Be aware of the latest health and wellness trends to get you inspired and motivated to continue the journey to a healthier you.

1. Minimalist workouts
Quick, doable and budget-friendly workouts are continuously gaining popularity worldwide especially with increasing online exercise videos and programs. Basic strength and cardio body weight exercises that you can do anytime and anywhere for as short at 5-10 minutes are effective in terms of results and sustainability. If you are still too busy to go to a fitness studio or gym, you can jump-start your workout routine right now by jogging in place for 3 minutes, then doing 1-2 sets, 10-15 repetitions each of squat, push-up, lunge, abdominal crunch and shoulder bridge. As you become stronger and more consistent, you will be more motivated to progress by trying other exercises or by making the current routine more challenging.

2. Natural eating
More and more people are becoming aware of the benefits of clean eating. When going to supermarkets, consumers choose products with natural ingredients and less preservatives – nuts and seeds instead of chips, spreads like peanut butter with no added sugar, pure coconut juice instead of packed fruit juices and whole grain foods like red rice instead of white. A shift towards a more plant-based lifestyle by eating more whole plant foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, nuts and lentils is becoming a trend as well. Healthy eating is not only about counting calories focusing on weight loss anymore, but more about eating quality foods for productivity and longevity.

3. Smart consumer
The amount of information available online, the rise of various fitness programs and studios, plus the growing number of fitness professionals play a huge role in educating people about active living. Consumers are wiser now when it comes to matching their current needs and situation with the correct exercise environment, exercise programs and fitness trainers. An exerciser who travels a lot will not commit to a gym membership and would rather hire a trainer to go to his house. A housewife who enjoys working out with a group of people will enroll in a gym so she can attend fitness classes.

4. Active travel
We all love to travel and this habit has become part of our wellness programs since we all need to relax and enjoy after a certain period of passionate hard work. Nowadays, there have been a lot of cheaper travel packages, so we have the chance to unwind more often. Fitness wearables play a great role in motivating travelers to stay more active when away from home by walking more, jogging, hiking and cycling even without the use of a gym. Exploring healthy eats while away is now part on an active traveler’s itinerary.

5. Holistic wellness programs
Aside from having a strong and fit body, people are giving much importance to their emotional and mental well-being. Wellness authorities are coming up with programs that will help people achieve a healthy, positive and balanced lifestyle. Holistic wellness assessments can include the client’s medical condition, genetics, fitness level, nutrition status, personality, attitude and emotions to create a balanced and well-designed program (with exercise, diet, stress management, attitude and behavior change).

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Mitch has been in the health and fitness industry for 17 years. She is a Licensed Physical Therapist and holds a masters degree in psychology from Ateneo de Manila University focusing on lifestyle and weight management. She is a certified personal trainer with the American Council on Exercise, health coach and group fitness instructor. She is a fully certified Pilates instructor in B and B studio and an Indoor Cycling Instructor at Electric Studio. She is also certified in PIYO (Pilates-Yoga), Piloxing, Zumba and Schwinn Indoor Cycling. website: http://positivebody.ph