There is hardly an industry more finicky and trending than the health, wellness, and fitness industry. Every new piece of equipment is the latest and greatest and every new pill is the answer to "building lean muscle" and "losing belly fat"...whatever that means...
The following list is one man's opinion about trends that will be bringing the heat in 2016:
1. Infrared Yoga: This is brand new and has the potential to be the new "hot yoga", only less hot, and more healing based. Infrared technology has been available in saunas for years now. It is believed to be efficient in free-radical and toxin elimination within the body, and, in my opinion, embodies what yoga really offers, mental and physical calmness and healing. Believe me when I tell you, this will be all the rage and there will be dozens of locations opened in your area within the next two years.
2. Floating: Less is more. Do less...no less...no...less...now you're getting it. I know, I know, it sounds odd. Basically, you are placed in a sensory deprivation pod (no light, no sound, no stimulation), in warm water, and you float. It is gaining popularity and locations...consider it new age meditation.
3. Parkour: Also known as "free-running". This is a callisthenic based training program that uses urban obstacles, body weight, and constant, fluid motion as training. It has strong cult popularity and is even gaining TV exposure with obstacle races and something called "American Ninja Warrior". There are a limited number of facilities offering lessons and obstacle courses, but look for this trend to blow up in urban centres.
4. Slack-lining: The name is an oxymoron...damn hippies. More or less, it is tight-rope walking, but usually no more than 2 or 3 feet off of the ground. All you need is a sturdy line (woven, about 3 inches wide) and two strong trees to tie it between. It is a fun and social way to work on balance, core strength, and focus. It is inexpensive, portable, and you don't have to be an athlete to succeed and enjoy yourself.
5. Natural supplements: The once powerful and infallible Vega supplement suppliers have been beaten up a little bit over the last couple of years. They have made some mistakes in their product and their marketing, and while I applaud the idea of organic supplements (not as in USDA certified) as in non-chemical, they have lost their iron clutch on naturalists. Look to the supplement giants to release some natural products this year that will take the industry by storm.
Now, I'm not saying to go buy stock-options in all of these areas, but you can believe that you will be hearing more about these five in the coming months of 2016. If you feel this list is incomplete or if I missed the mark, add your voice to the comments section, and don't forget to follow me on Twitter! @BrendanRolfe