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Food has never been more fashionable. In fact, the only place that reflects your lifestyle, as well as your workout wardrobe, is your kitchen pantry. From kale to blueberries, quinoa to wheatgrass, superfoods are the nutrient and mineral packed ingredients we consider most essential to our journey of wellness.
To rank as a superfood, the product in question needs to offer health benefits above and beyond your average carrot. To be really ‘super’, a food must deliver advantages for the present and the future, protecting our cells against aging and disease. So what does the future hold, and what new superfoods should you be stocking in your kitchen cupboards to stay ahead of the curve? You heard it here first. These are the five superfoods tipped to take over health food stores (and healthy Instagram accounts) in 2016.
While Matcha may already be on your radar, it’s not yet gone mainstream. The green leaves of tea are ground into a fine powder, and added to hot water to make a potent drink. Instead of drawing nutrients from tea leaves, we drink the entire leaf, increasing both the variety and quantity of nutrients we can absorb. A super powerful source of antioxidants, vitamin C, zinc and fibre (unusual for a drink), Matcha is about to have a major moment. Look out for it in your local coffee shops (matcha latte anyone?), and stay tuned for more cakes and smoothies featuring the green stuff.
Somewhere at the back of your spice rack you may find a dusty jar of this golden powder. It is one of the main spices traditionally used in curries and mustards, but in the Western world it is gaining respect for a whole host of health-enhancing properties. In China and India turmeric has been celebrated as an anti-inflammatory agent for hundreds of years, aiding stomach complaints, bloating, digestive issues and arthritis. An awesome antioxidant, watch the rise of turmeric over 2016 as more supplement versions become available and smoothie menus finally give it the pride of place it deserves.
The regular consumption of fermented foods is nothing new for several territories, such as the side dish of Kimchi that you’ll find served with most meals in Korea. By late 2016 the rest of us will have caught up. A healthy gut flora is a solid foundation for a healthy, lean, disease-free body. Fermented foods are excellent detoxifiers, reducing the inflammation caused by sugar, processed foods, and chemicals. Loaded with probiotics to promote the growth of healthy gut bacteria, fermented foods have a big role to play in strengthening our immune system and reducing the risk of disease, obesity and some cancers. You’ll see fermented foods in numerous forms: live yogurt (100 million active cultures per gram), fermented beans (tempeh), fermented soup paste (miso), fermented cabbage (Sauerkraut) and fermented drinking yogurt (kefir) to name just a few. These nutritious and healing superfoods are going to become household names and regulars on shopping lists over the next 12 months.
Last year it was quinoa, next year it’s the turn of teff. The world’s smallest grain is not to be underestimated as it delivers one of the biggest nutritional profiles. The staple food of Ethiopia, this minute superstar is gluten free and rich in fibre, iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium and the B vitamins which are vital for metabolising energy. Watch this space as teff becomes our new favourite breakfast base (the porridge of the future) and a ubiquitous ingredient in baking.
There has been a growing buzz about this next superfood, and in 2016 it is expected to hit the mainstream market in a big way. The tiny golden granules are one of the single most nutritious foods in the world, containing almost every nutrient required to sustain life. It is rich in amino acids and antioxidant properties, and powerful enough to heal inflammation and assist in promoting great gut health. Make space now for the addition of pollen in your breakfast bowls and daily smoothies.
This article was originally published by Sweaty Betty. Visit their website at www.sweatybetty.com
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.