4 Big Health Trends to Look for in 2016

Health Trends of 2016

One of the many things that I really enjoy about being in the health and wellness space is that it’s so dynamic. Nothing stays the same way for too long.

There are so many great minds out there collaborating to create new theories, and almost every day it seems like there’s some new ground-breaking study being released. We’re constantly evolving, and moving towards greater and greater levels of human performance and quality of life.

Sure, there are some areas in which we’re perhaps moving in the wrong direction, but mistakes will be made, and in general I think we’re seeing a positive shift.

I’m not a betting man, but here are four health trends that I’m pretty sure we’re gonna see continue to grow over the next twelve months – into 2016 and beyond.

1. Human Movement

The idea of movement as opposed to ‘fitness’ is something that I’ve been really interested in for quite some time now.

I think I stumbled across some Ido Portal videos whilst at uni and instantly became hooked. The way he talks about the complexity of human movement, and how fitness is a watered down version of our natural potential is almost poetic. His one armed handstands are pretty cool too…

With the newly crowned UFC Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor working with Ido in the latter stages of his fight camp against Jose Aldo, I’m thinking that this movement thing is only gonna grow from here on out.

You heard it here first…

“They call me “Mystic Mac”, because I predict these tings!”


2. Obstacle Course Racing

The OCR world is booming right now.

Companies like Spartan Races and the Tough Mudder have seen massive growth. Last year Spartan held 130 events in 15 different countries, with thousands of weekend warriors and seasoned pros donning the headbands and getting stuck in.

Again, I think it goes back to our innate drive towards natural human movement. There’s just something about crawling under barbed wire, swinging on monkey bars and throwing spears that really brings out that primal core that’s often buried deep down when we work the standard nine-to-five.

Plus, it’s arguably a bit more exciting than the old run-bike-swim alternative. No offence…


3. Self Quantification

I know there have been people out there bio-hacking for years, but I feel like the whole online self quantification scene has really started to blow up lately.

Western medicine does a fantastic job with acute health issues, but it’s not always the best treatment option for a lot of the chronic health issues we see popping up here, there and everywhere.

As opposed to settling for a vague diagnosis and a handful of pills from the GP, more and more people are being proactive and taking their long term health into their own hands. They’re using services such as Wellness FX to track their blood markers, in an attempt to get to the root cause of their ailments (or even to nip illnesses in the bud before they even become and issue).

The age of technology is also the age of personal responsibility, and I don’t see it changing anytime soon. Expect to see more companies and self quantification apps and devices springing up in the near future.


4. Plant Based Diets

We’ve already seen massive progress being made in the plant based world over the past year. Just some of the highlights include:

  • The environmental documentary Cowspiracy was picked up by Netflix.
  • Popular YouTubers Jack Harries, Louis Cole and more recently The Hodge Twins moving towards a plant based diet. Between them they have more than 6 million subscribers – that’s a lot of people to influence…
  • Big brands such as Quorn and Ben and Jerry’s committed to making more vegan products.

So the future is looking pretty green!

And if my little diet experiment of late continues the way it has been, a trend towards a higher fat plant based diet may be on the cards too…

I don’t want to give too much away right now, but so far since I started eating a higher proportion of fat, I’m feeling like I have more sustained energy and better digestion than the higher carb approach that I was previously taking

If it carries on this way and I carry on feeling and performing the way I currently am, then I want to share what I’ve learnt with as many people as possible!

Your turn!

What trends in the health/fitness/nutrition world do you expect to see in 2016? Any that you would add to the list or take away?

Let me know in the comments section below!


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Luke Jones
Luke Jones is a mover, blogger and wellness enthusiast. He spends his time exploring and sharing ideas in mindful movement, healthy living and adventure.

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