Live Better with Bonviva Wellness: the Latest Trends for Your Well-Being
Stretching, sweating, and eating right – the wellness trends for 2018 are bringing tried-and-true approaches back into our daily lives. Bonviva presents three of the hottest trends and wellness offers from American Express to go with them.
The days are short, and the weather cold – just the right time to take care of yourself. The wellness trends for 2018 can give your body a real boost. Following the principle of rediscovering time-honored methods, some genuine classics are becoming part of our daily routines. Reinterpreted and rebranded, activities such as stretching exercises and the infrared sauna are now all the rage. Perhaps there is something to these tidbits of wisdom from the world of wellness.
Trend Number 1: Stretching
In the US, they are popping up all over the place: stretching studios. As the name suggests, these facilities are devoted exclusively to helping people gain flexibility by working with their own bodies and strengthening them. More and more gyms and dance studios in Switzerland are also offering dedicated stretching classes.
This trend is based on knowledge dating back to the 1980s: Regular stretching makes people more flexible, improves posture and performance, and promotes blood flow to our muscles.
That's why many people always include a stretching session before and after each workout. Especially today, with us increasingly spending our time sitting in front of the computer, it is worthwhile to stretch a little longer. A daily stretching routine of just ten minutes can work wonders.
Trend Number 2: Infrared Saunas
Although infrared saunas have been around for quite some time, their use is presently exploding again and they are being featured in more and more gyms, yoga studios, and spas. Unlike the widely popular Finnish sauna, infrared cabins work with a different type of radiation: infrared waves. They are even used in rehabilitative therapies and by neonatal intensive care units to treat premature babies.
Because their heating system is different, infrared saunas – at temperatures of approximately 50°C to 60°C – are generally somewhat cooler than conventional saunas and have different effects on our bodies. They loosen the bones and joints, ensuring a deeper state of relaxation and assisting detoxification. Nevertheless, despite the lower temperature, they can really make you sweat.
Trend Number 3: Anti-Inflammatory Foods
Beets or spinach, cherries or blueberries, ginger or turmeric – it's easy to incorporate anti-inflammatory foods into our daily diets. Besides being the latest trend, they are also good for you.
Inflammation really can cause a whole range of afflictions, such as acne, arthritis, and Crohn's disease. Inflammation also has a negative effect on our fat metabolism and immune system. However, chronic inflammation often goes unnoticed in our bodies for a long time. So, eating a diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods as a preventive measure has its rewards and even tastes delicious. That is because many foods we eat naturally fight inflammation.
Tip: Golden Milk
Ayurveda has been using this healing beverage for centuries: "golden milk" is a drink that warms, fights inflammation, boosts the immune system, and detoxifies. Simply heat 200 milliliters of milk with 1 tablespoon of turmeric paste, 1 teaspoon of honey and coconut oil, and a pinch of cardamom for 10 minutes, and then enjoy.