Aussie culture is no stranger to health and wellness. From bodybuilders to fitness models and beyond, Australia has always had a fascination with keeping our bodies and minds healthy and functioning properly. The unique thing about our culture today is that new trends seem to spread like wildfire due to the rise of the internet.
Wellness culture has gained mass popularity both in Australia and worldwide. Keeping on top of these trends can help you stay informed and aware of the best advice from the health and wellness world today. With that in mind, below are the seven most relevant health trends in Australia right now.
1. Brain Power
With ever-growing competition for our attention, our culture has seen a massive push towards taking back some healthy headspace and retaining focus. From medicinal solutions like Omega-3’s and nootropics to the mental benefits of working out, taking care of your brain is more popular than ever.
2. Health Insurance
There are a handful of health insurance options out there, and it’s important to make sure that if something out of your control happens, you’re covered. Australian health cover is very different to the US. While you take care of yourself and take responsibility for your physical health, it’s always nice to know that your medical bills are taken care of. Australia’s health care system is very different from America’s; while America currently has no universal healthcare, Australia utilizes Medicare.
HIIT, or High-Intensity Interval Training, has grown massively in popularity over the past few years, and for good reason. This style of training is incredibly effective at burning fat and takes only a short amount of time.
4. Ugly Food
The “ugly produce” trend has gained some momentum recently. The environmentally conscious have begun buying produce that is disfigured or imperfect but still completely edible and delicious. In addition, buying “naked” or unpackaged foods have grown in popularity as well.
More and more research has gone into the beneficial effects of certain mushrooms on health. Recently, adding particular mushrooms to coffee (or as a substitute for coffee) has grown in popularity. Claimed benefits include increased mental focus as well as decreased inflammation. One popular company sells pre-blended coffee and mushrooms as a speciality health product aimed at those interested in decreasing jitteriness.
6. Stress and Rest
Your body needs stress to grow and become stronger. For instance, lifting a weight places a certain amount of stress on the body, causing your body to respond and adapt to that stress by creating increased strength and muscle mass. However, too much stress in the form of the hormone cortisol can have some negative effects.
That’s why some innovative apps and fitness trackers are able to measure and analyze cortisone levels in your body and give you recommendations about how and when to exercise. That way, you stay fresh for your workouts and you don’t burn out as easily.
7. Whole Foods Made Easy
You might have noticed some more easy, ready-to-go whole food options available at your local grocery store. That’s because food companies are becoming increasingly aware that consumers are interested in maintaining a healthy, whole-food-based diet. From meal kits to protein bars and pre-assembled smoothies, these foods are allowing a ton of convenience without sacrificing health. This trend is sure to gain some steam in the wellness industry.