switch up our everyday schedules and habits. It’s not just in-studio or at-home anymore. It’s in-studio, at-home, at the park, beach, parking lot, rooftop...virtual, hybrid, Instagram Live, online, on-demand, and so much more. As we’re adapting, adjusting, finding our groove, etc., online gym memberships enter the fray. Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?
There are tons of benefits to an online gym membership, especially right now.
Let’s break this down:
1. Scheduling convenience
A virtual/online gym fitness membership is a monthly subscription that gives you access to tons of live stream fitness classes you can take anywhere, from studios across the globe. These fitness studios offer tons of at-home workouts, group exercise, and one-on-one training sessions to choose from, no matter your exercise program or fitness level. With so many options, it’s easy to find one that fits your schedule. Whether you want to fit in a morning flow before work, combat that afternoon slump with some cardio, squeeze in some strength training before dinner, or wind down with an evening barre class, you can pick and choose classes to fit your fitness routine.
2. Minimizing exposure to COVID-19
And because they’re online, you can take these classes from the comfort of your home (or wherever you are), thus minimizing your exposure to COVID-19 and eliminating your commute to the gym or studio. By now, many of us have our designated “workout spot,” whether it’s an actual weight room, a quick scooch of the coffee table, or a grassy area in the backyard. Maybe you’re comfortable here... maybe you’ve even learned to love it.
With an online gym membership, you can stay in your safe space/comfy workout spot. Or, you can go somewhere new (local park, beach spot, a different area of the house, you know). You can access these virtual, live stream fitness classes from any device, so you can prop up your phone, laptop, or tablet wherever you want to go, or roll out your mat in front of the big screen TV in your living room.
We all have our favorite, go-to workouts. But sometimes, it feels good to switch it up (especially right now). Working from home all day, many of us are craving some variety and excitement, and an online gym membership can definitely help with that. According to our recent poll about COVID’s effect on our fitness routines, 64% of you have tried new online workouts since the start of the pandemic—I know I have. Maybe it’s because trying new things is easier in the comfort of our homes, maybe we’re finally able to try some classes we normally can’t find locally, or maybe we’re all just bored out of our minds...I don’t know. But I’m excited about it.
With an online gym membership, you can get that spice you’re looking for easily. Start out your Monday by hitting some HIIT, ease your sore muscles with some Restorative Yoga, and end the week with some dance cardio to pretend you’re at the club. The world is yours.
4. Working out without a commute
My favorite part? No commute. There are literally no more excuses when it comes to skipping workouts. No traffic, no schedule conflicts, no fear of returning to the studio. You don’t even have to worry about packing a gym bag with a change of clothes and shower supplies or prepping a snack or protein shake to bring to work. Just shut your computer, throw on some leggings, and get to work.
Community—the element of online fitness memberships we don’t often think of. When we go into studios, we understand the beauty of a fitness community. We’re greeted by our instructors, we chat with others in the class, and we all sweat together and encourage each other throughout. But working out at home is different... or is it?
We can do workouts on our own at home all we want, but we’re definitely going to miss out on the community aspect we all know and love. But, with live stream classes, we can create a different kind of community. The beauty of it? It’s not just your neighbors anymore. Anyone with an online fitness membership can join these classes, regardless of where they’re located in relation to the studio, so you can be working out alongside people from all over the world—now that’s something I can get behind.