Me again, blog post number two for the week.
Today, I’m sharing 3 Wellness Trends for 2017, that are really worth embracing.
Gotta be honest – I’m not a “wellness expert” or “fit fab mom” or “health coach”. I’m just a gal trying to figure out the best way to live a cleaner, greener, healthier, and more spiritually-sane life. I’ve selected the below three “trends” (FYI I hat this word) because they are easy to implement, make sense, and could make your life a little brighter and better.
Wellness Trends #1 – Anti-Bootcamp Fitness + Body Recovery
We’ve become obsessed with high-intensity workouts and bootcamp exercise classes that leave us gasping for air. I was never into that craze, even though you do see amazing results. Particularly, after the birth of my son, David, in 2014, I needed to find workouts that didn’t tax my back. That’s when I discovered Fluidity, a barre/pilates-inspired workout that uses your own body weight to delicately sculpt and tone the body, while also helping improve pelvic floor muscles and improve core strength. If you live in NY and LA, you can find Fluidiy classes in a gym. I actually have the Fluidity system at home, and I’ve never owned any exercise machine. Well worth the investment.
You’ll also want to invest in a great foam roller. It’s a pre and post exercise essential, to loosen up muscles, prevent injuries, as well as sooth the body at the end of a long day of hustling kids, work, home and all. Check out Instagram for my favorite night-time foam rolling pose for total body de-stressing. My physical therapist calls this move “The Jesus”.
Wellness Trends #2 – Collagen Boosting Suppliments
This one is kind-of funny. I’ve actually be on-trend, with collagen, my whole life, thanks to my grandmother!
Every time grandma nudged me to eat bone-broth (in Russian we call is boulon) because it would cure everything, she was right! Bone broth is a natural, age-old, proven way to increase your intake of collagen.
What’s so special about collagen?
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body – it’s what keeps your joints from squeaking, your skin from sagging, and your hair from shedding. Yup, it’s that amazing. But, sadly, we produce less of it, as we age.
Enter Vital Proteins, my new beauty BFF – no joke! My insta-stories can attest to my love for this NO-GMO powdered collagen, sourced from the best grass-fed beef or wild-caught fish. One or two scoops a day will really help you as you cross into your 30s, 40s and beyond.
Sometimes I make smoothies, even cookies, using Vital Protein’s Collagen Beauty Greens or Collagen Peptides with Vanilla & Coconut Water. Other times, I pop a scoop into my water or tea. (Check packaging to see which can go into cold vs hot mixtures).
PS I still make my chicken (sometimes beef) bone broths for the family. It’s delicious and easy. Click for recipe, and please don’t buy stock!
Wellness Trends #3 – Crystals and Chakras
Ya, so this one is new for me. I’ve gotten into essential oils, chakra meditations (thank you YouTube) and, yes, even crystal power.
Here’s how I look at it – if something makes you happy, and it’s not causing harm to your or anyone else, why not do it!?
That’s why I’ve placed Rose Quartz, the stone of self-love (selected at Well+Good’s Wellness Trends event from Luke Simon of La Vie En Rainbow) near my bandstand, purchased numerous stone bracelets that speak to me (and then I google the meaning, to much delight — I always pick what I’m seeking/praying for) and try to do a Chakra mediation every so often.
Here’s to YOUR Health
May 2017 bestow upon you all the brightness and beauty you seek. And, may you have many reasons to smile.
Remember, a happy mom, means a happy family.
If all else fails, there should ALWAYS be a bottle of Rose on standby.