Wellness in 2019 was defined by CBD, the resurgence of treadmills and high-tech, at-home fitness. Those will continue to proliferate in 2020, but they’ll also be joined by a new crop of health and fitness trends. From the new CBD to the new HIIT, here are five wellness trends you’ll see everywhere this coming year.
1. HILIT Workouts
If the past few years were all about HIIT, or high-impact interval training, 2020 promises to see a rise in HILIT, or high-intensity, low-impact training. What will that look like? The buzziest example is P.volve. Created by Victoria’s Secret Angels trainer Stephen Pasterino, P.volve is a strengthening and lengthening workout that you can do at home or in a studio. Using equipment that can be purchased through P.volve or on Amazon (like the famous thigh- and glute-toning P.ball, plus gliders, armbands and ankle weights), it uses Pasterino’s knowledge and training in applied functional science to ensure safe, effective movements. Another HILIT workout? Rowing, which you can do at studios like Rowgatta in New York, Lit Method in Los Angeles and Row House in hundreds of locations around the U.S. and Canada.
2. The New CBD
Fine, CBD isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, but a few other non-psychoactive (read: won’t get you high) cannabinoids have been popping up over the past few months and will continue to do so into the New Year. The front-runners? CBG, or cannabigerol, which promising early studies are finding could treat glaucoma, have antibacterial properties, and help inflammatory bowel disease and colitis and more; and CBC, or cannabichromene, which early research indicates could help Crohn’s disease, neuropathy, chronic post-operative pain and more. (Both of these require further research to confirm efficacy, but this is exciting stuff.)
3. Functional Drinks
Water isn’t the only thing wellness-minded folks will be sipping this coming year. Functional drinks are beverages crafted with superfoods, herbs, spices and adaptogens meant to support a specific key function of the body and optimize overall health. Some we’ve already tried are Goldthread Plant Based Tonics, ROAR Organic Electrolyte Infusions and Luna Bay Booch (which is a slightly alcoholic functional option).
4. Experiential Wellness
Far from the sad hotel gyms of yore, travel and wellness in 2020 looks a whole lot more luxe—and intense. Casa Delphine in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, will offer its first wellness retreats in 2020. One that caught our eye was its Wellness and Fermentation Retreat, a four-night, five-day retreat featuring an array of cooking courses that will teach people how to better balance their gut health. There’s also Camp Yoga, with nine locations around the U.S. and Canada, which offers an adult sleepaway camp experience with yoga, ninja training, group runs and, yes, wine.
5. Mindfulness 2.0
We’ve long loved meditation and general mindfulness as a form of self-care. We practice both to reap benefits ranging from stress reduction and improved sleep to heightened focus and increased creativity. And while we’re not canceling our Headspace subscription anytime soon, we are expanding our practice in 2020. How? With things like CBD-infused meditations and active meditations done during workouts. For example, the 90-minute CBD meditation at Pennsylvania’s Mindflow consists of a brief introduction to CBD and a mindful drinking practice where CBD-infused tea is served. That’s followed by a guided meditation featuring a mix of calming sounds including singing bowls, gongs and drum beats.